Southwestern-Style Beef and Potato Casserole

Southwestern-style ground beef and potato casserole

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 85 mins
Total: 100 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
692 Calories
36g Fat
49g Carbs
47g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 692
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 46%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 847mg 37%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 47g
Vitamin C 27mg 137%
Calcium 609mg 47%
Iron 5mg 28%
Potassium 1445mg 31%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Southwestern seasonings make this a flavorful casserole the whole family will enjoy.

Prepare the casserole earlier in the day and refrigerate until it's time to bake.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno peppers, or mild chile peppers

  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 dash freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1 (15.25 ounce) can Southwestern or Mexican style corn, drained

  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan (2 1/2- to 3-quart size).

  3. Heat oven to 350 F.

  4. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  5. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the ground beef, onions, and celery.

  6. Cook until beef is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.

  7. Add garlic and peppers; cook, for about 1 minute longer, stirring frequently.

  8. Stir in the tomatoes, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin. Bring to a simmer.

  9. In the prepared baking dish, arrange half of the sliced potatoes, then top with half of the corn, half of the ground beef mixture, and half of the cheese.

  10. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining cheese.

  11. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Glass Bakeware Warning

For premade casseroles or leftovers that are in a glass baking dish and have been refrigerated, do not place directly into a hot oven as the glass can shatter. Instead, place any cold glass bakeware into a cold oven to warm up while it preheats. Or, allow the bakeware to rest outside of the fridge for 30 minutes to reach room temperature while the oven preheats.