Taco Casserole

So, classes kicked off this past week and so far loving them! But of course that has meant a couple nights in class till 7:30p, and days full of class work and more. But, despite being busy I knew I wanted to cook as much as possible. So, I set out to pick some recipes that would be easy to prepare, wouldn’t require too many ingredients (now that I must carry all my shopping home), and would give me more than one meal from each dish. I decided on a few including tonight’s dish of Taco Casserole as well as Pot Roast and Mac n Cheese. I’ll be sure to share both of those with you as well!

I found this recipe at CooKen-Casseroles, and just changed a few things. For one, I couldn’t find Fritos anywhere, so I went with tortilla chips. I also omitted the onion to stay as low-FODMAP friendly as possible. Since I knew the salsa and taco seasoning would have onions and garlic, I figured I didn’t need to add any more. Honestly I didn’t miss it the onion at all. And speaking of salsa, the only kind I could find during my last grocery store visit was a squeezable one. I was a bit wary, but it turns out it wasn’t so bad after all. I managed to forget to look for chiles, so those didn’t make it this time. Upon serving I added lettuce leaves and fresh chopped tomatoes, cilantro, and more salsa.

Taco Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups Fritos or tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Optional: fresh tomato, lettuce, cilantro, sliced olives

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Layer the bottom of a baking dish with a layer of chips
  • Cook the meat, drain, then add salsa, water and taco seasoning.
  • Simmer meat for another 5 minutes
  • Layer the meat mixture onto the chips
  • Put another layer of chips and cover with cheese
  • Bake for 40 minutes

This dish was really tasty! Although, since I did use the tortilla chips the dish sort of was like fancy nachos. But, nevertheless was delicious. I sat down to a comfy meal with a nice pint of Pear Cider and I get to have more for lunch tomorrow!

Do you have any casserole or easy meal ideas that deliver not just dinner but also leftovers for lunch the next day?

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6 Responses to Taco Casserole

  1. Ken says:

    Amy,

    Thanks for visiting our website. The taco frito casserole recipe is at this link, try it next time, I think you would love it also. http://www.cooken-casseroles.com/taco-frito-casserole/mexican-casseroles/

    Have a wonderful day

    Ken

    • amy says:

      Thanks! Yes, I’m very excited to try a number of the casseroles on your site. They all look delicious. I may have to modify some to make them low-FODMAP friendly, but in general the recipes look not only perfect comfort food yumminess, but also easy to shop for as well!

  2. Tegan says:

    This looks delicious! I love tacos (with beans instead of meat) but they always fill me up so fast and I think its the tortilla that does it. This is a great alternative.

  3. Briony says:

    I’d never heard of FODMAP until this post – super interesting! I have been eating no/very little sugar for about 5 weeks now and feel a lot better for it. I’m intrigued about getting tested for this as UK doctor’s seem reticent to test for food allergies, in my and my husband’s experiences.

    x

    • amy says:

      Yeah FODMAP seems fairly new as far as catching on with doctors. I think it started in Australia. The dieticians in the US now seem really keen on it. I will say that when I follow a low-FODMAP diet and stay away from all the foods I’m supposed to, I do feel immensely better!