Love Mexican but need a little change? Why not try this Mexican Beef Layer Bake … filled with delicious ground beef, black beans, tomatoes, carrots and corn.  Layered with Sour Cream and Brown Rice and then topped with lashings of cheese.


Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 1.5 cups Ground Beef (either beef mince cooked or a cooked steak minced in the food processor)
  • 1 medium Brown Onion, finely diced
  • 400g Canned Tomatoes
  • 1 large Carrot, finely grated
  • 1 cob Fresh Corn, kernels removed (or 1/2 can canned or frozen corn)
  • 1/2 cup Black Beans
  • 1 sachet Burrito Mix
  • 2 cups Cooked Brown Rice
  • 1 Egg
  • 250mL Sour Cream
  • 2 cups Grated Tasty Cheese


  1. If the ground beef (beef mince) is not already cooked, cook until well browned in a little olive oil, adding in the onion about halfway through cooking.
  2. While the mince is cooking combine the brown rice, the egg and 1/2 cup of the grated cheese in a separate bowl and mix well.
  3. Place all the rice into a heatproof glass dish (we used a glass bowl) and gently press down until you have a flat surface on the rice mixture.
  4. Spoon 2 - 3 tablespoons of Sour Cream over the top of the brown rice and distribute evenly creating another 'layer'.
  5. Remove the mince from heat and add the canned tomatoes, carrot, corn, black beans and burrito mix and stir until completely combined.
  6. Spoon the mince mixture on top of the sour cream and level out the mixture to create another 'layer'.
  7. Create the final layer with the rest of the grated cheese.
  8. Place the bowl into a preheated oven (180 degrees celcius fan forced) and cook for 30 - 40 minutes. Check frequently to ensure the cheese on top isn't burning.
  9. To serve place 2 - 3 tablespoons of tomato salsa (we used store bought) in the centre and top with a large dollop of sour cream. Stand a bunch of corn chips up in the sour cream to create the 'rose' in the centre.
  10. Serve with a fresh green salad and a freshly made guacamole if you have avocados and lemon juice.

Notes... This recipe would also work brilliantly if you replaced the beef mince with chicken or pork. Or triple the black beans and remove the meat altogether for a vegetarian option. Add a little (or a lot) of spice by adding either chilli sprinkles or jalapenos - the heat level is up to you.

  • Any idea what the mince measurement would be in grams please? I’m assuming 500g but I have never measured mince in cups before. Thanks :)


  • Sort of like a lasagne, but with huge tastey twists. I’m sure the whole family will love this one, maybe with corn chips or toasted tortillas


  • great idea I’m sure this would go down well with the whole family


  • This sounds like something my family would love


  • This sounds really interesting. It’s a mix of flavours and ingredients that we love and use, just not normally in this way.


  • We love Mexican food and any chance for sour cream is taken!


  • Ohh my…..sounds and looks amazing. Thanks for sharing


  • A fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing with us.


  • A dish full of delicious flavours,l would also add jalapeños and chilli!The chicken version would also be great! Thanks Nikki!

    • I love the chicken addition too – a definite winner! :)


  • A beautiful idea! It looks so stylish!!


  • oh my this sounds amazing – I don’t think my diet would love it, but the food coma I would have afterwards would be so worth it!

    • It is so yummy! I’m actually having leftovers right now for lunch! Just added a whole chopped tomato and some baby spinach leaves ;) Nikki xx


  • A great one for my family to eat, thank you for providing this.


  • Oh this sounds delish! I reckon even my fussy son would like it!

    • Mine loved it (and they are a bit fussy)! One of the girls even took a few scoops in a lunch sized thermos today! Would love to hear back if you test the recipe … Nikki xx


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