Mexican Casserole

healthy and delicious comfort food
Healthy and delicious comfort food
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Ingredients

Nonstick spray
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 Yellow onions chopped
2 Red bell pepper chopped
1 lb Lean ground beef or swap ground chicken or ground turkey
2 tbsp Chili powder
1 ½ tsp Cumin ground
½ tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Black pepper ground
¼ tsp Cayenne pepper
2 cloves Garlic minced, about 2 tsp
2 cups Brown rice cooked, or quinoa or other grain of choice, about ⅔ cup uncooked
1 cup Greek yogurt plain nonfat
1 can (15 oz) Black beans reduced-fat refried
¾ cup Cheddar cheese freshly grated sharp Cheddar chese, divided
¾ cup Mozzarella freshly grated, divided
1 (10-oz) Diced tomatoes and green chiles drained well; use mild or medium
For serving:
Cilantro fresh
Green onion chopped

Nutritional information

447
calories
19g
fat
36g
carbohydrates
32g
protein
77mg
cholesterol
837mg
sodium
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Mexican Casserole

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Enter this Mexican Casserole! It is easy, cheesy, healthy, and a huge crowd-pleaser. With only 15 minutes hands-on time, this versatile recipe is a dream meal for busy cooks. So sub in other grains or protein to transform it into a brand new casserole. 

Making this casserole is easy. Start with the basics. Cook the onions and bell peppers, and add the beef, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Sauté until the beef is browned. Remove from the heat and stir in the rice and Greek yogurt. Assemble the casserole by layering the beans, cheese, diced tomatoes with green chilies, and ground beef mixture. Top with more cheese and bake the casserole until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Switch to broil and cook until the cheese is lightly browned. Garnish with cilantro and green onions and serve hot.

To make the Mexican Casserole, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Mexican Casserole

Steps to make Mexican Casserole

1

Heat oven

5

Preheat the oven to 350 °F. Coat a 9×13-inch large casserole dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

2

Cook onions and peppers

5

In a Dutch oven or deep skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high. Add 1 chopped onion and 2 chopped red bell peppers. Sauté for about 5 minutes until slightly softened.

3

Sauté beef

5

Add 1 pound ground beef, 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 ½ teaspoons cumin, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon ground black pepper, and ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper. Sauté until the beef is cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.

4

Add rice and Greek yogurt

1

Remove the beef mixture from heat. Stir in 2 cups cooked brown rice and 1 cup plain Greek yogurt until evenly combined. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.

5

Assemble casserole

1

Spread 15 ounces refried black beans into an even layer in the prepared dish.

6

Sprinkle with cheese

1

Sprinkle ¼ cup grated Cheddar cheese and ¼ cup grated mozzarella cheese over the beans.

7

Top with tomatoes and chilies

1

Sprinkle the tomatoes and green chilies evenly over top.

8

Top with beef mixture

1

Spoon the ground beef mixture evenly on top of the tomatoes.

9

Top with cheese

1

Top with remaining ½ cup grated Cheddar and ½ cup grated mozzarella.

10

Bake

15

Bake, uncovered, for about 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the casserole is hot.

11

Broil

5

Switch the oven to broil and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.

12

Serve

Sprinkle the Mexican casserole with chopped cilantro and green onions, and serve.

This Mexican Casserole is delicious, hearty, healthy, and easy to make. Give this recipe a try in your own kitchen, and don’t forget to tag #cookmerecipes on social media when you do!

Bethany is very passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and clean diet. She’s trying to cut meat out of her diet as much as possible and focuses on cooking vegetarian food and fish. Bethany gets a kick from finding ways to add new twists to classic dishes. What’s more, thanks to her Asian roots, she’s great at combining different cuisines to come up with something extraordinary. Bethany’s recipes will inspire you to add new colors and flavors to your everyday meals.

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Athina

My mouth is literally drooling, this looks amazing! I love it!

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