Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole | A kid-friendly version of tacos that can have additional ingredients added to appease the pickiest eaters! #taco #casserole #recipe

I often underestimate how much I am going to love recipes when I see the simplicity of the ingredients. I looked at this one and thought "Meh. Tacos" because it's just ground beef with taco seasoning and taco fixings. I should know by now that I'm gonna be impressed by simple recipes and blown away by ingredients I will throw together in a pinch on Taco Tuesday, not in casserole form, basically when they are actually in casserole form.

I have made this quite a few times since that first time making it because it's nice to not always have tacos and the kids enjoy taco salad because it's a little easier for them to eat than when it's in a hard or soft shell. I personally doubled the meat when I made it and I have plans to double the beans next time as well. Bell peppers or even a jalapeno would be a great addition. And cilantro is definitely a must [also not pictured in this initial time I made it].

What you need:
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
  • Onion flakes or onion powder
  • Salt and pepper 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla chips
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Sour cream and/or guacamole for topping
  • Cilantro, chopped, for garnish
  1. Spread the refried beans onto the bottom of a casserole dish - I used a 9x13" pan.
  2. Meanwhile, brown and crumble ground beef. Season with taco seasoning, onion flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Drain, if needed.
  3. Spread ground beef on top of beans in casserole dish.
  4. Cover with about 2 cups of cheddar cheese then salsa.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350*.
  6. To serve, top tortilla chips with casserole and top with lettuce, tomato, cilantro, sour cream, and/or guacamole or any other desired toppings.
Recipe from Bombshell Bling


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