Firecracker Casserole

November 16, 2010





  1. guyblur

    April 4th, 2016 at 8:36 am

    We loved it. It was simple, delicious, and terrific even as leftovers We had to double the beans, tomatoes and soup to stretch for a 13/9 pan. We still had about a lb. of ground beef that wouldn’t fit (which we turned into tacos for our fussy guy). I’d say a 9×9 pan would work for us with only 1 lb. of ground beef.

  2. Donna

    June 23rd, 2016 at 11:44 am

    What are Ranch style beans? Pinto beans? Kidney Beans?

  3. azestybite

    June 23rd, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    You can find Ranch Style Beans at your local grocer: Target, supermarkets and Walmart. Here is a link of what the can looks like.

  4. KathyC

    November 25th, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    What could I sub for the cream of mushroom soup? I really want to make this but my family doesn’t like mushrooms at all! Thanks!

  5. azestybite

    November 25th, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Kathy, You can substitute it with a can of cream of chicken soup instead.

  6. Fred

    May 17th, 2017 at 9:50 am

    For the life of me, I could not find ranch-style beans. I used Heinz vegetarian baked beans instead. The dish was a huge hit at home.

  7. Lesley

    May 17th, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Ranch Style Beans are hard to find outside the southern states or places where TexMex food is popular. We are military, and the commissary always carries them, but when we lived in MD & VA they were impossible to find in local grocery stores. Now we are in CA and they’re all over!

  8. marilee clipp

    May 18th, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    do the taco shells get soggy

  9. Fred

    June 1st, 2017 at 9:55 am

    If anything, the corn tortillas on top get crunchy, not soggy.

  10. Nancy Plunk

    May 27th, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Gosh, my husband and I loved this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing❤, it’s a definite keeper:-)

  11. Tanys

    July 30th, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Do you brown the beef first?

  12. azestybite

    July 30th, 2017 at 10:35 am


  13. Adele

    August 9th, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    In the instructions it says, “Add meat; start to make layers by adding the ranch style beans, tomatoes etc.” So that’s what I did – put the meat in the bottom of the pan and layered with the remaining ingredients. AFTER putting the completed casserole in the oven, I spotted the video and there it shows you layer with the meat also. I sure hope my casserole turns out, but am a little frustrated if I messed it up by following the written directions. Has anyone else been confused by this?

  14. Fred

    August 10th, 2017 at 11:46 am

    It’s a bit confusing but, flavor-wise, I doubt it would make a difference.

  15. Jenn

    March 6th, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Could you use flour tortillas instead of corn? My family does not like corn tortillas.

  16. Paige Hilley

    May 17th, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Do you drain the ranch beans or not?  Thanks 

  17. azestybite

    May 17th, 2018 at 11:12 am

    No, you do not drain the beans from the liquid.

  18. K. Eversole

    August 22nd, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Good family meal. If you like it hotter use original Ro-Tel. I used mild. Shredded lettuce is a great addition for crunch and freshness. My husband inhaled it and he’s pretty darn picky!!!  ❤️

  19. Don Murray

    October 18th, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Do you freeze before or after you bake the casserole?

  20. Anne

    December 14th, 2018 at 12:04 am

    This was VERY good! After reading comments from others, I doubled the beans, rotel tomatoes, and cans of soup (2 of each) but kept all the other ingredients the same in order to fill a 9 by 13 inch pan. I also used a LOT more cheese! My son convinced me to use corn/flour tortillas which were VERY good also! I was concerned at first about not draining the beans, but once I opened on the can I realized the liquid is quite thick and really adds the flavor. I was SO happy to find these beans. I had never noticed them before in the bean section!! This is a KEEPER! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  21. azestybite

    December 14th, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Anne – Thank you so much for leaving a comment. I’m glad your family loved the recipe.

  22. Heather

    January 8th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Are the corn tortillas used in the recipe crunchy or soft?

  23. azestybite

    January 8th, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I used soft corn tortillas.

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    […] INGREDIENTS:2 lbs. lean ground beef1 cup chopped onion1 tsp. salt2 Tablespoons chili powder1 teaspoon cumin2 Tablespoons chopped jalapeno1 can ranch style beans, undrained1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes1 can cream of mushroom soup8 corn tortillas (broken up into 6 pieces each)6 oz. shredded cheddar cheeseDIRECTIONS:Get full recipe >> Firecracker Casserole @ […]

  25. Kim McGregor

    February 25th, 2019 at 9:49 am

    If you freeze do you cook casserole first?

  26. azestybite

    February 26th, 2019 at 8:57 am

    This is a personal preference. I like to thaw the casserole and then cook it.

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