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King Ranch Beef Casserole

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: casserole, chicken, make ahead recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Susanne Eagan


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium onion - diced
  • 1 medium bell pepper - diced
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 can Tomatoes and Chilies
  • 8 oz processed cheese - cubed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • House Seasoning Blend to taste
  • 1 dash hot sauce - optional


  • Preheat oven to 350⁰
  • In a skillet over medium high heat melt butter and then add in pepper and onion cooking until they become tender and fragrant (2-3 minutes)
  • Add beef salt and pepper to skillet then brown, drain fat
  • Stir in packet of taco seasoning mixing until beef is evenly coated
  • In a sauce pan over medium heat combine onion, bell pepper, cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup,tomatoes with chilies, and the Velveeta cheese and one cup of the cheddar. Add in Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce. Stir occasionally until cheese is melted.
  • Prepare a 9X13 casserole dish with coat with non-stick spray.
  • After preparing your casserole dish, cover the bottom with crushed tortilla chips to create a crust
  • Layer half the browned beef on top of the chips
  • Then add half the sauce on top of the beef
  • Repeat with chips, beef, and sauce
  • Top with remaining cheddar cheese
  • Bake at 350⁰ for 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly
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