Firecracker Casserole is an old tex-mex dish that combines all your favorites like tomatoes, jalapenos, ranch style beans and corn tortillas into one dish. Make sure you check out the video listed above the recipe for step by step guidance.


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.

Firecracker casserole

Over the past few years, this recipe has become a fan favorite on the site. Please feel free to rummage through the comments to see what adaptations may have already been made. Feel free to tag me on Instagram with #azbrecipes or #azestybiterecipes. I would love to see your completed dinner.

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Firecracker Casserole


  • 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



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium skillet, brown the beef and then drain.
  3. Add onions, salt, chili powder, cumin, and jalapeno to the beef and stir.
  4. Spray a 13×9 casserole dish.
  5. Add meat; start to make layers by adding the ranch style beans, tomatoes, mushroom soup, tortillas, and then shredded cheese.
  6. Repeat layers and bake for 50 minutes.
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Firecracker Casserole

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26 comments on “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!

  4. For the life of me, I could not find ranch-style beans. I used Heinz vegetarian baked beans instead. The dish was a huge hit at home.

  5. Ranch Style Beans are hard to find outside the southern states or places where TexMex food is popular. We are military, and the commissary always carries them, but when we lived in MD & VA they were impossible to find in local grocery stores. Now we are in CA and they’re all over!

  6. do the taco shells get soggy

  7. Gosh, my husband and I loved this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing❤, it’s a definite keeper:-)

  8. Do you brown the beef first?

  9. In the instructions it says, “Add meat; start to make layers by adding the ranch style beans, tomatoes etc.” So that’s what I did – put the meat in the bottom of the pan and layered with the remaining ingredients. AFTER putting the completed casserole in the oven, I spotted the video and there it shows you layer with the meat also. I sure hope my casserole turns out, but am a little frustrated if I messed it up by following the written directions. Has anyone else been confused by this?

  10. Could you use flour tortillas instead of corn? My family does not like corn tortillas.

  11. Do you drain the ranch beans or not?  Thanks 

  12. Good family meal. If you like it hotter use original Ro-Tel. I used mild. Shredded lettuce is a great addition for crunch and freshness. My husband inhaled it and he’s pretty darn picky!!!  ❤️

  13. Do you freeze before or after you bake the casserole?

  14. This was VERY good! After reading comments from others, I doubled the beans, rotel tomatoes, and cans of soup (2 of each) but kept all the other ingredients the same in order to fill a 9 by 13 inch pan. I also used a LOT more cheese! My son convinced me to use corn/flour tortillas which were VERY good also! I was concerned at first about not draining the beans, but once I opened on the can I realized the liquid is quite thick and really adds the flavor. I was SO happy to find these beans. I had never noticed them before in the bean section!! This is a KEEPER! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  15. Are the corn tortillas used in the recipe crunchy or soft?

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  17. If you freeze do you cook casserole first?

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