Hearty corn tortillas are layered with a perfectly seasoned beef filling that's also loaded up with lots of veggies, then it's topped with tons of cheese. And it's layered again and again. It's like a Tex-Mex lasagna and it's undeniably delicious!
Ready in: 1hour
1 1/4cups choppedred onionor yellow onion
1 1/4cups choppedred bell pepper
1 1/4lbs.lean ground beef
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2tspground cumin
1(14.5 oz) canblack beans,drained and rinsed
1(14.5 oz) canfire roasted diced tomatoes
1/4cupwateror chicken broth
1 1/2Tbsplime juice,plus lime wedges for serving
2cups shreddedcheddar cheese**
2cups shreddedMonterey jack cheese
15(6-inch)corn tortillas,cut into halves
Taco toppings(optional, see notes)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Heat oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper, saute 4 minutes. Scoot to the far side.
Crumble in beef, season with salt and pepper. Let brown on bottom, then break up beef and continue to cook until browned. Drain fat.
Add garlic, chili powder and cumin and cook 1 minute longer.
Stir in black beans, tomatoes, corn, water, lime juice, and cilantro and remove from heat.
To assemble casserole, layer 10 tortilla halves along bottom of baking dish, work to cover whole bottom surface as best possible.
Spoon and spread 1/3 of the beef mixture over tortilla layer.
Toss cheeses together and spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture over beef layer.
Repeat this layering process with tortillas, beef filling and cheese two more times.
Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes.
Finish with optional toppings then cut into slices. Serve warm with lime wedges if desired.
*If you'd like to make it spicy add 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (and more to taste) along with the chili powder. Or dice 1 - 2 a jalapeños and add along with the bell pepper.
**For a quicker option you could use 4 cups pre-shredded Mexican blend cheese.
Taco ToppingsThese are optional but do add some delicious flavor if you'd like to add a few.