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Monday, June 17, 2013

Frito Taco Casserole

Well, I haven't posted in a hot minute, but I'm back. Jack. This is an easy recipe that I haven't made in a while, but still oh so good.

Frito Taco Casserole

1-1 1/2 lb. ground beef
8 oz. tomato sauce
1/2 cup taco sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. oregano
Fritos chips, crushed and divided (one bag should be plenty)
2 small tomatoes, diced
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
lettuce, shredded
shredded cheese (Mexican style)

Spray an 8x8 dish. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add the beef back to your medium-large skillet and add the tomato sauce, taco sauce, spices and a few healthy shakes of Tabasco. Stir and simmer for about 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350.

Crush up the Fritos in a plastic bag. (If you don't have a rolling pin, use a spoon like I did)

Spoon about 1/2 of the mixture into the bottom of the pan. Add a layer of crushed Fritos (about 1/2). Then add another layer of the rest of your beef mixture. Next top with the onion, then tomato, lettuce, then a healthy dose of shredded cheese.

Last, the rest of the crushed Fritos on top.

Throw this bad boy in the oven and cook until the cheese is just melted and the Fritos are crispy. Only about 10-15 minutes (depending on your oven). Let it rest for about 5 minutes and VOILA!!!

Notes: I have made this before and it is usually devoured. If you don't eat it all in one sitting, leave the Fritos topping layer off of one side. It tends to be soggy when reheating it. Easy, easy and it will satisfy your Mexican food craving...and I have been super-guilty of that lately!! Also, I bet some black olives would be good too.

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