I love Mexican food and I love casseroles, so why not combine my two favorite things? This recipe has come to the rescue. It was pretty simple to make – chop some onion, brown the hamburger, add some chopped jalapenos, add some cans of black beans, corn, and tomatoes, and then put them in a casserole. I think the most confusing parts for me was putting in the tortillas, but I quickly learned why – even though the wrapper clearly said 8, I ended up with 9. I seriously counted them at least 5 times. Wow. I did do my normal thing and substituted sour cream for plain greek yogurt for the middle layer. And, I most definitely added too many jalapenos. If even my knight in shining armor mentions that it’s a bit hot you know it was a few peppers too many. However, I still liked it. I may have liked it better if there was some tomato sauce or something to make it less dry.
- 1 lb extra lean lean ground beef, (drained or rinsed)
- 1⁄2 cup onion, chopped
- 1⁄4 cup canned jalapeno pepper, slices, chopped
- 2 cup fresh tomato, chopped (or 15 oz can diced canned tomatoes)
- 15 oz can corn, kernels drained
- 15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 1⁄4 oz package taco seasoning mix
- 8 corn tortilla
- 3⁄4 cup nonfat sour cream
- 1⁄3 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese, blend, shredded
- 1⁄3 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped, to taste (less or more)
- Brown ground beef and chopped onions in large skillet; brown 10 to 12 minutes or until thoroughly cooked, stirring constantly. Drain well and rinse with warm water to remove all fat; return beef/onions to skillet.
- Add corn, black beans, tomatoes, chilies/jalapenos and taco seasoning mix; mix well. Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile spray 12×8-inch (2-quart) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cut each tortilla in half; place 8 halves in bottom of sprayed baking dish, overlapping slightly.
- Spoon half of beef mixture evenly over tortillas. Spoon sour cream over beef mixture; spread evenly. Top with remaining 8 tortilla halves and remaining beef mixture. (Cover tightly with foil & Freeze for later OR cook as directed below…).
- (Thaw overnight if frozen) Heat oven to 350ºF. Bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with cheese. Cover; let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with fresh chopped lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, black olives, etc.