This Easy Casserole can be elaborate or made simple, but either way, they are a great “go-to” meal. Most of the time, you can put together easy casserole dinners with items you already have on hand in your pantry or refrigerator. This makes for a great last-minute “what are we going to have for dinner night”. On the other hand, you can plan casseroles ahead of time, and this will lead to them being more elaborate than a last-minute meal. Most of the time, it is a last-minute meal, though for me, and I like to just start putting things together. Let’s check out some of my favorite casseroles.
I do believe that everyone loves some type of taco, burrito, or fajita. This easy casserole is great because you can make it taste like any of these that you want fairly easy and less messy.
Insanely Easy CasserolePrint Recipe
- 2 cups of shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese
- 6 flour tortillas, soft taco/fajita size
- 1 can of drained, or one small frozen package of whole kernel corn
- 2 3/4 cups of mild salsa, I prefer chunky salsa
- 1 red or orange bell pepper sliced. I actually use both of the peppers in mine
- 1 package or 1-ounce of homemade taco seasoning
- 2/3 cup of water
- 1 pound of ground beef. The leaner the meat, the better here
1. Brown your ground beef in a medium skillet. Once your meat is browned, drain the fat off, and return to the same pan. Add taco seasoning, water, and peppers. Return to a simmer. The mixture will thicken, and then add corn and salsa.
2. Spray a 13×9 inch dish. Cut your tortillas in half and add 6 halves to the bottom of the dish. (If you wish to add a tiny bit of salsa to the bottom of the dish, just barely coat the bottom before adding the tortillas. This will help to keep them from sticking as well.)
3. Add half of your meat mixture and top with half of the cheese.
4. Layer the remaining 6 tortillas and repeat with the remaining meat and cheese.
5. Cover and cook for 35 minutes in a 350° oven.
This is a mild-flavored dish by the recipe. If you would like more spice, you can use a spicier salsa, or you can layer sliced jalapenos with the meat mixture. Add lime to garnish or guacamole on top. There are so many ways you can fix this casserole to make one dish with so many flavors and not have the mess of a traditional taco.