Life Changing Recipe: Healthy Mexican Casserole

Monday, March 31, 2014

This time of year, my husband is home for dinner every night. During football I don't cook four nights a week, during basketball, two.

I love having him home, but I've definitely felt the need to expand my recipe box. We've also turned a major corner as far as trying to eat food that is a lot better for us, more organic veggies, less random bad for you things, etc.

I randomly found this recipe on "Pinch of Yum" and last week it fed us so well. I made the Mexican Casserole with hopes for it to be yummy and healthy.. but it was genuinely so delicious! A small portion left me feeling extremely full (because of the protein the beans bring!) but not a yucky full. Just a happy one. :)

Image from A Pinch of Yum

Ben LOVED this recipe, and I happened to make it on a night that was busy for my in-laws, so they both stopped by at different times to grab a piece. It made me so happy for everyone to get their nourishment from something delicious and healthy. We actually ate it the next night too (something we don't often do) and Ben took a large piece to work for the rest of the week. It was just an overall success... and a recipe that comes out on the cheaper side because it's a vegetarian dish. And gluten free! I feel like it would be really good for entertaining. Okay, I'm done declaring my love for this Mexican Casserole.

Healthy Mexican Casserole
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 2 green bell peppers
  • ½  onion
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon cumin
  • salt to taste (about 1 teaspoon is a good ballpark measure)
  • 2 cups Mexican cheese 
  • 18-20 corn tortillas
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • 2 cups red enchilada sauce
  • cilantro, guacamole, or sour cream for topping

(I altered the ingredients a bit, and that's what I shared with you!)
  1. Roast the veggies: Dice the peppers and mince the onions. Heat a large nonstick skillet with NO oil over high heat. Add the onion and peppers, sprinkle with chili and cumin, and do not stir. This allows the peppers to roast and brown on the outside. After a few minutes, give the pan a shake or stir and let the peppers sit again for a few more minutes without stirring. Remove and set aside. Repeat the roasting process with the corn, sprinkling with chili and cumin, removing from the heat when browned and roasted on the outside. Sprinkle the roasted veggies with a little bit of salt and toss to coat.
  2. Prep the ingredients: Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the tortillas into thin strips. Put the refried beans in a bowl and mix with a little bit of water to make them easier to spread.
  3. Assemble: Spread a little bit of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Layer in order: half of the tortilla strips, ALL the beans, half of the veggies, half of the sauce, half of the cheese. Cover with the other half of the tortilla strips, veggies, sauce, and cheese.
  4. Bake: Cover with foil (I usually spray mine with cooking spray) and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the sauce is bubbling and the cheese is melted. Serve with guacamole, fresh cilantro, sour cream, or anything in the world that you want.
To make this completely gluten free, make your own enchilada sauce or look for a gluten free brand. I have heard that Old El Paso is GF.

Original recipe found here. (there is an easy printable option)


  1. I am bookmarking this one!! Looks delicious and I've recently started trying to expand my cooking repertoire, as I'm thinking I'm going to have a cute guy who will be hungry a lot to cook for one day! :)

  2. Yummy! Stephen is not a big fan of Mexican food but he loves casseroles. I'll give it s try!

  3. I just came across your blog and I love it! its so simple and pretty and clean and your posts and pictures are so great! I can't wait to follow along and I can't wait to try that recipe!! I'm always looking for something new to add to our recipe box!

  4. This looks delicious, and easy, and awesome, AND gluten free! You're the best! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. This looks so good! Will definitely be trying :)

  6. Just another thing to add to my list of "to eat" next week. ha. hey, that's okay though - makes my dinner planning easy when I come across posts like this! ha

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