Mexican Casserole

Call it a casserole,  all it a pie, call it lasagna, call it whatever you want… It doesn’t matter. You will be too busy stuffing your face to even worry about a name. For the sake of this post, I decided to call it a casserole…. Which if any of you think like me, which may not be likely, I don’t associate the word “casserole” with an amazing dish. Yes, I know, there are phenomenal casseroles out there. I just think of the word, and think…. just a gross hodgepodge of leftovers. However, I am getting over that strange association… Does that mean I’m maturing? Getting used to this whole “adulthood” life? Nonetheless, this dish is the perfect thing to switch up your typical taco night!

the layers, as you’ll see in the recipe is (from bottom to top)

-little bit salsa

-tortilla shells

-chicken, cheese, salsa mix

-tortillas

-veggie salsa mix

-cheese

Mexican Casserole

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

8 4.5"x3" pieces

Mexican Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 lb cooked meat, I used shredded chicken
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 8 Tortilla Shells, I used corn
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 5 tbsp Salsa
  • 1 cup Black Beans, drained
  • 1 cup Corn, drained
  • 1/4 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper, diced
  • 2 tbsp Fire Roasted Diced Green Chilies
  • 1 9x13 baking pan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Put your meat into a large skillet pan along with the taco seasoning.
  • Cook your meat until it is thoroughly cooked.
  • While your meat is cooking, lightly coat your baking pan with 1 tbsp salsa (yes, that comes out of your 1/2 cup)
  • Place 4 tortilla shells on your lightly coated dish
  • Once your meat is cooked (if it is chicken, shred it at this point), place it in a bowl and put 2 tbsp salsa and 1 cup of your cheese mix
  • Stir those three ingredients together, and spread the mixture on top of your base layer of 4 tortilla shells
  • Once you have evenly distributed your mixture, place 4 more tortilla shells on top.
  • In the same bowl (why make more of a mess for yourself?!), pour in your corn, black beans, red peppers, green peppers, and fire roasted peppers.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of salsa in, and mix it all together
  • Distribute this mixture ontology if your second layer of tortilla shells, and then top with the rest of your cheese
  • Place in the oven for 17 minutes, and then broil on high for the last 3 minutes.
  • Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before eating
  • Top with more salsa, sour cream, guacamole, get creative! Enjoy!
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