Gringa Mexicali Casserole

This recipe was inspired by a desire to not put taco chips or corn/flour tortillas into a casserole. They simply turn to mush and are lost in the dish.

So, I decided to use pasta, an odd thing to be sure, and something not found in authentic Mexican cooking I expect.

Hope you give it a try. This is simply comfort food and perfect for fall and winter dinners. Great as a warmed-up leftover.

Serve with a tossed salad.




  • 1 lb ground meat of any kind, the leaner the better
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 2 jalapeno chopped (feel free to add or reduce with Serrano, chilis, or other peppers according to your taste)
  • 1 jalapeno for topping
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomato or equivalent fresh
  • 2 small cans tomato sauce
  • 1 cup corn, frozen, canned or freshly cut
  • 1/4 c. chili powder, and a tsp each of salt, pepper, cumin, chipotle powder.
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can any kind of beans such as pinto, red, or black, rinsed
  • 2 c shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 2 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 c pasta (elbow or other) cooked and drained


  1. Brown meat in skillet, draining off grease when done, and set meat aside in a bowl.
  2. Add onion, green pepper and hot peppers and saute gently until well softened.
  3. Add meat back and add the diced tomatoes and one can of the sauce.
  4. Add all the spices. Stir and simmer for about ten minutes.
  5. Add beans, and corn and stir in the Monterey jack cheese.
  6. Add the pasta and stir.
  7. Pour into a good-sized casserole dish–at least 10×14 (or use two)
  8. Top with the other can of tomato sauce (spread around with the back of a spoon), the cheddar cheese, and slices of the remaining jalapeno pepper.
  9. Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for about 50 minutes, depending on whether it is hot going in, room temperature or fresh from the refrigerator.

Serves: 10 good-sized servings.


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