Easy Southwestern Casserole

With ground sausage, this Easy Southwestern Casserole is a delicious dinner that's got flavor without too much spice. This recipe is kid-approved and a perfect busy weeknight quick-and-easy meal. Plus there's an easy gluten-free option and can be made dairy-free as well.


  • 1.5 pounds ground beef or turkey
  • ½ pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium green or red pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups organic cheddar cheese, shredded (divided) (use Daiya, non-dairy cheese or leave out entirely if you prefer)
  • 1 (15oz) canned corn, drained
  • 1 large can (19.5oz)enchilada sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 TBSP cumin, more or less to taste
  • 12 ounces gluten-free penne pasta, cooked and drained


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Brown the beef and sausage along with the diced onion, garlic, and pepper over medium heat; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients, except for 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  4. Cook and stir until fully heated and serve.
  5. OR
  6. Turn into a 13x9x2” baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Cover and bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly. Bake uncovered for 5-10 minutes longer or until the cheese is melted.