Oh. My. Goodness. I am so in love with this Creamy Beef and Green Chili Casserole. All I did was make a couple of minor changes to a recipe my mom used to make a lot when I was a kid. And BOOM, BABY! It’s sooooooo delicious! My family also loves these Mexican Casserole and Chicken Black Bean Chilaquiles recipes.
When I was a kid, my mom made a casserole with beef, green chilies, and corn tortillas. I can still remember watching her tear tortillas into pieces.
I knew my family would like the kind of casserole my mom made, but I thought I would try switching out the corn tortillas for some corn tortilla chips. Good decision. Very good decision! I also made a couple of other tiny changes, like adding a little extra cheese, some garlic salt, and oregano.
Mexican Recipes You’ll Love
- Zucchini Taco Skillet
- Creamy Cilantro Verde Enchiladas
- Restaurant Style Salsa
- Homemade Flour Tortillas
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Mexican Delight
The end result is amazing and shockingly, was even better the second day. Now those were leftovers worth fighting over. This easy dinner is definitely going on my shortlist of favorite weeknight dinners.
Did I mention it is sooooo simple to put together? All you need is a pound and a half of ground beef, a chopped onion, a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of diced green chilies, garlic salt, oregano, black pepper, cheese, and corn chips.
how to make creamy beef and green chili casserole
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Brown the ground beef with the onion, and then add the cream of chicken soup, chilies, spices, and cheese.
- Place half the chips in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, pour half of the meat mixture over it.
- Pour half of the meat mixture over it.
- Add another layer of chips and add the rest of the meat mixture.
- Sprinkle with two cups of cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
- And just like that, you have an extremely delicious dinner to serve your loved ones.
Tips for making Creamy Beef and Green Chili Casserole
- If you really like green chilies, use two cans, but my family likes it best with only one.
- Add a little black pepper to the beef mixture, if you want.
- Mexican Four Cheese or Cheddar Cheese can be used in place of the Colby Jack Cheese.
- 1½ lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 4 ounce can diced green chilies
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 cup milk (fill the empty soup can about ⅔ full)
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic salt, scant
- 3 cups Colby jack cheese, separated
- 1 bag tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray and set it aside.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion.
- Once it is browned and fully cooked, add the cream of chicken soup, milk, green chilies, oregano, and garlic salt. You can also add a little black pepper if you want. Stir together.
- Next, add 1 cup of cheese and stir again.
- Line the baking dish you prepared with a layer of corn chips. Pour half of the meat mixture over the corn chips, and then put another layer of chips over that.
- Pour the remaining meat mixture over the second layer of chips and sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of cheese evenly over the entire casserole.
- Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
- Serve with a green salad and/or Spanish Rice.
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This beef and green chili casserole looks amazing. I’ll probably store this recipe with all of my favorites on Swiftstack. This would definitely go amazing with a Spanish rice.
Thanks Dennis! It really is a fantastic recipe!
I like this recipe and plan to try it! I’m wondering what you think about dividing a can of Mexican corn (well drained) and adding to each layer? I love the fiesta corn that Del Montr makes. Have you ever tried anything like this, if so, how did it turn out!
That sounds really good, I haven’t tried it with corn, but I bet it would be a great addition.
I was thinking the same thing! I’m adding corn to it.
Can u use corn tortillas instead of Doritos chips! And if so how!
Yes, just cut about 8 or 10 of them into small strips and mx them in with the meat mixture before baking.
Delicious. I prepared this for my wife and I tonight and served it with corn. Because it’s only for two and we’re in our late seventies I cut the recipe in half but used one 4 oz. can of Green Chili. While we both liked it and declared it a keeper I under salted it and, after a few bites, my wife mixed her corn with the casserole. Your recipe is delicious as is and I will gladly share it with our children and grandchildren. However, in the future I will add a small 8.5 oz. can of corn to the mix.as that really spoke to our taste buds. Thanks for giving an old man something new to cook.
Maybe I missed it, but no degree to cook in oven. I did it at 350. If a new cook, could through them off. No canned chili’s, BUT, i went to garden and fried those babies up with onion. I cooked onion with green chili’s so they are cooked. Great recipe.
Sorry about that! We fixed it. Love that you were able to get some out of your garden! Perfect!
I fixed this tonight and it was absolutely delicious. Truly wonderful. It will go into our rotation for sure. Hubby is a great chef and couldn’t stop raving, which is unusual when I cook. Ha! I think he had four servings.
I did make a few changes, which I feel guilty even admitting to, but want to share in case it brings others as much joy as it did for us. Please know that I am 100% positive that it would have been just as terrific if I’d fixed it as written, and I don’t want to be “one of those people”, but here you go—–
we only had a pound of beef, so that’s what I used.
added the onion after the beef was browned
due to a milk challenge, I subbed almond milk. I worried, but it worked great!
added a small can of corn as others suggested
tossed in a drained can of Ro-tel that was looming in the corner of the pantry.
no colby jack on hand, so I used a sprinkle of leftover parm, some sharp and extra sharp cheddar.
Make this. We are super picky about what’s yummy. THIS is really yummy. Everyone eating with you will thank you!!!!
Sounds amazing! I think Rotel is a delicious addition! There is another recipe from the early years called Mexican Casserole that your family would probably love if they loved this recipe. Thank you for coming back to leave a review! I love hearing that this was a hit with your family.
Absolutely delicious! #julygiveaway
Delicious!! My family loved it. So easy to make. I will be making it again.
I love hearing that! So glad you all liked it! It’s one of my favorite casseroles!
You put tortilla chips and then in directions you put corn chips. Can you tell me which one you use or is it doritos?
Hi Diane, I am sorry, I often interchange calling them corn chips and tortilla chips. The pictures of the step by step instructions should give you an indication of which type they are. My mom used to use corn tortillas instead of chips. Hope that helps.