Friday, December 16, 2011

Tortilla Casserole

With everyone running around this time of year trying to get a million things accomplished, making dinner can sometimes become a big chore.
This dinner idea only takes about 45 minutes to an hour from start to finish. Plus, it is not un-healthy; filled with black beans, corn, and lean ground beef. (Use the whole wheat or “Smart” tortillas to make it that much more healthy for you.)
Granted, it’s not the most attractive looking meal but it still tastes really good.
I place it just above a beef and bean burrito for appeal.
Let’s face it, not everything can look fancy schmancy.
Serve a wedge of this (It serves 5) with a nice big salad and *poof* you have dinner in under an hour.

Tortilla Casserole
4 8 inch tortillas
1 lb lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic
½ cup onion, finely chopped
Salt & pepper
1 pkg 35 gr Kraft Taco Seasoning mix (about 1/3 cup taco seasoning)
1 Tbsp Oh! So Garlic (optional)
1 cup water
1 cup black beans
1 cup corn
1 cup of Tostitos Salsa Con Queso (Spicy cheese sauce)
Sour cream, if desired
Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium frying pan, cook ground beef over medium/high heat until no longer pink. Add garlic, onion, and salt & pepper. Cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.
Stir in black beans and corn.
Sprinkle with taco seasoning and stir to combine.

Add 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then turn down heat to medium and simmer until most of the water is absorbed. About 5 – 7 more minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir ½ cup of the Salsa Con Queso sauce into your meat mixture until well combined.
Place 1 tortilla in the bottom of an 8 inch pie plate. Spoon ¼ of your meat mixture over the tortilla. Top with another tortilla. Repeat layers 3 times.
(It should go tortilla, meat, tortilla, meat, tortilla, meat, tortilla, meat)
Spoon the remaining 1/2 cup of Salsa Con Queso over the top of the casserole.
Bake in 350 oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, until heated through and cheese sauce is melted.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream, if desired.
 Note – for the Salsa Con Queso you can also substitute pretty much any spicy cheese sauce. I believe Kraft Cheez Whiz has a Jalapeno or Tex Mex Cheez Whiz.
You could also probably use plain cheese whiz and just stir in some finely chopped jalapenos before adding it. You definitely want to add something a little bit spicy to it to give it some kick.
Me…I’m afraid of too much spice. I enjoy just a teeny tiny bit.
If you prefer to live on the edge – then by all means spice this up as much as you want to.

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