Friday, March 8, 2013

Healthy Mexican Beef & Potato Melt ~ A Gluten-Free Recipe

Casserole-type meals never seem to be the prettiest dishes but have always been my favorite.  It seems generic and distasteful to admit that, but it's true.  Good ones are so warm and cheesy and comforting.  It's a nifty thing when one can serve an entire dinner in a single pan.

I would like you to meet my newest addiction.  The best part is?  Everyone in the family loves it, too!  Not too spicy for sensitive little tongues, but flavorful enough to satisfy grown-ups, this hearty dinner of crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside potatoey, cheesy, Mexicany goodness is a happy dinner and potluck offering.  Try it and see if it doesn't become a new favorite in your home, too.

Mexican Roasted Potato Casserole
Prep time: 15, bake time: 45 (divided); serves 6-10
  1. Preheat oven to 425ยบ.  Place potato cubes in 9x13-inch pan.  Drizzle olive oil over the potatoes and mix until pieces are coated.  Stir in the first tablespoon of taco seasoning.  Bake potatoes for 40 minutes.
  2. While potatoes bake, brown ground beef.  Turn heat to simmer and pour 1/4 cup water into cooked beef.  Stir in the other 2 tablespoons taco seasoning and turn off heat once water has been absorbed (I've also been known to stuff a food processor full of spinach or other greens, run them thru, and mix it in with the beef at this point of the preparation).
  3. Once the potatoes are browned and done, layer beef on top of them.  Pour salsa over beef.  Top with grated cheese and sprinkle green onions on top.
  4. Bake 5-10 minutes to allow cheese to melt.  Serve warm with a dollop of creme fraiche on top.  Other yummy garnishes are fresh cilantro and avocado slices.


  1. Mmmm... that looks so delicious!

  2. Yum! I know my family would love this

  3. Do you know how many pounds of potatoes you use in this recipe? I don't have russets, only the smaller golden potatoes.

  4. Rachel MacPherson-CrouseMarch 14, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Making this tonight! It's in the oven and smells great!

  5. Just made this tonight! SUPER delicious! Loving all your recipes!! =)

  6. Have you ever tried to freeze this meal? Wondering if it would freeze well, precooked, maybe minus the cheese or something?i made it one time for a pot luck and it got gobbled up with lots of compliments, thanks!


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