I found this recipe on a new favorite blog of mine, Mix and Match Mama. Seriously, check out that blog. It has TONS of family-friendly, semi-homemade recipes. And just look through that list of 100 bundt cakes. YUM. I can vouch for her original chocolate chip bundt cake. I made it for a work potluck and it was a huge hit. I’ll definitely be making more!
Anyway…back to this casserole. In a couple of weeks I will be making a big lunch for Hubby’s work – specifically for like 15 grown men who work really long hours and are hungry. :-) Last year, I made Four Pasta Beef Bake. That is always a crowd pleaser but I thought I would try something different and this looked like the winner. So, I thought I’d make a trial run.
This was good, and I know if I made it with ground beef, regular flour tortillas and full fat cheese it would be even better. But Hubby and I both thought the filling was a little too creamy/stuck together and not saucy enough. So while I would make it again and play around with the ratios (maybe add a little salsa or enchilada sauce or something in) for my own family, I don’t think I will be making it for the guys.
That’s a really picky thing, I know, but when you are making food for a bunch of people, you want it to be just right. You know what I mean?
This recipe has 2 thumbs up from me because:
1. It’s a kid pleaser.
2. It is a very easy and quick weeknight supper. It could easily be made the night before and stuck in the fridge until ready to bake, or made well in advance and stuck in the freezer until ready to bake.
3. It would be incredibly easy to double the recipe.
Quick Taco Casserole
Time: 40 or so minutes total (10 minutes prep; 30ish bake)
Makes: one 8×8 casserole dish
1 lb ground beef (I used ground turkey)
1 package taco seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided (I used reduced fat)
1 can cream of chicken soup (I used 98% fat free)
1 bunch green onions, finely chopped
5 or so tortillas (I used wheat and I quartered them)
Preheat your oven to 350.
Brown your meat. Once browned, add in taco seasoning, 1 cup cheese, soup, about 3/4 of your green onions. Reduce heat to low.
Spray your casserole dish with a little Pam. Spread half of the meat mixture in the bottom of the casserole dish. Layer half of your tortillas on top. Spread the other half of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas. Layer the other half of your tortillas on top.
Top with the remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5-10 more minutes.
Top with remaining green onions before serving.
It would also be delicious with a dollop of sour cream on top of your portion. Yum. :-)