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RECIPE: Mexican Bake

Mexican Bake :

Mexican Bake


2 – 26.5 oz pasta sauce
2 – 16 oz salsa
2 – 14.5 oz rotini
2 – 1.25 oz taco mix
2 – 8 oz cheddar cheese
2 tsp chili Powder
2 lbs ground beef
4 cups onion


  1. Brown ground beef in a pan with onion.
  2. Follow instructions on preparing rotini.
    Boil until al dente.
  3. Combine all ingredients, except cheese.
  4. Place in oven safe dishes.
  5. Cover with cheddar cheese.
  6. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Serving suggestions: salad and apple sauce

Makes: (5) 8 inch cake pans

To Freeze:

Transfer to an oven safe dish, cover and place in freezer.

Serve from Freezer:

Thaw in refrigerator 24 hours or at room temperature for several hours. Bake at 350° for 60 minutes or until heated through.

Here is a recipe I wiped together one night with some FREE ingredients I had laying around the house. This recipe was one of my husbands (and his co-workers) favorites!

Estimation of Expenses:

2 – 26.5 oz pasta sauce (FREE @ Meijer)
2 – 16 oz salsa (FREE @ Meijer)
2 – 14.5 oz rotini (FREE @ Meijer)
2 – 1.25 oz taco mix (FREE @ Meijer)
2 – 8 oz cheddar cheese ($1.34 or $0.67 each @ Meijer)
2 tsp chili Powder ($0.05 or $0.99 full container @ Aldi) *I have no idea what the real breakdown of cost is on this but I am being cautious with the estimation of $0.05!
2 lbs ground beef ($3.36 or $1.68 lb @ Community Markets)
4 cups onion ($0.23 or $0.67 for 3 lb @ Ray’s) *frozen onions

Total Expenses: $4.98 for 5 meals!


I shared this recipe on Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, & Moms Crazying Cooking.

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4 Responses to “RECIPE: Mexican Bake”

  1. Miz Helen says:

    We just love Mexican Food and your recipe for Mexican Bake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a great day!

  2. claire says:

    love this! it looks amazing!

  3. Yummy! Found you over at Melt in your Mouth Monday! Love this recipe.

  4. This looks like a fun casserole!! Thanks for sharing it at Melt in Your Mouth Monday!


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