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Taco Casserole? Yes, please!

I love it when I remember a recipe that I haven’t made in a while. I love it even more when it’s super easy and delicious. And it’s even more perfect when the recipe is cheap to make! Introducing: Taco Casserole!

I feel quite certain that I am not the first person to come up with this, but I know I never read the recipe anywhere, so that makes it original, right?

I went shopping this afternoon for our weekly groceries, and all I could think of the entire time I was walking around the store was how much I wanted Taco Casserole. Now, if you don’t like tacos, this isn’t for you, but that should be pretty obvious. This is really only a casserole in the sense that there are layers and it has cheese on top…but what more do you need?! I didn’t decide to share this until after I ate, so I don’t have great pictures to accompany each step like pretty food bloggers do (I also have terrible light in my kitchen and just my iPhone camera) but I hope you get the idea.

TACO CASSEROLE:

Brown 1 pound ground meat of your choice in a skillet and drain (I have used turkey and beef, but I’m sure chicken would work as well)

Add taco seasoning to taste

To your skillet add:

1 can of drained Ro-Tel diced tomatoes and green chilies (Here is where you can turn the heat up or down. I use original which is sort of a medium spice, but it also comes in mild or hot)

1 can drained sweet corn

1 can black beans drained but not rinsed

Mix all ingredients together over medium-high heat until most of the liquid is evaporated and the mixture is heated through

In an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish:

You will need 4 flour tortillas and 1 cup of cheese to complete the construction of this dish.

Spoon half the meat and veggie mixture into the bottom of the dish and cover with half of the cheese

Layer 2 tortillas over the top of the cheese (Note: They may not reach the edges, and that’s ok)

Spoon the remaining mixture on top of the tortillas

Cover with the remaining 2 tortillas and put the rest of the cheese on the top.

Bake at 400 for about 8-10 minutes or until the cheese starts to brown. If you’re impatient you can put it under the broiler for a minute or two (assuming your dish is safe to use under the broiler).

This makes about 6 good-sized servings or 8 smallish ones. Serve with guacamole and/or sour cream if you have it and like that sort of thing.

This is a good pantry dish because it doesn’t require any off-the-wall ingredients, and if you’re like me, you probably have all this stuff on hand most of the time. It costs about $7 for the whole dish, so $1-ish per serving. Not too shabby!! Plus…it’s delicious.

Behold:

I’ll admit, it’s not the most gorgeous thing in the world, but trust me, for as little work as it takes to make it, it rocks. Oh, and you may want to fight for the middle piece where the tortillas overlap…just a suggestion. Enjoy!!!

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