Looking for a great Mexican meal? This is a casserole that my mom started making for our family years ago. It has gone through many changes over time, and is a staple in my house. It’s a great way to sneak some veggies into my kid’s diet too. The best part is it only takes about 30 minutes to make! From my Mexican house to yours, enjoy!
- 1 lb. ground beef (or I use ground turkey)
- ½ bag of nacho chips
- 1 can of beans (black or pinto, or cook your own and use about 1 cup, or more personal preference)
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (or dice one whole tomato)
- 1 can of corn (or cook your own, personal preference)
- 1 can of enchilada sauce (your option on level of spicy, I go mild for my kids sake)
- 2 cups of shredded cheese, Mexican style
- Minded garlic
- Garlic salt
- Lime or lemon juice (optional)
- Brown meat and sprinkle cumin and garlic salt over it while you cook. Add in about a tablespoon of minced garlic to the meat as well as about a tablespoon of lemon or lime juice as the meat cooks. The amounts of spice and juice can be up to you and your taste.
- Once the meat is fully cooked, drain the canned beans, corn, and diced tomatoes. Then add each into the pan with the meat and mix in.
- In a large casserole dish, pour in about ½ of a bag of nacho chips.
- Spoon out the meat/bean/corn/tomato mix on top of the chips.
- Once the meat mix is fully on the chips, sprinkle the shredded cheese on top. The amount of cheese is personal preference.
- Pour the enchilada sauce all over the casserole as evenly as possible. You can add more cheese to the top if desired.
- Place the casserole into the oven for 15 min at 350 degrees (enough time for the cheese to fully melt).
- Let cool before eating.
Optional meal additions:
-Put the casserole on top of iceberg lettuce to create a taco salad
– Add avocado on top as an extra topping
– Add in chopped red, yellow, orange, and green peppers
-Top with salsa
-Put some of casserole into flour tortillas and make burritos or tacos with an extra crunch
-Cilantro also adds a delicious taste