Sometimes the best recipes come from moments where you have no idea what to cook. Oh, and that last minute sprint to the grocery store!  I came up with this quick and great tasting recipe a few weeks ago as I needed to cook dinner and the only main ingredient that I had on hand was lean ground beef.  After throwing in other ingredients I had at home – green peppers, onion, and a box of whole wheat pasta – I came up with this delicious Skinny Tex-Mex Casserole.  The spicy flavors of the cumin and chili powder pair perfectly with the sweet corn.  Feel free to add ½ cup reduced fat shredded cheese on top of the casserole before baking, but please note that the cheese is not calculated in the nutrition info or shown in the picture.

Skinny Tex Mex Casserole

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

Serving size: 1/8 of casserole without optional cheese


  • 10.75 oz can Campbell's® Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup
  • 10.75 oz can Campbell's® Healthy Request Tomato Soup
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 10 oz can Rotel® mild tomatoes
  • 15 oz can black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 15 oz can sweet yellow corn, rinsed + drained
  • 2 cups cooked whole wheat penne pasta
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp onion
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced
  • Optional Topping*:
  • ½ cup reduced-fat, shredded cheddar cheese
  • *Optional topping ingredients are not included in the nutritional calculations.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Using non-stick spray, spray a casserole dish and set aside.
  3. In a large skillet, add garlic, onion and hamburger meat.
  4. Brown hamburger meat, garlic, and onion until cooked through and the meat is no longer pink. Drain any liquid out of meat and return to low heat.
  5. Add Campbell's® Healthy Request Cheddar Cheese Soup, green chillies, and Rotel® Tomatoes to cooked onion, garlic, and hamburger. Add in 1 Tbsp of chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir on low heat for 3-5 minutes.
  6. In a medium sized bowl, add Campbell's® Healthy Request Tomato Soup and ½ cup of water. Whisk together until well mixed.
  7. In a large stock pan (I used the same pan that I cooked penne pasta) mix together cooked pasta, Campbell's® Healthy Request Tomato Soup with water. Stir until mixed.
  8. In a small bowl combine black beans and corn. Add 1 tsp chili powder and gently toss to mix.
  9. Pour pasta into the bottom of casserole dish. Top with hamburger meat mixture and then add corn and black beans mixture to top.
  10. Bake casserole in oven for 15 minutes until heated through.
  11. Optional: Add ½ cup reduced fat cheddar cheese on top before baking.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving without optional cheddar cheese (1/8th of recipe):

Calories: 330

Fat: 6g

Carbohydrates: 46g

Fiber: 7g

Net Carbs: 53g

Protein: 21g

Sugars: 10g

Sodium: 1031mg

Vitamin A: 13%

Vitamin C: 22%

Calcium: 8%

Iron: 17%

WWP+: 8 points