We love hamburgers, tacos, and chili, but new ground beef recipes are always welcome in my kitchen. This southwest ground beef casserole is a favorite!
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Southwest Ground Beef Casserole

We love hamburgers, tacos, and chili, but new ground beef recipes are always welcome in my kitchen. This southwest ground beef casserole is a favorite!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 5
Calories: 663kcal
Author: Amanda Formaro

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1/2 cup diced orange bell pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Magic Dust seasoning or Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 16 oz. tomato sauce
  • 10 oz can of Red Gold Diced Tomatoes & Green Chiles
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 ounces shredded Mexican 4 Cheese blend
  • 1 1/2 cups dried macaroni style pasta cooked al dente
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican 4 Cheese blend
  • sliced green onions for garnish

Magic Dust ingredients (you can use steak seasoning instead):

  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt finely ground
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard powder
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup granulated dried garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a two-quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • In large skillet brown ground beef with onions, bell pepper and red pepper flakes. Season with Magic Dust or steak seasoning.
  • Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, oregano and chili powder and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the frozen corn and simmer for a few more minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the 2 ounces of cheese until melted.
  • Gently stir in the cooked pasta.
  • Pour everything into prepared casserole dish and top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.
  • Garnish with green onions if desired.

To make Magic Dust:

  • Mix everything together and store in an airtight container. Keep some on a shaker bottle for the grill!

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Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 6515mg | Potassium: 1518mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 7835IU | Vitamin C: 39.3mg | Calcium: 353mg | Iron: 8.2mg