Mexican Beef and Bean Casserole

Add something spicy to your family’s Mexican cuisine night. Enjoy this ground beef casserole packed with pinto beans and salsa – a cheesy meal!

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients

1
pound ground beef
2
cans (15 to 16 ounces each) pinto beans
1
can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1/2
cup mild chunky-style salsa
1
teaspoon chili powder
1
cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese (4 ounces)

  • 1 Heat the oven to 375°.
  • 2 Cook the beef in the skillet over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain.
  • 3 Rinse and drain the beans in a strainer. Mix the beef, beans, tomato sauce, salsa and chili powder in the ungreased baking pan.
  • 4 Cover with lid or aluminum foil and bake 40 to 45 minutes, stirring once or twice, until hot and bubbly. Carefully remove the lid, and sprinkle cheese over the top. Continue baking uncovered about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Expert Tips

10-inch skillet; 2-quart baking pan or casserole

For 18 grams of fat and 465 calories per serving, substitute ground turkey for the beef and reduced-fat Cheddar cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese.

For a flavor with more zip, use Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers or, as it's also known, pepper Jack cheese.

To spice up the flavor, next time try a higher spice level of salsa. If it is too hot, cool it with sour cream. Salsa comes in mild, hot and extra-hot.

Rinse and drain the beans in a strainer. Rinsing canned beans results in a cleaner taste and can reduce digestive problems.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
520
(
Calories from Fat
235),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
26g
26%
(Saturated Fat
12g,
12%
),
Cholesterol
90mg
90%;
Sodium
1020mg
1020%;
Total Carbohydrate
45g
45%
(Dietary Fiber
14g
14%
),
Protein
41g
41%
;
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.