Southwestern-Style Beef and Potato Casserole

  • PrepTime: 15 Mins
  • CookTime: 1 Hrs 25 Mins
  • TotalTime: 1 Hrs 40 Mins

Ingredient

  1. 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 cup coarsely chopped onion
  4. 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  5. 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno peppers, or diced mild chile peppers
  6. 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  7. 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes (undrained)
  8. 1 can (about 12 to 15 ounces) corn with peppers (drained)
  9. 1 teaspoon chili powder
  10. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  11. Dash pepper
  12. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  13. 4 medium potatoes (peeled, thinly sliced, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
  14. 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Instruction

  1. Grease a 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking pan (2 1/2 to 3-quart size).
  2. Heat oven to 350 F.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. When the oil is hot and shimmering, add the ground beef, onions, and celery.
  5. Cook until beef is browned and vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
  6. Add garlic and peppers; cook, for about 1 minute longer, stirring frequently.
  7. Stir in the tomatoes, chili powder, salt, pepper, and cumin. Bring to a simmer.
  8. In the prepared baking dish, arrange half of the sliced potatoes, then top with half of the corn, half of the ground beef mixture, and half of the cheese.
  9. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining cheese.
  10. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.