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Crock Pot Beef and Bean Casserole Recipe {Five Ingredients or Less}

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It has been awhile since I shared a new recipe with you and I have missed it. The holidays were great, but I am ready to get back to a more normal routine and schedule.

The first recipe of the new year that I am sharing is a very easy recipe that uses basic ingredients. I love recipes like that! It is a great way to start the new year.

Last week when I asked the question about my Cooking Through My Collection Series you all said that you would love more easy and basic recipes. I was so glad to hear that because I have been feeling the need to get back to the easy and simple. Not just for my cookbook series, but for cooking and kitchen life in general.

Most of the recipes that I share here are pretty basic and simple, so not much will change, but I do hope to share more simple and easy dinners. Because I think dinner time is a struggle for all of us.

I also hope to share more recipes that contain just a few ingredients. Recipes that are simple and call for 5 or less ingredients.

Crock Pot Beef and Beans Casserole

This recipe for Crock Pot Beef and Bean Casserole is very basic. It fits in the five ingredients or less category and they are all pantry staples. And it is a 5 ingredient or less slower cooker recipe, which makes it even easier.

This recipe is based on the Mexican Beef and Beans Casserole that I have been making for years. That basic recipe works great in the oven or the crock pot, but recently I needed to change it up because I was out of tomato sauce.

I decided to add diced tomatoes instead. And then used taco seasoning for the seasoning part. If you like it a little more spicy, just add in some chili powder too. Of course that would mean it was not longer 5 ingredients or less, but who is counting. 🙂

I like to make this recipe in the crock pot because it only takes a couple of hours. I love cook all day in the crock pot type recipes, but sometimes you just need a recipe that cooks a little faster. This is perfect for those days.

The other great thing about this is that it is gluten free as long as your taco seasoning is gluten free. So this is perfect for those that need an simple gluten free dinner that can be made in the crock pot.

I used my casserole crock pot for this, but a regular crock pot works just as well.

Crock Pot Beef and Beans Casserole__

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  1. This type of recipe is exactly what I’m looking for at the moment! Thanks!

  2. This looks really good and easy! So, if I didn’t have diced tomatoes and did have tomato sauce, that would work too? I usually have more sauce than diced tomatoes, for whatever reason 🙂

    Have a great day!

  3. I made a similar dish (although not in a crock pot casserole because I haven’t yet purchased one, but I’m thinking about it!) and what I did was use up some leftover taco meat I had on hand (probably about 2 cups of meat. I added in a small can of chili beans (like the Kuner’s original chili beans, not the really hot kind), a can of Muir Glen Fire-Roasted diced tomatoes (or you could use crushed, whatever you can find), and I used what is called Mexican blend cheese (some brands call it Taco Cheese Mix) and it was yummy. It was just enough for 2 people and since we now have an empty nest and it’s just DH and myself, it was perfect. I boiled up some macaroni, added a little butter and parsley and DH put his “taco chili” over the top of the macaroni. I ate mine out of a bowl, more like chili.

    This is a very versatile dish, we’ve been making various versions of the same idea for many years. Thanks for reminding me about it! With autumn coming quickly, it will be a welcomed dish, along with a nice apple crisp dessert.

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