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I grew up in San Diego, so a love for Mexican food is something that was ingrained in me from day one. While I love a good taco shop, I love even more being able to prepare food at home for my family. I only recently discovered La Morena peppers, and they make a nice addition to our Mexican dishes.
We have Mexican food regularly, whether that’s burritos, taco salads, enchiladas or something not on our standard menus. And would you believe that my girls’ favorite cultured foods are salsa and spicy carrots? Teaching them young 😉
Now that Fall is here again and I don’t have to worry about overheating the house with the oven, I’m back in casserole mode. I was craving Mexican food, but didn’t want the number of dishes it normally takes me to prepare a feast. So I decided to bake a casserole.
One pot meals are the way to go on busy nights. Not only is there less mess, but it’s so easy to make enough food for two (or three) nights that way! Double bonus.
So we headed to Food for Less to gather all of our favorite ingredients. I debated between the La Morena Sliced Green Pickled Jalapeños and their chipotle peppers, but settled upon jalepenos because they’re one of my favorites.
Then we headed home and layered all of the delicious ingredients into a cake pan. It came out pretty awesome!
Easy Mexican Fiesta Layered Casserole Recipe
- 1 30-ounce can refried beans
- 9 corn tortillas (slider size)
- 2 cups homemade guacamole
- 3 cups shredded chicken
- 1 can La Morena Sliced Green Pickled Jalapeños
- 1 ½ cups sour cream
- 16-ounce jar of salsa
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- Preheat your oven to 350 F
- Spread the refried beans in the bottom of the casserole pan. You can use whatever type of refried beans you like. La Morena has a few different varieties, including Plain, Black and refried with a chipotle pepper and Adobe sauce mixed in.
- Layer the corn tortillas over the beans.
- Pour the jar of salsa over the tortillas, then spread the guacamole over that.
- Sprinkle the chicken over the top of the guacamole.
- Layer the La Morena Sliced Green Pickled Jalapeños over the chicken. I went light this time at the kids’ request, but I would spread the peppers in a solid layer for my taste. These jalapenos have a delicious, authentic taste to them.
- Spread the sour cream over the peppers, then sprinkle the cheese over the top of that.
- Bake the casserole uncovered for 40-45 minutes, or until the cheese reaches your desired crispness (the crispier the better!).
I think this casserole was even tastier the second night! If you left the tortillas out, this would make a delicious party dip as well!