Tex-Mex Casserole on a white and red plate

Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Casserole

Casseroles are so convenient. They feed several (or 1-2 people a few times), they generally use easy-to-find ingredients, and chances are they are covered with cheese to give you those comfort food vibes. This Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Casserole checks all those boxes and more – you’re going to love this one!

This recipe uses many simple staples like canned beans, cheddar cheese, chili powder, and ground beef. For the chips and salsa in this recipe – the highlights of the casserole – I used Xochitl tortilla chips and red salsa (I like the stone ground chipotle salsa). You can omit or add things to this, based on preferences – for example if you prefer a different type of bean or if you don’t like olives or jalapeño. That’s the other beauty of casseroles – you can toss in some leftover veggies, swap a couple ingredients, and still you’ll have a delicious meal!

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Tex-Mex Casserole on a white and red plate
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Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Casserole

Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 1086kcal
Author: Carol Kicinski

Ingredients

  • Gluten free non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • cups Xochitl red salsa of choice (I like the stone ground chipotle)
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced black olives
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 cups Xochitl tortilla chips
  • 1 large tomato , diced
  • 2 tablespoons pickled jalapeño slices
  • 2 green onions , sliced

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x12-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place the beef in a non-stick skillet, season with salt, cumin, chili powder, and pepper. Cook over medium-high heat until browned. Drain off any fat. Add the salsa, beans, corn, and half the olives. Stir and continue to cook for 2 minutes or until everything is heated through.
  • Stir together the cottage cheese and sour cream.
  • Place the chips in a large food storage bag and crush.
  • Put half the beef mixture in an even layer in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Top with half the cottage cheese sour cream mixture, then 2 cups of grated cheese, and half the crushed chips. Repeat the layers. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Leave oven on.
  • Remove the foil, sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of cheese over the top, scatter the rest of the olives, the tomatoes, and the jalapeño slices over the top. Cook for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese on top is fully melted. Scatter the green onion on top and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Tex-Mex Casserole
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1086 Calories from Fat 612
% Daily Value*
Fat 68g105%
Saturated Fat 29g145%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 149mg50%
Sodium 2053mg86%
Potassium 886mg25%
Carbohydrates 77g26%
Fiber 10g40%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 1585IU32%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 874mg87%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Beans Beef Black Beans Casserole Cheese Chips Mexican Salsa Tex Mex Xochitl
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  1. Mary l
    April 24, 2021

    What do you do with the salsa?

    1. Carol Kicinski
      April 26, 2021

      Oops! Sorry about that. You’ll add the salsa when you add the beans, corn, and half the olives. I’ve corrected the recipe instructions. Thank you for pointing this out!

  2. Linda Libretti
    May 3, 2021

    Thank you for sharing your GF recipes!

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