Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Mexican Casserole

A friend made this for me and it was DELISH! Both my kids scarfed it down too!

1 pound lean ground beef
1 (1.25 oz) packet taco seasoning
2 cups salsa
1 (16 oz) can black beans, drained
4 flour tortilla shells
1 (12 oz) can enchilada sauce
2 cups shredded Cheddar or Mexican cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef according to the directions on the taco seasoning packet. Stir in salsa and beans. Simmer 10 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.

3. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.

4. Spread 2 tortilla shells in bottom of dish, and then spoon half the meat mixture on top of the tortillas. Spread half the enchilada sauce over the meat mixture. Then spread on toppings*, if any. Top with half of the cheese.

5. Repeat a second layer and bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

*You can make this one how you like it by using different toppings! Use sour cream, sliced black olices, green onion, and/or fresh tomato.

Other variations:
-Substitute other beans you have on hand -- chili, kidney, etc.
-Substitute ground turkey or chicken for the beef.
-Add an additional can of beans instead of meat for a vegetarian meal.
-Add a can of drained corn to mixture while simmering.
-Serve with a side of guacamole or Spanish rice.

Thanks for the recipe, Christan!

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