Easy Mexican Casserole(S or E)

I love Mexican dishes on Trim Healthy Mama!  I also LOVE easy to fix, casserole meals.  I’m sure you’ve figured that out from my Meat Roma Pie and Shepherd’s Pie recipes.  One night I literally threw this meal together and we’ve enjoyed it a few times since then.  Feel free to add your own favorite toppings or added ingredients that are THM friendly. Easy Mexican Casserole (S or E) Easy Mexican Casserole (S)

  • 1 lb of hamburger
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 1 cup of salsa (pick your own heat)
  • 2 low carb tortillas (I use La Lortilla Factory)
  • 1.5 cups of cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

Brown the hamburger in a skillet with the onion and drain off the extra fat. Mix in the salsa.  Take a 9 by 9 glass baking dish and spray it with some cooking spray.  I love my olive oil cooking spray!  I place one whole tortilla in the bottom.  It takes up the whole dish!  Place half the meat/salsa mixture over the tortilla, then a sprinkling of cheese(1/2 cup or so).  Even it all out and place another tortilla on top.  Repeat!  I then put the rest of the cheese on top!  Bake at 350 for about 25 to 30 minutes.  I like my cheese bubbly and browning a tad. At our house this serves four to six.  Veggies are a HUGE part of THM so a nice side salad, green beans or broccoli would be a great side item. Toppings:  lettuce, chopped bell peppers, a few chopped tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

 

For an E: *To make this dish an E you can make a few easy changes!  Use lean ground turkey or lean ground beef!  After it is cooked, drain it and rinse it in extremely HOT HOT water.  Our goal is the get most of the fat out of the dish.  I’d also leave out the full fat cheddar cheese and pick a lower in fat cheese. You could use some 1 or 2% cottage cheese in the middle layer.  I do that all the time in lasagna! Save the sprinkling of lower fat cheese for the top of the dish.  Top with lettuce, tomato, peppers, onions and some  0% Greek yogurt!  I promise it tastes a lot like sour cream!   On the side you could enjoy a 1/2 cup of brown rice.  Just skip the fats like sour cream, guacamole and the fattier meats.

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Easy Mexican Casserole(S or E) — 29 Comments

  1. why do we add rice and skip the side salad and veggies if we go from S to E

    • You don’t have to do that. I was just giving examples. Some may add black or pinto beans to the dish to make it an E. Just suggestions. You can keep a salad or veggies if you keep the fat very low in the E setting.

    • You don’t have to do that. I was just giving examples. Some may add black or pinto beans to the dish to make it an E. Just suggestions. You can keep a salad or veggies if you keep the fat very low in the E setting.

  2. Hi, Jennifer! First off, I just want to let you know what a blessing your blog has been to me on my THM journey, as well as an encouragement to my walk with the Lord. Your sweet spirit and positive outlook is refreshing.<3

    Your Mexican Casserole looks scrumptious and I look forward to adding that to our menu here! I have an unrelated question about full fat cream cheese and would like to hear what your opinion is. The THM recipes I have read call for 1/3 fat cream cheese. Do you think there is a way I can substitute full fat cream cheese since that is what I have on hand? Or would you use the full fat for only "S" meals?

    Blessings to you!
    Naomi

    • Hi Naomi! You can use full fat cream cheese as well as 1/3 fat. It’s a choice that’s up to you. I’d keep cream cheese in S meals only no matter which I used so you’d be safe either way. One just had a lot less fat. Hope that makes sense.

      Thanks for the sweet words.

  3. Wondering if I could use corn tortillas or gluten free tortillas as a substitute for the tortillas the recipe calls for… any ideas?

    • If you aren’t on THM you can use whatever you want. 🙂 There are some sprouted corn tortillas out there that I’ve seen at Health food stores. If you did an E version of the recipe you could use those. I don’t know about Gluten free…not sure if they make low carb for those. If you aren’t on THM you could but, if you are, I’m not sure of the ingredients and numbers.

    • I too will need to use gluten free for my husband. Will just need to check ing. I guess to see carb count. This sounds like a recipe my family would like!

  4. Could you also make this an E by using chicken breast instead of the ground beef? I don’t eat beef much

  5. Thank you, this reciepe is just what I need. My husband actually needs to gain weight can you imagine. (Of course he is 6’8″ So maybe my problem is I am just not tall enough Ha.) But with this he can add things like Sour cream and gain weight. And I don’t have to cook two meals which gets old quick

  6. Jennifer, this was so easy and delicious! We had it S style with salad and green beans. The whole family enjoyed it, and it will be a keeper recipe. Thank you!

  7. Just made this last night (4/7/15) and it was such a big hit!!
    Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

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