Firecracker casserole

This firecracker casserole is a family favorite and one of my most go to casseroles of all time. It’s easy to put together especially when you are in a pinch for dinner. Which is basically all the time with me and a busy little two year old running around the house.

If you like really spicy foods then just add a little more chili powder and jalapeno to the dish. I cut it down a little just so the whole family could enjoy this casserole. Another thing I like about this recipe is you can freeze for later use. Going back to being in a pinch, just make this ahead of time and freeze for later use.

Firecracker casserole

I know a lot of families out there would love to be eating this for dinner especially new moms.  This Tex-Mex casserole is also along the same lines of this firecracker casserole.  Both are perfect for a nice dinner at home.


ENJOY ~ Meagan

Firecracker casserole

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Firecracker Casserole

Yield: 6+ servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
2 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeno
1 can ranch style beans, undrained
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
8 corn tortillas (broken up into 6 pieces each)
6 oz. shredded cheddar cheese



Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In medium skillet, brown the beef and then drain
Add onions, salt, chili powder, cumin, and jalapeno to the beef and stir
Spray a 13x9 casserole dish
Add meat; start to make layers by adding the ranch style beans, tomatoes, mushroom soup, tortillas, and then shredded cheese
Repeat layers and bake for 50 minutes.

Firecracker Casserole


  1. We loved it. It was simple, delicious, and terrific even as leftovers We had to double the beans, tomatoes and soup to stretch for a 13/9 pan. We still had about a lb. of ground beef that wouldn’t fit (which we turned into tacos for our fussy guy). I’d say a 9×9 pan would work for us with only 1 lb. of ground beef.

  2. What are Ranch style beans? Pinto beans? Kidney Beans?

  3. What could I sub for the cream of mushroom soup? I really want to make this but my family doesn’t like mushrooms at all! Thanks!

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