Cheesy Mexican Potato Casserole Recipe

Mexican Potato Casserole

This cheesy Mexican potato casserole is the ultimate comfort food while bringing a twist on your favourite Taco Tuesday menu! This taco bake recipe is perfect for winter dinners, served with a side salad. Bring the flavours of taco seasoning into your favourite baked potato dish.

Cheesy Mexican potato casserole taco bake

CHEESY Mexican POTATO Casserole

We love Mexican food in our household – traditional style and recipes with international flavours added in, such as these Teriyaki chicken tacos. Our love of Mexican food grew even more so after having visited Mexico in 2018. It is easily our favourite cuisine to make at home, with an Aussie twist.

My mother in law made a taco potato bake for a family dinner one winter night and it was an instant hit. 

Deciding to recreate our own version, creating this hearty Mexican potato casserole, loaded with taco flavours and simple to make.

It now makes a regular appearance on the meal plan in our household, especially over the cooler winter months alongside our slow cooker favourite beef goulash

Taco potato bake recipe

While potato bake isn’t the healthiest dinner choice, it’s certainly filling and most bake recipes freeze really well if you do a lot of freezer cooking and bulk meals.

Ingredients

  • 500 grams lean beef mince
  • 1 medium onion, diced finely 
  • 4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • Salt and pepper 

Optional

  • Sour cream
  • Shallots
  • Guacamole
  • Jalapenos

How to Make Mexican Potato Bake

STEP ONE – Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

STEP TWO – Thinly slice your potatoes and add to a large pot of boiling water for around 10 minutes to soften.

cook mince and soften potatoes

STEP 3 – Add a tablespoon of oil to a large heated frying pan. Cook onion until soft, before adding the mince.

STEP 4 – Once the mince is browned, stir in corn, then add taco seasoning and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (follow instructions on the packet).

layer potatoes in baking dish

STEP 5 – Layer softened potato slices along the bottom of a baking dish and season with salt and pepper. Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese

STEP 6 – Stir salsa through mince mixture then add mince on top of the potatoes. Sprinkle with a layer of mozzarella.

Add mince to casserole dish

STEP 7 – Cover baking dish with aluminium foil and bake in the oven for around 35 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for a further 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is browned. 

STEP 9 – Serve topped with shallots and with a side of with guacamole and sour cream. Or pair your taco potato bake with a side salad.  

Mexican potato casserole taco bake

Variations

Want a spicy taco bake instead? Change up your salsa for a medium or hot version and add jalapenos to your mince mix. 

We needed ours to be kid-friendly, so hubby added his jalapenos on top after it was served instead as an alternative if you have young children or family members who don’t enjoy spicy food. 

Taco potato bake casserole

You could also add chilli or a spicy taco seasoning mixture to your ground beef recipe for other variations to give your taco potato bake some extra heat. The sour cream and guacamole help balance the spice.

For some extra crunch, crush up some corn chips on top of the cheese and even mix some into your potato layer as well. 

Storing Potato CAsserole

This Mexican bake recipe will keep in the fridge for 2 days, in an airtight container. If you are unlikely to finish your leftovers in that time, divide it into freezer safe containers or bags and freeze for later.

It will keep for up to 2 months in the freezer and is perfect for bulk meal prep menus!

For more winter warmer recipes:

Time to add a new twist to Taco Tuesday in your household, with Taco Bake Tuesday instead! 

Cheesy Mexican Potato Casserole Recipe

Mexican Potato Casserole

Yield: 8 serves
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Mexican potato casserole is the ultimate comfort food while bringing a twist on your favourite Taco Tuesday menu!

Ingredients

  • 500 grams lean beef mince
  • 1 medium onion, diced finely
  • 4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • Salt and pepper

Optional

  • Jalepenos
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Shallots

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Thinly slice your potatoes and add to a large pot of salted boiling water for around 10 minutes to soften.
  3. Add a tablespoon of oil to a large heated frying pan. Fry onion until soft, before adding the mince.
  4. Once the mince is browned, stir in corn, then add taco seasoning and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (follow instructions on the taco seasoning jar).
  5. Stir through salsa until well combined.
  6. Layer softened potato slices along the bottom of a large casserole or baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese over the potatoes. Add the taco and salsa mince mixture on top.
  8. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese on top.
  9. Cover baking dish with aluminium foil and bake in the oven for around 35 minutes. Then remove foil, sprinkle with chopped shallots and bake for a further 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is browned. 
  10. Serve with guacamole and sour cream, or with a side salad. Enjoy!

Notes

Want a spicy taco bake instead? Change up your salsa for a medium or hot version and add jalapenos to your mince mix. You can also add chilli flakes for added heat while cooking your ground beef mixture.

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