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.