Beef Mexican Casserole (Um Gala)

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I grew up with my mother cooking this and loved it everytime. She got it from my aunt. And I'm not sure why it's called "Um Gala" but I think it's because someone after taking a bite, said, "Ummmm good or maybe ummm golly this is good!" This was one of my mom's favorites to take to pot lucks and she made it for me when I would visit from college. I made it last night and my 8 year old daughter loved it and my DH couldn't stop talking about it. (If you want more meat add more meat. And if 1/2 cup of Ro-Tel tomatoes makes it too spicy (like for kids) then substitute some of it with regular canned diced tomatoes. Or if you like it really spicy add more. Also, to save time, use bagged tortilla chips.)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute hamburger meat, onion and green pepper. (It's better to start the onion and green pepper in a little oil before adding the meat).
  2. Drain if there is excessive grease.
  3. Mix the soups, garlic salt, tomatoes and Cheez Whiz and heat in a separate pan until cheese is melted and mixture is well mixed.
  4. Cut the tortillas into fourths. (My mother would fry them in some oil first but this is not necessary - just tastes better).
  5. Layer ingredients alternately in a greased casserole dish in this order: tortilla chips, meat mixture and soup mixture. End with the soup mixture last. You should have about 2 layers.
  6. Bake at 325 degrees in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes.


Most Helpful

This tasted good, I only put 4 stars though simply because it was not the best Mexican Casserole I've eaten. It tasted alot like a beef enchilada w/alot of cheese except it was in a casserole form. It was definately nothing out of this world for me...but was good and def. edible.

ItalianDelia January 27, 2009

Excellent! This was exactly what I was looking for because I had some items to use before they got too old. I followed the recipe except that I was needing a recipe to use part of a green pepper I had, part of a red bell pepper, and parts of a white onion and red onion so I used all of those together just to get rid of them. I also used more hamburger meat, used a whole can of rotel tomatoes and added extra garlic powder. Also, I had some flour tortillas in addition to the corn tortilla chips so I put both in. DH prefers flour tortillas so he really liked it. It turned out great ! Thanks southern!

luvcats June 08, 2008

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