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Texas Tortilla Casserole.





While I suppose Texas is (or should be) best known for Chili, anything having a Tex-Mex flavor is rightly called Texas. Like most of our campground cooking, we cooked this casserole in a Dutch Oven... Maybe we should have called it Texas-Dutch Casserole. At any rate, it is again a simple recipe that you can do for a no-fuss, no-muss meal that even the kids can help with.

Remember that when you are camping, you are on vacation. All of you. So guys, give your wife a break and you do the cooking on your next camping trip.



  • one can refried or pinto beans
  • one lb ground beef, scrambled with taco seasoning packet.
  • 6" flour tortillas
  • onion
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese
  • Garnish with Salsa, Guacamole, Sour Cream, etc.




We use our Dutch Oven extensively on our camping trips, either in the RV's oven or over the fire. I would say we use it at least for 75% of our evening meals. Once you get used to Dutch Oven cooking, you will realize how simple it is.



We use parchment paper a lot... Coleman, Lodge, and others make parchment paper for Dutch Ovens. You can't get parchment paper for a small Dutch Oven like we have, so we just cut the larger ones to size. Thing is, we are on vacation and don't want to spend a lot of time doing dishes, so anything that makes that task easier is for us.

This is basically made a bit like Lagsana, but instead of layering pasta, we layer tortillas. Each layer consists of a couple of Tortilla shells (the soft flour rather than corn style), refried or pinto beans, ground beef with taco seasoning, and onions, cheese, as well as your other favorite Mexican ingredients.

Simply create 3 or 4 layers, with as much of the ingredients as you have. Then throw it in the oven at 350 deg for a half-hour (or out on the fire pit).

Here is the thing... Don't be afraid to experiment. Throw in what you prefer. Like Jalapeno's... throw a few of them in as well. Nothing says you have to make the same recipe twice. Improvise until you get the flavor you like.



 Scoop out a serving, garnish with your favorite, and have a great Tex-Mex meal with minimal prep work.


How-to Video.






Last reviewed and/or updated June 15, 2017