The Best Mexican Trash Casserole


Mexican Trash Casserole

Mexican trash casserole is an easy and delicious meal to make. It gets its name because it is made by dumping several different ingredients together, which result in a delicious meal. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how you can easily make our version of this tasty casserole.  

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Mexican Trash

Mexican trash casserole is not trash at all, but a delicious casserole that you can easily make by simply dumping ingredients together. This Mexican trash casserole can be made in a variety of ways, no matter how you choose to do it, the combination of ingredients generally tastes very good when mixed. There are several kinds of vegetables, rices, and meats that can be included when making Mexican trash. We are excited to share our favorite recipe for Mexican trash casserole with you today.

Easy Mexican Dip

Making Mexican dip is surprisingly easy. To make our Mexican trash casserole is literally a matter of preparing your rice, cooking the meat, then pouring everything together into a casserole dish and baking it. Then to serve, we like to add our favorite chips and serve topped with sour cream, and freshly made guacamole. The whole process of making Mexican trash casserole is very easy and surprisingly quick for a delicious meal.

Why Make This Recipe

Why make this recipe? If you love Mexican food, or just plain want an easy dish to make, you are going to enjoy this Mexican trash casserole recipe. I introduced my husband to it recently, and he was surprised at just how good it was. He’s not typically a fan of traditional Mexican food, but he gave this dish a try and said that he thinks it just might be the best Mexican food I have ever made for him.

I enjoy making this recipe because it allows me to make a quick meal, that is filling and delicious. Plus, to top it all off, this is an easy meal to make that is quite filling and tastes great! Let’s look at what you will need in order to make this casserole. See our ingredient list.

Ingredients Needed

Ground beef
Taco rice
Black beans
Canned corn
Mini sweet peppers
Roma tomatoes
Freshly grated cheese
Sour cream

How To Make Our Casserole:

The process of making our casserole is quite easy. To begin, you will want to cook your ground beef and prepare your rice. Once both are prepared, set aside.

To assemble your casserole using cooked ingredients, add your rice to an 8 x 8 casserole dish first. Then add a layer of black beans. Follow that layer with canned corn, then add a layer of ground beef. Top the casserole off with a layer of diced sweet peppers and diced tomatoes. Sprinkle freshly grated cheese on the top before baking. 

Bake at 400°F for about 15 minutes, or until the casserole is warmed through, and the top teams begins to turn a golden brown color. Served when fresh from the oven. Top your servings with a dollop of sour cream, and a scoop of fresh guacamole. Add your favorite tortilla chips for additional goodness. Serve and enjoy! 

Mexican Trash Casserole Recipe


Our Mexican trash casserole is made by layering several favorite Mexican ingredients. This recipe can be served as a dip, or as a casserole. For the best taste, serve with sour cream, and homemade guacamole. Enjoy!


Yield: 8×8 casserole
Cook Time: 20 minutes


5.4 oz taco rice, prepared (or Mexican rice)
15 oz canned black beans, rinsed and drained
15 oz canned corn, drained
½ pound cooked ground beef, ground turkey, ground pork or chicken will also work
2 tsp taco seasoning, or as desired
1 clove garlic, minced
3 mini sweet peppers, diced
2 small Roma tomatoes, diced
¾ cup Mexican style cheese
Cilantro, as desired
Sour cream
Tortilla chips  


Step 1: Rice

Make your rice according to package instructions. Set aside.

Step 2: Ground Beef

Brown your ground beef (or meat of your choice) until it is fully cooked. Add taco seasoning and minced garlic. Stir to combine, then set aside. 

Step 3: Preheat Oven

Preheat your oven to 400°F

Step 4: Assemble Casserole

Begin your casserole by starting with an 8 x 8 pan that has been greased. Add your first layer of prepared rice, then add your black beans that have been rinsed and drained. Next, add your canned corn that has been drained. Your next layer will be your ground beef mixed with taco seasoning and garlic. Then spread your mini sweet peppers and Roma tomatoes over the top. Sprinkle on some shredded cheese of your choice, and top with some dried cilantro flakes. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, and your casserole is warmed all the way through. 

Step 5: Serve

When you serve this, top with a dollop of sour cream and fresh guacamole serve with your favorite tortilla chips. Serve while hot and enjoy! 


As you are making this recipe, feel free to improvise and add any of your favorites or leave out some of the ingredients that you may not like. Get creative and have fun making this recipe your own!

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We have estimated our nutritional facts based on the specific ingredients that we used when making this. Please note that your nutritional facts may vary depending on the specific ingredients you choose to use when making this recipe at home.

Nutrition Information

We have estimated that this casserole contains approximately six servings. Please note that the following nutritional facts are based upon the assumption that it serves a total of six people. Therefore, one serving equals 1/6 of the above recipe. 

We have estimated that one serving contains approximately 852 calories. We have also estimated that one serving contains 17.4 g total fat, 56 mg cholesterol, 667 mg sodium, 141.2 g total carbohydrates, and 48.3 g protein.

Tips for Making Trash Dip

The key to making Mexican trash casserole is to fully cook your rice and meat in advance. Then layer all your ingredients together before baking to warm the casserole all the way through. When you serve, we recommend topping your scoops of casserole with sour cream, and fresh guacamole. We also recommend serving with your favorite kind of tortilla chips. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Use For Dipping?

Our favorite food for dipping is to use your favorite brand of tortilla chips. However, you could also use carrots, celery, or even not dip anything but just use a fork.

Can I Make It In the Crockpot?

I would recommend cooking your rice, and meat before adding to a crockpot, however, everything else may be warmed in a crockpot on low for about four hours if you wish. Be sure to keep an eye on it so that it does not burn.

Can You Make It Ahead?

Yes, this casserole can be made ahead of time. For best results, we recommend that you assemble it all, only hold off on the baking until you are ready to eat. 

How Long Does It Last?

When stored in the refrigerator, any leftover casserole should be okay to eat for up to three days after preparing it. If you have any leftovers after three days, we recommend that you throw any remaining leftovers out.

Can You Freeze It?

Although Mexican trash casserole can be frozen, we do not recommend that you freeze it. Freezing Mexican trash casserole often changes the texture of many ingredients included in your casserole. Mexican trash casserole using our recipe is best when fresh. 

Can I Use Another Type of Shredded Cheese?

Yes, you can use any type of shredded cheese for this casserole that you wish. You can also shred your own, by using a block of cheese and get that freshly grated taste. Any kind of cheese do you want to use typically works well.

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2 Best Mexican White Trash Recipe With Chicken And Beef 

There are two main ways you can make Mexican trash casserole. One is to use chicken as your meat, and the other is to use beef. Please keep in mind there are many other types of meat you can use as well, however, chicken and beef are typically the most common types of meat to include. Let’s first look at beef Mexican trash casserole. 

Beef Mexican Trash

Make a beef Mexican trash casserole in a variety of ways. You can simply use the above recipe, or you can use other types of beef including finely sliced steak if you wish. There are many different types of beef that work well for this recipe. 

Mexican White Trash Recipe With Beef

To make white trash Mexican recipe using beef, you’ll want to prepare the entire casserole I stated above, with the exception of the beef. You can use ground beef as we have instructed above, or you can replace the ground beef, with other types of beef. One key is to make sure that your beef is fully cooked, and has been cut into bite-sized pieces. Get creative and use your favorite kind of beef.

Mexican White Trash Recipe With Chicken

The common way of making white Mexican trash with chicken includes using Doritos shredded chicken, shredded cheese, cream of chicken soup tomatoes, sour cream, and milk. However, our recipe is a bit different. To make our recipe using chicken is quite simple. Simply pre-cook your chicken and shred it. Then season with taco seasoning, before layering into the casserole. 

Mexican White Trash Casserole Recipe

To make our Mexican trash casserole recipe using chicken, you will use the recipe that is outlined above. Simply include approximately one pound of shredded chicken in place of the meat called for.

How to make Mexican White Trash Chicken?

Making Mexican white trash casserole using chicken is very easy. Simply cook your chicken until it reaches 165°F internally, then shred it. Add taco seasoning as desired, before mixing it into the casserole layers instructed above.

Method of Preparing Mexican Trash Chicken

Directions: my favorite way to prepare Mexican trash casserole is by using chicken, fully cooking the chicken breast in a crockpot. This allows them to stay nice and juicy. Once they are fully cooked or have reached an internal temperature of 165°F, the chicken can be shredded. Then mix with taco seasoning. Once it has been mixed well, combine into the layers of the outlined recipe above.

Ingredients Of The Mexican White Trash Recipe With Beef:

To make Mexican white trash casserole using beef, simply swap out your favorite kind of beef for the meat included in the above recipe. If you are making an 8 x 8 pan as instructed above, you will want to use approximately ½ pound of cooked beef. Otherwise, prepare as instructed above.

Ingredients That You Need for Making Mexican Trash Chicken Are:

When making Mexican trash casserole using chicken, you will want to fully cook your chicken, shred, and combine with taco seasoning. Otherwise, the ingredients will remain the same as stated above. Prepare as instructed above, only substitute shredded chicken for the beef instructed in the recipe. 

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Recipe Variations 

There are several different recipe variations for a Mexican trash casserole. Please see the below for an outline of the most popular types of recipe variations. 

Chicken Doritos Casserole

Chicken Dorito casserole is very similar to a Mexican trash casserole. To make this, you’ll want to combine nacho cheese Doritos, cooked and shredded chicken, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and pico de gallo.

You’re going to love how easy this Dorito casserole is to make!

To make this recipe, in a bowl stir together chicken, cream of chicken soup, and sour cream, plus half of your shredded cheese, tomatoes, cumin, and chili powder. Add to the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan, then add your chicken mixture, top it with the remaining crushed Doritos, and sprinkle some cheese. Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with pico de gallo. Serve well hot.

I bet your whole family loves this Dorito chicken casserole!

This recipe is pretty easy to prepare, and hopefully will be a favorite of your whole family. Feel free to improvise upon the recipe and make it your own.

Cheesy Texas Trash Dip

Texas trash dip is an easy and delicious dip to make for any occasion. This recipe is great because it can go a long way, and is simple to put together. 

What’s in This Texas Trash Dip?

There are several different variations of Texas trash, however, the most popular version includes cream cheese, sour cream, refried beans, chopped green chilies, taco seasoning, Mexican shredded cheese, green onion, and black olives. 

How To Make Texas Trash Dip

To make Texas Trash Dip, start off by microwaving cream cheese and sour cream together on high for one minute. Whisk together until smooth, then add refried beans, green chilies, seasonings, and half of the shredded cheese. Mix together well. Spread the mixture onto a 9 x 13 dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 cups of cheese, then bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with black olives and serve with tortilla chips.

What to Serve with Texas Trash Dip

Texas trash dip, is a great side dish, main dish, or appetizer. Try serving this with something like meatballs, fruit, or vegetables.

Vegetarian Mexican Casserole

There are a lot of different ways you can make vegetarian Mexican casserole. Some are as easy as making the above recipe, only leaving off the meat. We also have another recipe idea for you below.

What Do You Need For This Vegetarian Mexican Casserole?

Make another version of vegetarian Mexican casserole, you will need one red onion diced, one clove of garlic, bell pepper, corn, and enchilada sauce, tomatoes, lime juice, cream cheese, cooked white rice, black beans, Mexican cheese, and your favorite seasonings. 

Begin making this recipe by sautéing, red onions, garlic, and your bell pepper in a drizzle of olive oil. Sauté until your onions are soft. Add in corn and enchilada sauce. Cook until your corn is warm. Next, add in canned tomatoes, lime juice, cream cheese, cooked white rice, and black beans. Also, add in your desired seasonings. Top with cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips before serving. 

Instant Pot Walking Taco Casserole

To make instant pot walking taco casserole, begin by turning the instant pot to sauté setting. Cook your beef, then add in your onions and sauté. Once cooked, drain off any excess grease. Then add your desired seasonings. Serve in mini-Frito bags, or Dorito bags along with chopped lettuce, tomato, and top with sour cream. Serve and enjoy. 

Healthified White Trash Taco Salad

To make this version of white trash taco salad, you’ll begin by browning some ground beef over medium heat. Once browned, drain grease, then add one can of black beans that have been drained and rinsed, one taco seasoning spice packet, and ¾ cup water. Simmer over medium heat for about five minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.

Pour the mixture into a large bowl and combine with a head of chopped lettuce, crushed Doritos, shredded cheddar cheese, two tomatoes, and a half cup French or Catalina dressing. Stir to combine, then serve topped with sour cream or guacamole.

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Our version of Mexican trash casserole is a very easy dish to prepare, it is as simple as dumping the ingredients together. We believe that this is an easy and delicious meal. We are so excited to share this recipe with you in hopes that you will enjoy it as well.

Mexican Trash Casserole 

Mexican trash casserole gets its name because this dish is made simply by dumping a few easy ingredients together and resulting in a tasty dish. This is a quick and easy meal that anyone can make. Give it a try today and let us know what you think! 

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