We decided to try a taco casserole last night. I had a few recipes I looked at for the basics. Here’s what we came up with. My boys loved this twist on our usual taco night.
- 1 pound ground beef
- ½ yellow onion, chopped
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes and green chiles
- 3 tablespoons taco seasoning
- tortilla chips
- ½ green bell pepper, chopped
- ½ red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 bunch green onions, sliced (divided in half)
- 2 – 3 roma tomatoes, chopped (divided in half)
- 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (8 oz)
- ½ cup sliced black olives, plus more for topping
- shredded lettuce
- sour cream (optional)
- avocado (optional)
Heat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and yellow onion over medium-high heat until the beef is browned and cooked through (about 7 minutes). Drain. Add beans, canned tomatoes/green chiles, and taco seasoning. Reduce heat to medium, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In an ungreased casserole dish (mine was approx 9 x 13), layer the bottom with roughly broken tortilla chips. Top with the beef mixture. Sprinkle the bell peppers, half the green onion, half the diced tomato, and the ½ cup of olives. Cover with cheese.
Bake uncovered 20 – 30 minutes, until hot and the cheese is melted. Top the baked casserole with lettuce and the remaining green onions, diced tomatoes, olives, and a little more broken tortilla chips. Serve with sour cream and avocado.
Note: Not sure how many tortilla chips we used. I just broke them right into the casserole dish, lining the bottom. I had about ¼” to ½” of a layer on the bottom, it made a nice crust. I didn’t add too many additional chips to the top.