Saturday, April 2, 2011

Taco Casserole

It feels so good to be online again! Ever since my computer bit the dust last week, I have really missed blogging. Fortunately, I did not stop cooking, so now that I have a new computer, I have plenty of new, yummy recipes to share with you.

First up is this yummy Taco Casserole recipe that my mom clipped out of a newspaper. My family really enjoyed this dish and it was so easy to whip up.

printable recipe
Taco Casserole
serves 8

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp (or 1 packet) taco seasoning
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with chilies, undrained (Rotel)
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (4 oz) bag Doritos
2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 (3 oz) can French-fried onions (found near the canned green beans)

Preheat oven to 350F and grease a 9x13 inch baking dish. Brown ground beef in skillet, then drain off the fat. Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat for several minutes, until onion is translucent.

Add the taco seasoning, salt, and pepper, mix well. Pour in the can of diced tomatoes and can of tomato sauce, stir in and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat and stir in chips and chopped cilantro. I broke the chips up a little, into bite size pieces but not super small. Mix gently until the chips are coated.

Pour the chip mixture into the baking dish and cover with cheese and french fried onions. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned.

Garnish with sour cream and cilantro sprigs, if desired.

This recipe is featured in Menu Plan 14.

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