Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Mexican Casserole

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Mexican Casserole

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If we are talking our three most favorite holidays, mine rank:
1. Halloween. 2. Christmas. 3. Cinco de Mayo. 

Normally we host the Cinco de Mayo party, but this year we're going to end up skipping having the festivities at our house. It makes me sad that we won't see my sil's famous fried tacos this year, but Jason and I are exhausted. Nonstop travel all this year and the return of the opening of our building this week at the summer market has zapped any energy either of us had. Playing host, even for an afternoon, is not a task we want to add to our overflowing schedule right now. We will, however, still make our little family of 3 some Mexican inspired dishes, then plop down on the sofa and just sit for a change. While I do know how to make my sil's tacos, I'm not a big fan of cleaning up all of the grease splatter, especially when we're cooking only for 3 people this year. Instead, I am going to bake us a Mexican Casserole, a favorite dish of ours that we've made many times since finding the recipe on Golden Blossom Honey awhile back.

This is a simple and somewhat health conscious dish. There are so many good-for-you ingredients packed into the recipe, minus the cheese and tortillas, but I am sure you can find healthy-ish versions of these two items at your local grocers if you wish to make that change. I leave everything as-is when we bake this, with the exception of cilantro because I don't like it. I will chop it up and sprinkle it over my husband's portion though since he's a fan of the herb. I also double the cheese because I'm of the mindset that cheese makes everything better, so the more the merrier. But even with the extra cheese, it's so much healthier than the fried tacos we'd normally indulge in for the holiday, so I call that a win. This Mexican casserole can be eaten as a standalone meal, or if you'll be hosting or attending a party, it also serves as a fantastic side dish for scooping with tortilla chips. I realize that there are already chips mixed into it, but they absorb most of the liquid and end up soft, so pairing this with a fresh chip is a most excellent *said in my most Bill and Ted voice* way to enjoy the recipe a different way. 


2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 large red bell pepper, chopped

1 large yellow bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, chopped

3 tablespoons chili powder

3 teaspoons ground cumin

1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes, chopped, reserve juice

1 cup vegetable broth

1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


salt and pepper, to taste

4 cups tortilla chips, crushed

1 cup cheddar cheese, grated



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Do you make anything special for Cinco de Mayo?


  1. I have no idea what Cinco de Mayo is, is it the same as May Day? Here it is international day of labourers and workers. Nation usually spends it picnicking in the nature.
    Nice golden crust on your casserole. Hope you will do nice with the shop this year.

    1. It's when Mexico defeated the French army, but honestly us white folk in America just use it as an excuse to gorge on delicious Mexican food. Kind of like everyone thinks they are Irish on St. Patrick's Day, we all want to pretend we know or care why we are celebrating with tacos and margaritas.
      Market is off to a decent start. June will be the month where we'll know if it's going to be a successful season or not. Fingers crossed!

  2. I can't say that Cinco de Mayo is on my calendar, but any excuse to eat Mexican food is good with me!

  3. That looks and sounds quite yummy! I have never celebrated May 5th besides attending my kids' preschool Fiesta. I will forever have the song, "Cinco de Mayo is holiday time, holiday time in Mexico" stuck in my head.

    1. Oh, I've never heard that one. I am tempted to google it, but then again I don't want it stuck in my head either LOL

  4. Sounds like a healthy choice, for the most part, indeed. Yeah. You have to know when to rest for sure. I knew your three favorite. Been around too long lol no one even really celebrates it around here that I'm aware of.

    1. What are we on now, 15 years of bloggy friendship? Funny how you get to know someone without ever having met in person, isn't it?

  5. That looks really good. I make a Mexican casserole too but mine is a bit different.

  6. Gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso.

  7. As always, it looks sooo delicious :)

  8. Cheese makes any baked dish look so pretty... or maybe that's the cheese-lover in me taking note. Either way, the dish is a good one to serve if you're having guests, or just sticking to the immediate fam. I hope you get some well-deserved rest. :)

    1. I agree, but probably because I am a massive cheese lover, too LOL!

  9. Hi again. :) Not sure if my first comment went through. Everything disappeared. Just noting that the dish, per usual, looks fantastic. You have a knack in the kitchen. Hope you enjoyed your 5th and that you get some well-deserved rest.

    1. Blogger sucks like that sometimes. I'm guilty of double commenting a lot because, poof. Where did the comment go? Ugh!

  10. I love such casseroles! I'd love to try it out.


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