Firecracker Casserole

November 16, 2010





  1. guyblur says:

    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 says:

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

  3. KathyC says:

    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!

  4. Fred says:

    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.

  5. Lesley says:

    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!

  6. marilee clipp says:

    do the taco shells get soggy

  7. Nancy Plunk says:

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

  8. Tanys says:

    Do you brown the beef first?

  9. Adele says:

    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?

  10. Jenn says:

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

  11. Paige Hilley says:

    Do you drain the ranch beans or not?  Thanks 

  12. K. Eversole says:

    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!!!  ❤️

  13. Don Murray says:

    Do you freeze before or after you bake the casserole?

  14. Anne says:

    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!

  15. Heather says:

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

  16. […] 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 @ […]

  17. Kim McGregor says:

    If you freeze do you cook casserole first?

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  19. Carin says:

    So funny to see so many who dont know Ranch Style Beans! I grew up on those beans and they’re a staple in my pantry. My kids played a joke on me one Christmas and bought one of those giant industrial size cans! This a great recipe! I didnt have any tortillas and didnt feel lik heading to the store so I used some corn tortilla chips and still wonderful!

  20. What size are the corn tortillas you used? Also, can you combine the tomatoes, soup & beans together. It seems they would spread easier.

  21. Vanessa says:

    What could be a good side for this?

  22. Michelle Earhart says:

    I made this last night and it was so DELICIOUS! It was quick and easy. I did use flour tortillas because my family doesn’t like corn tortillas. Thank You for posting this recipe!

  23. Anne says:

    Can I make this ahead and freeze for use later? What do you suggest?

  24. J sch says:

    O the creator absolutely delightful dish. …to her followers seriously people please use common sense and modify according to preference. If you freeze it its frozen and you cant eat frozen food so you would need to thaw it like any other frozen make ahead meal.

  25. Brian says:

    My dad was in the Air Force 1960s and 70s my mom got a similar recipe from one of the military women. It was called tamale pie. I looked it up and there’s no recipe like this under that name. She used cream mushroom soup jalapenos hamburger cheese and tortilla shells lightly fried. And baked in the oven.

  26. Mary Ann Simanowski says:

    What can I use in place of ranch style beans. They don’t sell them here.

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