Mexican Ground Beef Casseroles
Ground beef casseroles are a hearty, inexpensive way to feed the gang. Make ground beef special with this Mexican twist, and let this casserole star in its own Mexican fiesta.
This south-of-the-border casserole combines refrigerated pizza dough, beef mixture, and taco-cheese blend into a sensational one-dish meal.
Mix up all the fixings for nachos--ground beef, cheese, salsa, and olives--and bake them in a casserole for a family-pleasing dinner. Slices of pizza dough stand in for the chips.
Pumpkin puts a seasonal spin on an American classic, tamale pie. Here, it's combined with layers of rich ground beef, hearty veggies, and a down-home cornbread topper.
Instead of filling and rolling corn tortillas, they're torn into bite-size pieces and layered with back beans and a ground beef and potato filling. A generous topping of cheddar cheese finishes this family-style Mexican casserole.
For a doubly delicious taste, this robust pizza packs a zesty ground beef and salsa filling between two crusts.
This Mexican casserole tastes just like tacos, but without all the single-serving fuss. Just layer your favorite ingredients between flour tortillas and bake.
In the mood for Mexican tonight? This combination of pasta, salsa, ground beef, and cheese captures south-of-the-border flavors.
Hamburger, salsa, and corn are covered with corn bread for a bake that's homey and quick.
No more boil-and-eat packets: Knowing how to prepare Mexican rice from scratch requires a few added steps but pays off with more flavor and far less sodium. Mexican rice (also known as Spanish rice in the U.S., though it's not at all native to Spain) is a popular side dish, often served alongside refried beans, at Mexican-American restaurants.
For busy weekday dinners that satisfy with little fuss or mess, you'll want to learn how to make beef casserole. Since you can do most of the work ahead and time, casseroles are a perfect go-do dish for nights when you want to sit back and unwind while dinner heats up seemingly effortlessly in the oven. And since casseroles cook up on one dish, clean-up is easy too.
From hamburgers to meatloaf, casseroles to meatballs, ground beef has long been a staple of American home cooking, in large part because it's more affordable than other types and cuts of meat. So it's no wonder that somewhere along the line, someone invented sloppy joes -- deliciously messy sandwiches made with ground beef in a tomato-based sauce that can range from mild to spicy -- as a means of stretching the amount of beef they had on hand to feed a few more.
Spanish rice, ironically, is not a Spanish at all -- it originated in Mexico (and is sometimes referred to as Mexican rice). Spanish conquistadors introduced rice to Mexico in the 1500s, hence the name; it soon took on a life of its own, evolving into an economical "peasant" dish that turned bits of leftovers into a full meal. So we can thank Mexican chefs for the popularity of this deliciously versatile dish that has become an American favorite.