2013 – Gluten Free Living
Years ago I found this really simple Taco Bake recipe from allrecipes.com with very few ingredients. It’s so quick and easy to assemble and in about 15 minutes you can have this casserole ready to put in the oven.
It’s quite adaptable too if you want to add a few other ingredients, such as green onions, corn, black or pinto beans, jalapeno pepper slices or olives. I made this recipe last week for a young family who just had a newborn. If you’re family is into anything Tex-Mex they will adore this wonderful, comforting main dish. It is a little like eating nachos in casserole form.
Taco Bake has tortilla chips on the bottom, then a layer of ground beef mixed with taco seasoning, sour cream and green chilies, followed by a layer of shredded cheese. The layers are repeated a time or two ending with more cheese on top. It is SOOOOO easy. Choose a gluten free, MSG free taco seasoning or make up my Homemade Taco Seasoning recipe from scratch for healthier options.
If you need a quick and easy main dish recipe to throw together quickly because you are at ball practices, doctor’s appointments, or other venues late in the day, consider having these ingredients on hand and whip up this easy casserole. You can be ready to eat in about an hour!
This is a great recipe to teach your kids how to cook, too. It has so few steps and turns out so wonderfully–they will be greatly encouraged in cooking after making this tasty entree for dinner. This only has seven ingredients so it is an easy recipe even for a novice cook!
When I initially posted this recipe in June 2012, I had just begun my blog. I made Taco Bake a second time that year and retook the pictures, but they were taken with a small iPhone camera so the pictures were not of the quality I would have liked. Plus, I had baked the recipe in foil pans which are so hard to photograph because of the glare.
I’ve been remaking all my first year pictures as a result, and reshooting pictures that are more pleasing. I remade Taco Bake in October 2015 for a church potluck and it again was a real winner with everyone. I believe you’ll think so too.
Taco Bake is a delightful Tex-Mex dish.
Taco Bake is a great Tex-Mex casserole you’re sure to love.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. I made up my own Homemade Taco Seasoning in the plastic bowl.
Brown ground beef. Drain if necessary. Add a can of undrained diced tomatoes and chilies, taco seasoning, sour cream and water.
Stir together and heat through about 5-10 minutes. If you want to bump up the recipe, this is when it’s time to add drained pinto or black beans and fire-roasted corn.
Spray casserole dish with cooking spray. Spread a layer of corn tortilla chips on the bottom.
Crumble a little of the ground beef mixture over top of the tortilla chips.
Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.
Repeat layers: add another layer of corn tortilla chips, then meat mixture, finally cheese.
Repeat layers once again making sure cheese is on top.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes until cheese is bubbly.
Taco Bake is a wonderful dish for company, especially if you enjoy Tex-Mex entrees with lots of cheese.
Doesn’t Taco Bake look marvelous?
Here’s the recipe.
- 1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning or [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/09/03/homemade-taco-seasoning/” target=”_blank” title=”homemade taco seasoning”]Homemade Taco Seasoning[/url]
- 8-oz. shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
- Corn tortilla chips
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and drain fat.
- Add the diced tomatoes with green chilies, water, sour cream and taco seasoning mix.
- Let simmer for 5-10 minutes.
- In the bottom of a greased 9×13” baking dish, place a layer of tortilla chips.
- Cover with a layer of meat mixture then a layer of cheese.
- Repeat this process until the last layer is cheese.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy entree, Taco Bake sure fits the bill.
Taco Bake is so easy to prepare, even your kids can make it! But it’s also very easy to amp up the flavor and texture by adding other ingredients like corn, black beans, olives, green onions, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper slices or substituting Pepper Jack cheese for part or all of the cheddar cheese in the recipe.
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