Mexican Potato Casserole Recipe

8 serves
1 hr 20 min

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

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.

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, finely diced
  • 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.


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).

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.

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.

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.

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.


If you are looking for side dish ideas, these recipes to serve with tacos work just as well with this potato bake, with plenty of inspiration to complete your meal.


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 them for later.


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


Here are a few more family favourite dinner recipe ideas:


  • Baked Feta Pasta  – This famous Tiktok pasta recipe just got even better!
  • Slowcooker Beef Goulash – This easy slow cooker meal is our new favourite alternative to spaghetti bolognese and perfect for busy days.
  • Mum’s Tuna Mornay – This is a family favourite from my own childhood, sharing mum’s classic recipe.



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

Mexican Potato Casserole Recipe

Recipe details

  • 8  serves
  • Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 20 min
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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


Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Thinly slice your potatoes and add to a large pot of salted boiling water for around 10 minutes to soften.
Add a tablespoon of oil to a large heated frying pan. Fry onion until soft, before adding the mince.
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).
Stir through salsa until well combined.
Layer softened potato slices along the bottom of a large casserole or baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
Add a layer of mozzarella cheese over the potatoes. Add the taco and salsa mince mixture on top.
Add a layer of mozzarella cheese on top.
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.
Serve with guacamole and sour cream, or with a side salad. Enjoy!

Tips

  • 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.
Holly @ Simplify Create Inspire
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