{Recipe} Taco Casserole

by katherine on November 9, 2011

In my house? Casseroles are off limits…something about Andy having a bad experience or two throughout his childhood. For a while, I was able to get around this rule by calling something a “bake”. He eventually caught on.

However, there is one casserole I can make that not only does he eat every time, he also takes seconds AND leftovers the next day. Of course, this is because all the main ingredients are his favorite things…taco fixings.

I originally got this recipe from my Aunt. Over the years, I’ve changed it up a bit. I made it last night for “TACO TUESDAY” just to keep things interesting, so I thought I’d share the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef {ground turkey works great too!}
  • One small onion, chopped fine
  • 2 packets of taco seasoning
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup 1/2 & 1/2
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped {optional}
  • 1 can of black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Cook meat and onion on stovetop, adding 1 packet of taco seasoning. While meat is cooking, in a separate bowl, add tomato sauce, green chiles and other packet of taco seasoning and mix. Measure out 1/2 & 1/2, crack eggs and beat together. Pour that into the tomato mixture and stir. Add cilantro and mix. In a 13×9 baking dish, pour the bag of tortilla chips and crunch them down a little. Sprinkle on some cheese, then black beans over the chips. Add meat. Pour sauce mix over the top. Top with more cheese.

Cover with foil and cook at 350 degree for about 20-30 minutes, removing foil for the last 5-10 minutes.

Serve with sour cream and Pepsi (because Pepsi makes every Mexican dish taste better!) and enjoy!

P.S. Yes, we buy our taco seasoning at Costco…two containers at a time as a matter of fact. Judge away.

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1 Auntie Megan November 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Just a couple items are different….I like the idea of adding cilantro, I bet that makes it really good! I will try that this weekend when I make it for Maria and me. So glad I could be of some help when it comes to cooking casseroles for Andy!! Love you all bunches ~

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2 krista November 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Looks good! Do the chips stay crunchy or do they get soft?

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3 Lilmissrysmama November 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Sort of…Not really. The ones that stick out the top and aren't covered in the sauce stay crunchy, but the rest are soft.

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