Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ortega Taco Casserole


Another recipe I spotted in a blog I read, Milk & Honey. Anyways, this is a pretty classic taco casserole. It came off the back of the Ortega Taco Shell box. Its been awhile since I tried a recipe off the box like this. It was actually very good. We ended up having company when I served this and I was happy when everyone kept telling me it was really good. I added green bell peppers to the onions when I was browning the meat and instead of green chilies, I added sliced black olives. Then I served it with fresh tomatoes and green onions and sour cream. We had a nice big green salad with this too. It was good and there were no leftovers. A nice change from regular tacos.

Ortega Taco Casserole (original recipe)
1 pound ground beef
1 cup (1 small) chopped onion (I also added 1 cup diced bell pepper)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup water
1 cup Taco Sauce
1 4 oz can sliced black olives
1 package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 package (12) Ortega® Taco Shells or (12) Ortega® White Corn Taco Shells, broken, divided
2 cups Mild Cheddar Cheese, divided
Chopped tomatoes (optional)
Sliced green onions (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat your oven to 375ยบ F.

  1. Cook beef, onion (and bellpeppers) and garlic in a large saucepan until beef is browned.

  2. Stir in water, taco sauce, chilies, 1/4 cup olives and seasoning mix.

  3. Let this simmer over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.

  4. Lay out half of the broken shells on the bottom of a greased 12 x 8-inch baking dish.

  5. Cover with half of the meat sauce. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese, then repeat with remaining taco shells, meat sauce and cheese to create layers of the different ingredients.

  6. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

  7. Top the casserole with tomatoes and green onions and sour cream.

2 comments:

themilkmanswife said...

Yum! I'm glad you enjoy it! Great idea adding black olives and green peppers.

Anonymous said...

this is yummy, i also like to add diced tomatoes, corn, and kidney beans it does a lot for the texture!