Beefy Mexican Casserole

Beefy Mexican Casserole is a fun family meal! This recipe is healthified by adding lots of veggies, lean beef and a creamy avocado topping.
Beefy Mexican Casserole on Dairy & Gluten Free Recipe. Loaded with lean ground beef and veggies!!

Here I go again, my love affair with Mexican food. I can’t go too long with out posting a fiesta inspired recipe. I could eat chips & salsa with a side of margarita everyday. If only I was in my 20′s again….

One thing I love about creating my own Mexican recipes is I get to control what all goes into my meal. Trust me, I like to eat Mexican food when we go out, but I usually come home feeling like I overstuffed myself cheese, fried tortillas and refried beans. And then it sits in my stomach, like a rock. I swear to not to eat a whole basket of chips the next time I go but I break that rule every time. I just can’t help myself!!

Beefy Mexican Casserole on Dairy & Gluten Free Recipe. Loaded with lean ground beef and veggies!!

This Beefy Mexican Casserole is a meal you can feel good about eating. By swapping out some unhealthy ingredients, you’re going to have a figure friendly meal. Instead of loading up this Mexican casserole with cheese, tortillas, potatoes and sour cream, this recipe has loads of veggies including butternut squash, black beans and peppers. I usually need some kind of topping on my Mexican food, so blended some avocados with some citrus and cilantro. It replaces the need of sour cream I usually put on my food.  This recipe is Paleo Diet friendly since it’s dairy free and gluten free!

When you want a healthy Mexican dinner to feed your family, give this Beefy Mexican Casserole a try! You’ll love the mild spicy kick, a variety of vegetables and creamy avocado topping. It’s the perfect recipe on a fall night!

Beefy Mexican Casserole on Dairy & Gluten Free Recipe. Loaded with lean ground beef and veggies!!

Beefy Mexican Casserole


  • 4 poblano peppers, roasted & peeled
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed, diced
  • 8 oz butternut squash, diced
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with chilis, drained
  • 1 (14 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Roast poblano peppers. To do this, blacken the skin of the pepper in the broiler. When all skin to the pepper in charred, put peppers in a resealable bag and let them hang out for 10 minutes. Peel skin off with your fingers and water. Remove the stems and the seeds from inside the pepper. Set aside.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet set to a medium heat, brown ground beef. Add onions, jalapeno and butternut squash. Cook until meat is fully browned. Add all of the seasonings, hot sauce & tomatoes; stir until well combined. Add black beans and remove from heat.
  3. Spray 8x8 casserole dish with cooking spray, Chop poblano peppers into thick strips. Lay 8 strips on the bottom of the casserole dish. Spoon the meat mixture over the peppers. Lay 8 more poblano strips on top of the meat. Spread the remaining meat mixture over the peppers.
  4. Cover dish with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Serve with avocado cream.
  5. In a blender, add avocados, cilantro, lime & lemon juice. Sprinkle a little salt. Blend and stream in olive oil. You want the avocado cream to to be thick, so it mimics a sour cream texture. Add sauce on top of each casserole portion.
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6 Responses

  1. Deb@ Kneaded Creations says

    Mexican food flavors are my favorite! and your recipe has all the favorites blended together! just popping over from the Whimsey Wednesday Link Party. I have pinned, liked and tweeted, and g+-ed. I would love it if you would drop by my site again at for a short visit! I will look forward to seeing you there! Deb @ Kneaded Creations.
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  2. Amy | Club Narwhal says

    Meghan, you combined two of my great loves in one awesome pan. This sounds SO good!

  3. Trish - Mom On Timeout says

    I love how much good stuff is in this casserole Meghan! It sounds so yummy!
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  4. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    Gluten free Mexican casserole!!! Yum Meghan!!! Loving the squash. I am such a Tex-Mex food addict– it’s not even funny! Thanks for a recipe I bet I could get my kiddos to eat!

    • Meghan Early Swint says

      My husband didn’t even notice that the tortillas were missing, so I’m sure your kids will love it too!


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