Prep 23 mins
Cook 15 mins
This classic Mexican-American dish has been transformed into a casserole, making it easy to serve with a lot less mess. Feel free to vary the filling to suit your taste -- this version is mild to accommodate children's tastes. For the adults, try adding cilantro, jalapeño pepper, and a spicy salsa to half of the casserole.
- 8 small fajita-size flour tortillas
- 2 cups refried beans
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1⁄2 small red onion, diced
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground beef
- 1 1⁄2 cups salsa (medium for a spicier taste)
- 1 minced fresh jalapeno pepper
- 1 1⁄2 cups cheddar cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut 5 of the flour tortillas into strips, about 1/2 inches in width and set aside.
- Line the bottom of a 9 by 13 casserole dish with the remaining flour tortillas.
- Spread an even layer of refried beans over the tortillas.
- In a large skillet heat the canola oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and beef to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes; breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is no longer pink. Pour off and discard any excess liquid, stir in the salsa.
- Spread meat mixture over the refried beans, sprinkle on optional jalapeno peppers.
- Top with tortilla strips and sprinkle on cheddar cheese.
- Bake in preheated 350 degree oven until cheese has melted, about 10 minutes.
- Serve with sour cream, chopped tomatoes, and chopped avocado on the side.