Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Day 11--Mexican Casserole

This is a family favorite, throw together casserole. I'll tell you how I make it, then you can make adjustments in heat level and ingredients for your family. Garnish with sour cream, green onions and diced tomatoes. Or any taco-ish topping you like! Great with tossed salad or a fresh fruit salad.

Mexican Casserole

5 flour tortilla
1 can refried beans
1 package of spanish rice mix-prepared
1 pound hamburger prepared with taco seasoning
1 small jar picante sauce
8 oz. shredded cheese (Any combination of cheeses is great. I usually use a cheddar/jack blend)

Prepare the spanish rice and taco meat.
Preheat oven to 350.
In a sprayed round casserole dish, layer the ingredients as follows:
~3 Tablespoons picante sauce (to cover bottom of dish)
~1 flour tortilla (If it doesn't fit exactly, just tear it into pieces that will)
~the refried beans with a splash of picante and a 1/4 cup cheese
~1 flour tortilla
~the taco meat
~1 flour tortilla
~1/2 cup cheese
~1 flour tortilla
~the spanish rice
~top with a tortilla and cover with picante sauce

This is what the casserole looks like ready to go into the oven.

Bake for 35-40 minutes until heated through. Remove from oven and top with the rest of the cheese. Return to oven until the cheese melts.

Let stand a few minutes before serving. Serves 6-8.

 Done and ready for eating. Yummy!