Southwestern Casserole

These southwestern flavors combine into a delicious tasty casserole, so easy to prepare, and freeze for later, or gobble up as soon as you cook it! Note: this recipe makes 2 casseroles so 1/2 it if you only want one. But truly, it’s great to gift one away or freeze for up to three months!

Tex Mex Casserole



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This recipe makes two casseroles!


  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste

  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  • While that’s cooking, add to a large sauce pan, your ground beef and onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, breaking it into crumbles.
  • Add garlic, stir, and cook about 1 minute. Drain and add back to pan.
  • Add to the pan your kidney beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, green chiles, salt, chili powder, cumin, and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes.
  • Drain your noodles when cooked, and add to your beef mixture. Stir.
  • Transfer all to two greased baking dishes.Top with cheese and jalapenos. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover; bake another 10 minutes or until bubbly. You can enjoy one and cover and freeze the other or gift away! Can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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