Quick South of the Border Casserole

Paula Todora Recipe

By Paula Todora ptodora

15 Min
30 Min

My mom used to make this for our large family back in the 1970s, and we loved it! It is easy, fun to make and yummy to eat! You can make it mild by adding mild green chiles or spice it up a bit by substituting pickled jalapenos.

This recipe is close to my heart, bringing back memories of me and my 3 sisters at the dinner table, fighting over seconds! I hope you enjoy it as much as we all used to!

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1 Tbsp
vegetable oil
1 lb
93% lean ground beef
1 tsp
1/2 tsp
garlic powder
1 Tbsp
dried onion
10 oz
can mild enchilada sauce
16 oz
can refried beans
2 Tbsp
canned chopped mild green chiles (or pickled jalapeno peppers)
1 c
2% cottage cheese
2 c
shredded mild cheddar cheese, divided
6 oz
crunchy tortilla chips, crushed by hand (2 handfuls)

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 2 1/2 quart or 9x13" casserole dish with nonstick spray; Set aside.
Heat large skillet on medium high and add oil; Add ground beef, salt, garlic powder and dried onion. Stir and cook until beef is cooked, about 5 minutes.
Don't drain meat; Add the enchilada sauce, beans and chiles (or jalapeno peppers for a hotter dish); Stir and cook 2 minutes on medium low, then remove from heat and set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix cottage cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese.
Layer 1/3 of the meat mixture to the bottom of the casserole; Top with half of the cheese mixture and half of the crushed chips.
Repeat this one more time, ending with the last third of the meat mixture. Top with the remaining 1 cup cheddar cheese.
Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Serves 8

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Casseroles
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids
Hashtag: #Casserole

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Bea L. BeachChic
Feb 20, 2012
I'm loving your recipes, Paula. As you've noticed I am sharing them with groups to get them out there.
Straws Kitchen CinCooks
Feb 20, 2012
You have some nice recipes girl.
Paula Todora ptodora
Feb 20, 2012
Thanks, Bea and Cindy! What a nice community this is.
Mar 2, 2012 - Kathy Griffin shared a photo of this recipe. View photo
Kathy Griffin bamagirl125
Mar 2, 2012
Paula I made this for dinner last night and Joe and I both loved it, will be sharing this recipe with family and friends, and it's going in the cookbook I am making for my niece. Thanks for a great dish, loved it
Kathy Griffin bamagirl125
Mar 2, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Paula Todora ptodora
Mar 5, 2012
Kathy, you're a gem! What a nice compliment to have you try my recipe and approve it as family tested! Great photo too.
Kathy Griffin bamagirl125
Mar 5, 2012
I told my soon to be MIL about it yesterday,,, I have to take her a copy of the recipe thought she was going to drool,, lol,, it is so good
Dec 11, 2013 - Bobby Webb shared this recipe with discussion group: "EVERYTHING MEXICAN"
Paula Todora ptodora
Dec 11, 2013
Glad you liked it, Kathy-and I think you're a great comedian!