Mexican “Fold Over” Casserole

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Plan Z Phase: This is a Z3 (ZReboot) & Z3.5 (ZReboot 3.5) recipe.

This dish can also be made with shredded, cooked chicken or turkey. For Z3 you’ll skip the flour taco shell.

This is semi-spicy. If you want less heat, just back off on the pepper flakes.

Servings: Serves 4. Can be doubled easily and baked in a 9″ x 13” pan to serve 6 – 8.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion
  • ½ cup of chopped red bell pepper
  • ½ cup of chopped mushrooms
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  •  a handful of fresh baby spinach. You can buy this from the salad bar if you want, so you don’t have to buy a whole bag, or save the leftover spinach for a salad.
  • ½ tsp of chili powder
  • ¼ tsp of garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp of hot pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • ¼ tsp of paprika
  • ½ tsp of ground cumin
  • grated sea salt to taste
  • 5 ounces Rotel Tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Tbl of canned, chopped green chilies
  • ½ cup of shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican blend
  • a sliced fresh jalapeno pepper (optional)/and or Fresno pepper (that’s the red one)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a large saute pan with olive oil spray. Brown the hamburger and the onion. Continually break up the hamburger into bite-sized pieces. If you end up with a lot of fat in the pan, drain it off. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper and saute until they loosen up. Add the cream cheese and the sour cream. Stir on medium low until they are both all melty.

Add the rest of the ingredients up to (but not including) the cheese and jalapeno.

Get out your 9″ x 9″ ovenproof pan.

Add the casserole ingredients. Heat in your oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Top with the grated cheese and bake 5 minutes more.

Serve in bowls. Or if you are in ZReboot 3.5 and want just a bit of carbs, you can serve this with a low carb taco shell. You have the option of putting filling in the middle of the shell and eating it like a soft taco. Garnish with sliced jalapeno and Fresno pepper is optional.

I garnished mine with a bit of guacamole and sour cream.