Taco Casserole

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Taco Casserole

This is such an easy pantry meal you don’t have to put much thought into. Perfect for any weeknight dinner. It’s like a deconstructed taco.

1 lb ground beef (I use 90/10)
1 taco seasoning packet
1 jar of your favorite salsa (I used Great Value/Walmart’s black bean and white corn salsa)
1 bag tortilla chips
1 cup cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
Whatever toppings you like on your tacos: cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, black or refried beans, black olives, scallions etc

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In sauté pan or skillet cook beef as directed on the taco seasoning packet (ie brown meat, drain off fat, add 2/3 cup water and powder taco seasoning packet). Add the salsa and mix in with the meat.

In casserole dish (I used 2.5 Qt Corningware casserole) put about 2 cups of the broken tortilla chips – enough to cover the bottom well. Top evenly with beef mixture. Sprinkle with about 1 cup cheese. You can really make it your own by adding additional things before topping with cheese like: onions, bellpepper, tomatoes etc.

Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Top baked casserole with lettuce, tomato, 1 cup of crushed tortilla chips and top with sour cream.

Super easy and really gives it a different flavor from the traditional taco night.

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