Mexican Casserole

Mexican pasta casserole

I love sharing old recipes that I’ve been making ‘forever’, especially since it means I get to eat it after photographing it! Today I’m sharing my Mexican Pasta Casserole that I first tried 20 years ago at a girl friend’s dinner party. It was so good I knew I had to get the recipe from her, and I’ve been making it ever since – with a few tweaks to make it “mine.”

I would say this is a great dish to entertain with because it makes a LOT, and it combines 2 of our favorite flavors – Mexican and Italian.

Mexican Casserole

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (16 oz) Tomato Sauce
  • 1 jar (15 oz) Picante Sauce
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • Large can French’s Fried Onions
  • 16 oz box Penne Pasta – cooked al dente

Brown the ground beef and combine it with the tomato sauce, picante sauce, and 1/2 cup of water. Add pasta, 3/4 of the onions, and 3/4 of the cheese; mix well.

Pour into a large baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Remove foil and top with remaining cheese and onions and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes or until melting & browning occurs.

Serve with a salad and enjoy!



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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Get in my belly!! YUM!!

  2. Tonya {Soirée Event Design} says:

    Gonna try this one ths weekend!

  3. That looks amazing!!! Megan

  4. Yummy, looks good, I will try it soon.

  5. What size can of tomato sauce? Thanks

    • Regular size (16 oz?).

      • This looks very good. There are 2 sizes of tomato sauce, 8 oz. which I regularly get . It is 3″ high and a larger 15 or 16 oz. size that is about 5″ or more high. Is the can you get definitely the 16 oz. taller one? I just want to be sure before I make it next week. Thank you!

  6. Ruby Montou says:

    Mmmmmm– sounds kind of blah with no onions, celery, bellpepper, no seasoning or anything just tomatoe sauches

    • Ruby, the onions are fried and placed on top, and there’s plenty of seasoning from them and the picante/tomato sauce blend.

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