Friday, December 18, 2009

Fiesta Taco Casserole

Well, well, has been exactly one month since my last post--pretty awful, huh?!? It has just been one heck of a couple of months, between finding out about different family members who are really ill and three deaths between my family and my husband's...two in the past week. We're very much looking forward to a fresh start this New Year and hoping it brings good health and happiness to all of our family and friends!

Although things have been unbelievably crazy/stressful, I still have been attempting to try new recipes! I have several I need to post, but I thought I would go ahead and post this particular recipe, as it's a quick weeknight meal and I know everyone is incredibly busy this time of year! My sister, Sarah, will probably make fun of me, but I'm still borrowing cookbooks from the library to "preview" them and decide if I want to go ahead and buy them. I found a cookbook called "Betty Crocker Money Saving Meals" on a shelf they have with newer released books and figured that was a "must have"! It features over 200 recipes and breaks down the cost per serving...some are much more inexpensive than others. I'm becoming a big fan of "one dish meals"--this recipe would be great by itself or you could even serve it with a Spanish/Mexican rice as a side dish. I have a good 20 or so recipes marked to try, from this cookbook alone, so be on the lookout for other inexpensive/easy meal ideas!!!

To all fellow bloggers: I'm looking forward to catching up on all of your blogs very shortly! I apologize I haven't been commenting as frequently! Aside from checking my email/Facebook, I haven't been doing much on the computer at all.

Fiesta Taco Casserole

1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 can (15-16 oz) spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained
1 cup chunky-style salsa
3 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips
3/4 - 1 cup sour cream
5 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded lettuce, if desired
Additional salsa, if desired


Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a 10 inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in beans and 1 cup salsa. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

In ungreased 2 quart casserole, place broken tortilla chips. Top with beef mixture. Spread with sour cream. Sprinkle with onions, tomato and cheese.

Bake uncovered 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with lettuce and
additional salsa.

Source: Adapted from Betty Crocker Money Saving Meals


  1. This looks great Rachel!! My kind of Taco-ish meal :) I love previewing cookbooks from the library. That is my favorite section.

  2. That is a screen-licking-good photo. This looks easy, but has all of the wonderful yummy elements of a great Tex-Mex meal going on.

  3. Sorry your family has been having such a rough time. Hope things are looking up for sure! The casserole...amazing!

  4. Looks delicious! Hope things get better for you and your family!

  5. Mmmm. This is my kind of casserole!

  6. This looks delicious Rachel, and easy too...this is a big plus!
    So sorry for the losses and illness in your family; those things are so hard to go through. Hope things are going better now. :)
    You've been missed!

  7. Rachel, I am so sorry to hear of the heartaches you are having. I pray that this sadness is lifted from you.

    This taco casserole sounds and LOOKS sooo good! It's appreciated as we are slowly trying spicier foods and this will be a delicious way to introduce another flavorful dish. YUM

  8. Once again... it looks incredibly yummy! I'm always looking for recipes with beef. I get a freezer full every Christmas from my Dad and my picky girl would rather have chicken, but I think she'd love this!