Recipe of the Month: Taco Casserole
My daughter loves the Zippy Beef & Mac casserole and Enchilada Casserole so she suggested trying Taco Casserole and found this recipe on dinneratthezoo.com. We have made just a few adjustments to the recipe and those changes are listed below. This is an easy recipe and everyone in the family loved it. I think this will be a great meal to plan on a busy school or work day. And it is a good use for those small pieces at the bottom of the tortilla chip bag.
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 packet taco seasoning
14.5 oz. can of diced tomatoes (I use either Chipotle or Mexican-style), undrained
1 1/4 cup tortilla chips, crushed
16 oz. can refried beans
1/3 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
Toppings – salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, sliced olives, sour cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In skillet, brown ground beef, breaking up the meat with a spatula or spoon. Add onion and cook 3-4 minutes or until onion is translucent. Drain grease. Stir in taco seasoning and diced tomatoes. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Place crushed tortilla chips in the bottom of 9 inch square pan or 2 quart baking dish. In a separate bowl, mix refried beans and salsa together. Spread a layer of refried beans over the top of chips. Pour beef mixture over the beans and top with cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Add toppings if desired and serve.
Yields: 6 servings