April 8, 2010

Taco Night Casserole


My daughter wanted tacos tonight for dinner but I had no taco shells on hand. I did, however, have some tortilla chips, so I thought I would try something new. Also, the weather has turned very chilly, so using the oven is no big deal today. I found a taco bake recipe on allrecipes.com and decided to make a few adjustments to it to suit our taste and my pantry stock. It was a huge hit with my daughter, who asked for seconds. My husband thought it was "good and different". I agree with him. It was good and it was different. A nice little change of pace for taco night. Next time I make this, I am going to line the bottom with tortilla chips and spread some refried beans on them, pour the rest of the taco mixture on top of that and then bake. I also think I may leave out the pasta one time for a party-type dip.



Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pasta (I used macaroni)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 10 oz tomato sauce
  • 14 oz salsa
  • Cheese blend (I used cheddar, romano and mozzarella), a couple handfuls
  • Can of corn, drained
  • Taco seasoning
  • Tortilla chips
  • Sour cream

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Boil pasta according to package directions to al dente.
  • Over medium heat, brown beef in a skillet with the garlic until no longer pink; drain.
  • In a large bowl, combine the pasta, beef, tomato sauce, salsa, a handful of cheese, corn and taco seasoning; pour into 13x9-inch baking dish.
  • Crush tortilla chips over all and top with cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve over tortilla chips and top with sour cream.

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