Quick and Delicious–Taco Casserole

Green and Red chilis

I don’t know about you, but I seem to have trouble using up a complete bag of tortilla chips.  There are always some left in the bag that get stale.  This recipe is my solution to that problem.  It’s a modified version of the Taco Casserole recipe from Ortega.  (Their original recipe calls for using taco shells.)

1 lb. ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 cup (8 oz.) taco sauce or salsa

3/4 cup water

taco seasonings to taste (cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, etc.)*

leftover tortilla chips or taco shells, broken up slightly

shredded cheese (optional)

Cook the hamburger and the onion together in a skillet.  Add the taco sauce/salsa, water, and seasonings.  Cook over low heat for a few minutes.  Grease a small (9×9 or similar) baking dish.  Layer half of the tortilla chips in the dish.  Cover with half of the meat.  Repeat the layers.  If you’re using cheese, sprinkle it on top.  Bake in a 375° oven for 20-25 minutes.

Serve with chopped tomatoes or salsa, sour cream or plain yogurt, lettuce, jalapenos…whatever you like.  But it’s good just on it’s own, too.

* The original calls for 1 package of taco seasoning mix, but for me this means buying something extra, so mixing in spices to taste works better for me.

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