We love Mexican-style dishes in our home, and this casserole includes all those great components that make Mexican food so delicious- gooey cheese, creamy sour cream, flavorful beef, and spicy salsa!
You could serve this with black beans or corn, avocado, or tortilla chips.
It’s a excellent week-night dinner that never disappoints!
- 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
- 1 small onion, diced small
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 cup water
- 9 corn tortillas
- 1/4 cup oil for frying the tortillas
- 1 16oz. jar of salsa (I like “Herdez” brand because it uses mostly natural ingredients)
- 1 1/2 cups sour cream
- 2 cups (8oz block) mozzarella cheese, freshly shredded
Brown the beef along with the onion and garlic. Drain.
Return the beef to the pan and add the chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, and water. Simmer for 10 minutes.
While the beef is simmering, you can work on the tortillas.
Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add a tortilla and allow to cook on each side for about 30 seconds….just until it gets slightly puffy and golden- not brown and crisp) Repeat until you have done this to all 8. You can lay them on a plate with a paper towel as you move along.
Time to Assemble:
Use 9×13 baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup salsa onto the bottom and spread out so that it covers the entire bottom.
Next, tear 3 of the tortillas into pieces and arrange on top of the salsa. (I tear each one into three pieces, usually. We’re not looking for tiny shreds here)
Pour on another 1/2 cup of salsa. Spread over the tortillas.
Tear 3 more tortillas into pieces. Arrange on top.
Now, add all the ground beef. Smooth it over the tortillas.
Drop the sour cream by large spoonfuls all over the top of the beef. Then, spread it out.
Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese (1 cup)
Tear the last 3 tortillas into pieces and arrange on top of the cheese.
Pour on the remaining salsa and spread it out to cover as much as possible.
Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes- until is it a little bubbly and the cheese is melted
Let it sit for about 5 minutes and then use a knife to cut it, and a large spatula to remove it from the dish.