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Light Mexican Casserole

A must-try dinner: Here's a healthy layered casserole using whole wheat tortillas, lean beef and more veggies than traditional recipes. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (95% lean)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon hot chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, optional


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the beef, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Stir in the water, flour, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, coriander and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-6 minutes or until thickened.
  • In a small bowl, combine beans and salsa. Place two tortillas in a round 2-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with half of the beef mixture, bean mixture and corn; repeat layers. Top with cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting. Serve with lettuce and tomatoes if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece (calculated without lettuce and tomatoes): 367 calories, 11g fat (5g saturated fat), 64mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 8g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2-1/2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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  • mbandboys
    Dec 28, 2015

    I make this recipe even healthier by switching out the refried beans with black beans. Tastes delicious, is healthier, and my whole family loves it.

  • niagaracat
    Jun 19, 2014

    Delicious! Very impressed with how tasty this was. I liked having the lettuce and tomato served on the side so people could help themselves. This dish even warmed up nice the next day in a low oven without drying out the tortillas (only 2 of us so leftovers are a usual staple)

  • smuedeking
    Jul 10, 2012

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  • bmlink627
    Jun 25, 2012

    This recipe is a winner! Easy to make and very tasty. We will be making this again, very soon.

  • mglahti
    May 26, 2012

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  • clayton21
    May 12, 2012

    My family loves this tasty recipe! They are constantly asking me to make it. The flavors together make a delious dish!

  • meserwa
    Mar 16, 2012

    Next time we are only going to use 1 tortilla on the bottom, it was too thick to try and fork-cut it. Super Nummy.

  • mjlouk
    Mar 2, 2012

    Took awhile to make but it was really good. I used ground turkey and it still tasted great!

  • M.Schulte
    Mar 2, 2012

    Not liking beans I used wild rice and made a couple other minor changes based on what was in my cupboards. My family loved it overall and I think it will be a keeper.

  • FitnessLovingMom
    Feb 24, 2012

    This was VERY easy to make, short prep and cooking time, and it tastes amazing! This is not soggy, and it has amazing flavor. I am going to use this seasoning mix for the next time I make tacos. This is the first mexican casserole that I have made that had good flavor and wasn't soggy. I made it with 2 layers and cheese on top.