I am beginning to appreciate more and more the value of a great casserole recipe. Casseroles are so easy to make. All you need is a casserole dish, a few ingredients and an oven. In no time you can have a satisfying meal for the entire family.
I’ve been working with Country Crock as part of their Casserole Club. They sent me a few items to prepare a Mexican Casserole recipe for this blog post.
When I think “casserole”, Mexican food is not something that comes to mind. I was looking forward to making the recipe. I added a little bit of a twist to it. Also, I made a few suggestions at the end of the recipe about things I’ll do differently next time.
Mexican Beef & Corn Casserole
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro – I used pre-cut cilantro
- 1 can (15.5 oz.) reduced sodium black beans, drained
- 1 can (11 oz.) Mexicorn, drained (Southwestern corn would work OK too)
- 2 Tbsp. Country Crock® Spread
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2/3 cup fat free sour cream
- 1/4 cup shredded low fat cheddar cheese (I used a Mexican blend of cheese)
- 1 cups of crushed Tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 400°. Cook ground beef in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, then stir in cilantro.
Combine black beans, corn and Country Crock® Spread in 8-inch baking dish. Top with beef mixture; spread with salsa and sour cream and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake 20 minutes or until heated though and cheese is melted.
I think it turned our really good, but it needed a bit more of a “kick” to it. The next time I make it I’ll use the whole jar of salsa, the whole container of sour cream (I had used a small one) and perhaps some seasoning like taco seasoning.
Another idea I had was to omit the tortilla chips and spoon the casserole into taco shells.
I would try this as a topping for chips (to serve at parties) but I think the ground beef would be too heavy and the chips would crack.
My family enjoyed it. Initially they thought it looked kind of weird, but once they tasted it they enjoyed it.
This is just one of several mouth watering casserole recipes you can find on the Country Crock website, www.CountryCrock.com (look for recipes on the top tab). You can also follow the brand on Facebook and Twitter. You can find some recipes on their Facebook page.
For even more recipe inspirations check out the Country Crock Pinterest page. Be forewarned, don’t view their Pinterest page if you are hungry. They have A LOT of drool-worthy recipes on their site.
How would you like to try this recipe for yourself? Country Crock would like to give a lucky reader a wonderful prize package to help you make this scrumptious recipe for your family. The prize pack includes:
- Country Crock VIP free product coupon
- Calphalon oven mitt
- Kitchenaid Gourmet short turner
- Cuisinart Boxed Cheese Grater
- Country Crock recipe card
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