Monday, September 04, 2006

Easy Taco Casserole

It's been ages since I bought a cookbook. But today at the check-out-counter at Walmart, while I was waiting in line ... I picked up a cookbooklet put out by Taste Of Home called Ground Beef Classics. My large cookbook collection is in storage and we were in need for a few good easy meals for some variety.

Easy Taco Casserole

1 pound ground beef
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup Best Foods mayonnaise
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar or colby cheese
1 cup shredded jack cheese
1 medium tomato, chopped
2 cups shredded lettuce

(I only added one cup of cheddar cheese, and 1/3 cup of mayo, which seemed to be enough ... less calories too ... you don't taste mayo!)

Optional toppings:
sliced black olives
sour cream
additional salsa
fresh cilantro & a little squirt of lime

This meal takes about 35 minutes from start to finish.

In a saucepan, brown meat; drain. Add the salsa, mayo and chili powder; mix well. In an ungreased 2 quart baking dish, layer half of the meat mixture, chips and cheeses. Repeat layers.

Bake uncovered at 350 F for 20-25 minutes or until heated through. We served all the toppings in small bowls to sprinkle on top of the casserole once served on a plate.

My picky eaters enjoyed this meal ... I will add this to my recipe box!


Becky said...

joh my gosh-man-i have all this stuff in my fridge!!! yeah dinner! thank you thank you thank you!

Maggie Ann said...

That looks good!