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Mexican Beef and Bean Casserole

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Servings 4
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Add something spicy to your family’s Mexican cuisine night. Enjoy this ground beef casserole packed with pinto beans and salsa – a cheesy meal!
Updated Jan 3, 2024
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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cans (15 to 16 ounces each) pinto beans
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup thick & chunky mild 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    10-inch skillet; 2-quart baking pan or casserole
  • tip 2
    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.
  • tip 3
    For a flavor with more zip, use Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers or, as it's also known, pepper Jack cheese.
  • tip 4
    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.
  • tip 5
    Rinse and drain the beans in a strainer. Rinsing canned beans results in a cleaner taste and can reduce digestive problems.


520 Calories, 26g Total Fat, 41g Protein, 45g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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