1 Delicious Cheesy Beef & Black Bean Skillet Casserole

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1 delicious cheesy beef & black bean skillet casserole.
Short on time but big on flavor? Our Cheesy Beef & Black Bean Skillet Casserole is a cinch to make! This hearty dish is loaded with protein and topped with gooey cheese, making it a perfect weeknight dinner or a crowd-pleasing family favorite.

1 Delicious Cheesy Beef & Black Bean Skillet Casserole

Prep Time 5 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 35 mins
Servings: 8 Calories: 334

Description

1 delicious cheesy beef & black bean skillet casserole.
Struggling to juggle time and comfort food cravings? Look no further than the Cheesy Beef & Black Bean Skillet! This hero of a dish delivers maximum flavor and satisfaction with minimal effort, all in a single pan. It's the perfect solution for those hectic evenings when taste buds demand something delicious but the clock is ticking.

A Symphony in One Skillet:
This casserole's beauty lies in its simplicity. Say goodbye to mountains of pots and pans; cleanup is a breeze! Here's what goes into this flavor-packed wonder:
Savory Ground Beef: The base starts with seasoned ground beef, cooked until golden brown for a burst of savory goodness.
Black Bean Boost: Canned black beans, drained and rinsed, join the party, adding a significant protein and fiber punch for a filling casserole.
Veggie Symphony: Diced vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and even corn (fresh or frozen) add pops of color, texture, and essential nutrients. Customize with your favorites! Explore options like carrots and celery for extra crunch, or zucchini and mushrooms for a more textural experience.

Flavorful Base:
The magic goes beyond ingredients. A combination of canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and your favorite taco seasoning creates a flavorful base that binds everything together. Adjust the taco seasoning to your desired spice level.

Creamy Comfort on Top:
The star of the show? The irresistible cheese topping. Shredded cheddar cheese is a classic choice, offering a familiar and satisfying creamy finish. But feel free to experiment! Try Monterey Jack for a touch of sweetness, pepper Jack for a kick of heat, or a blend for a more complex flavor profile. Some variations even incorporate sour cream or cream cheese for an extra layer of creamy indulgence.

From Stovetop to Oven:
This casserole goes beyond flavor with effortless preparation:
1. Sautéing the Base: Heat oil in a large skillet and brown the ground beef. Add your chopped vegetables and cook them until softened.
2. Building the Flavor: Drain and rinse the black beans before adding them to the pan along with the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, and taco seasoning. Stir well to combine, and let the flavors simmer for a few minutes.
3. A Creamy Touch: If using sour cream or cream cheese, stir them in now and allow them to melt and become incorporated into the sauce.
4. Topping Time: Sprinkle the shredded cheese generously over the entire casserole filling. Feel free to add more cheese if you're a true cheese lover (we won't judge)!
5. Oven Magic: Preheat your oven to the desired temperature (typically around 375°F or 190°C) and bake the casserole for 20–25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly on top.

Beyond the Basics:
This casserole offers endless customization possibilities:
Spice It Up: Craving a touch of heat? Add chopped jalapenos, a dash of cayenne pepper, or your favorite hot sauce to give your taste buds a little kick.
Tex-Mex Twist: Incorporate some chopped green chilies, diced avocado, or a dollop of salsa for a vibrant Tex-Mex twist. This is a great way to add extra color and flavor to the dish.
Veggie Extravaganza: Explore adding other vegetables like chopped spinach, shredded zucchini, or even chopped cauliflower for additional nutrients and texture.
Gluten-Free Fun: Use gluten-free taco seasoning and ensure your other ingredients are gluten-free to create a version suitable for those with gluten sensitivities.

Serving up comfort:
This casserole is a complete meal in itself, but feel free to pair it with your favorite sides for a truly satisfying experience:
Simple Sides: A side salad, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped fresh cilantro offer refreshing accompaniments that complement the rich flavors of the casserole.
Starchy Staples: Enjoy your casserole with a bed of fluffy white rice, brown rice, or quinoa for a perfectly balanced meal.
Warm Bread: Crusty bread or warm tortillas are perfect for scooping up the flavorful filling and melted cheese.

A Dish for All Occasions:
The versatility of the Cheesy Beef & Black Bean Skillet Casserole makes it a perfect fit for any occasion:
Weeknight Wonder: This casserole is a lifesaver on busy weeknights. With minimal prep and cleanup, it offers a satisfying and delicious meal for the whole family.
Potluck Perfect: This dish is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at potlucks and gatherings. It's easy to transport and always a hit.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Move an oven rack 6 inches from the heat source and turn on the broiler.

  1. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

  1. Add chopped bell peppers, corn, and some of the chopped onion (1 cup).

  1. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 6–8 minutes until the onion softens and the corn starts to brown.

  1. Set the cooked veggies aside in a medium bowl (don't clean the skillet yet!).

  1. Add ground beef, cumin, and garlic powder to the hot skillet.

  1. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring and breaking the beef into small pieces with a spoon, for about 1 minute.

  1. Stir in 2 tablespoons of sour cream and cook for another minute, mixing it thoroughly.

  1. Continue cooking and stirring the beef often until browned, about 5-7 minutes.

  1. Once browned, stir in the salsa and taco seasoning until well combined.

  1. Add the cooked veggie mixture (you set aside earlier) back to the skillet.

  1. Stir in the rinsed and drained black beans, along with 2 tablespoons of lime juice, salt, and pepper.

  1. Take the skillet off the heat and stir in the cream cheese, half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and the remaining 6 tablespoons of sour cream.

  1. Spread the mixture evenly in the skillet.

  1. Top it with the remaining half cup of cheddar cheese and the tortilla pieces.

  1. Place the skillet under the broiler and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the tortilla pieces get slightly crispy.

  1. While the casserole broils, combine chopped cilantro, jalapeño, the remaining chopped onion (⅓ cup), and 1 tablespoon of lime juice in a small bowl.

  1. Once done broiling, spoon the cilantro mixture on top of the casserole before serving.
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