Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mexican Casserole

Oh my goodness this is absolutely heavenly (and probably artery clogging...but so worth it)! On the other hand, I can't say Chris enjoyed it as much as I did. He literally walked into the house and asked me "Is that sour cream I smell??". Sadly, I had to admit that yes, there was sour cream in the recipe and it was only after I had spread it across the entire casserole that I thought about his disdain for anything white and creamy. Normally I'd make his half "special" sour cream, no cream cheese, no mustard, no eggs that look like eggs, picky! :P  He ate some anyway, trying to avoid the sour cream that was slathered all over, trooper that he is.

Anyway, if you enjoy Mexican food and rich foods, you will LOVE this casserole.  It's a nice change from the typical taco salad (which we ALL know is our feeling lazy meal!).  I made it with low-fat sour cream and cheese...which made me feel marginally better about the fat and calories lol. Oh heck with it, everyone knows healthy stuff doesn't taste nearly as good hehe!

PS: If you have leftovers, nuking works fine.  Just crush some fresh tortilla chips on top after you re-heat and it tastes good as new!  It was also delcious over spaghetti Mexican Skyline!

Mexican Casserole
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Prep Time: 20 Min
Cook Time: 30 Min
Ready In: 50 Min

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 packet low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, drained
  • 3 cups tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups sour cream (I used about 1 cup of Kroger Tex Mex Sour Cream Dip)
  • 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper 
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain grease and return meat to pan.  Stir in taco seasoning and salsa, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed.
  3. Spread crushed tortilla chips in dish, and then spoon beef mixture over chips. Spread sour cream over beef, then pour chili beans on top.  Sprinkle olives, onion, green pepper, and tomato over the beans. Top with Cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.
Source: Modified from All Recipes

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