Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole

Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole

A MUST HAVE healthy and wholesome dinner for your weekly rotation. This easy, throw-together Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole has become one of our family’s favorite meals. Ground beef, thinly sliced potatoes, beans, and corn, cook in a delicious broth of fire roasted tomatoes, garlic and spices. Top with cheese and you’ll have happy campers at the table.

Post updated on 3/20/2024

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What You’ll Love About Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole:

  • A comforting dinner the whole family will love.
  • The perfect meal for a meat and potato lover.
  • A healthy meal full of protein and fiber.

Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole is basically an “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe. It has it all! Flavorful ground beef, potatoes, beans, veggies, tomatoes, cheese, spices and herbs. It’s the ultimate comfort food dish that’s delicious and super simple to throw together on a whim. Definitely my kind of meal to serve my family.

This recipe was an inspiration from Chelsea’s Cowboy Casserole from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. I modified a few items and measurements to suit my family and we’ve made it so many times now I’ve lost count. I feel like this has been one of those recipes I fall back on when I’m struggling with my weekly meal plan. It’s just too easy not make and too easy not to love. Plus, leftovers are awesome and even better the next day!

I am confidant this will become a new family favorite you’ll make over and over again!

Slow Cooker Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Yellow onion
  • Garlic
  • Green bell pepper
  • Baby red potatoes
  • Fire-roasted corn
  • Red kidney beans
  • Fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • Low sodium beef or chicken broth
  • Chili powder
  • Chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika
  • Colby-Jack shredded cheese

Toppings:

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

How To Make Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole:

Step 1. Cook the ground beef, onion, and bell peppers over medium high until beef is cooked and no longer pink. Add garlic, salt and pepper, chili powder, and chipotle chili powder. Cook until fragrant, about 1-minute.

Step 2. Add the meat mixture to a 6 Qt slow cooker along with the rest of the slow cooker ingredients. Gently stir to combine.

Step 3. Place the lid on your slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. Once the potatoes are tender sprinkle the top with cheese and allow to melt. Serve with toppings like cilantro and sour cream.

What to serve with Tex-Mex Casserole:

This truly is a complete and filling dinner but if you want other options, especially if you’re serving this to company, here are some favorites that would pair wonderfully with this casserole.



Other Slow Cooker Meals You Might Enjoy:

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Tex-Mex Slow Cooker Casserole

A MUST HAVE healthy and wholesome meal for your weekly rotation. This easy, throw-together casserole has become one of our family's favorite meals. Ground beef, thinly sliced potatoes, beans, and corn, cook in a delicious broth of fire roasted tomatoes, garlic and spices. Top with a little cheese and fresh cilantro and you will have happy campers at the table.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Calories: 442kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef ground turkey or Italian sausage can be substituted
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 pound red potatoes sliced thin
  • 1 15oz can fire-roasted corn, drained
  • 1 14.5oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth chicken broth can be substituted
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Colby-Jack shredded cheese

Toppings

  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Sour cream
  • Hot sauce

Instructions

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Season with a 1/2 tsp of kosher salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper. Cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess grease. Add chili powder, chipotle powder, and minced garlic. Cook just until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Add the meat mixture to a 6 Qt slow cooker along with the rest of the slow cooker ingredients including another 1/2 tsp kosher salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Gently stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 5-7. NOTE: You want your potatoes to hold together and not be mushy so check for doneness.
  • Once potatoes are tender top with shredded cheese. Place the lid back on for another 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with toppings.

Notes

Tips:
 
  • Depending on your slow cooker the potatoes may need more or less time. Check for tenderness to make sure they don’t overcook.
 
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
 
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving  
Calories 442
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 135mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 75.8g 28%
Dietary Fiber 13.2g 47%
Total Sugars 7.1g  
Protein 25.8g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 7mg 38%
Potassium 2033mg 43%

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcal

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