Saturday, April 16, 2022

Taco Casserole #Recipe @PegCochran

This recipe is from The Kitchen and my husband declared it a keeper.  He loves all things Mexican and especially tacos.  I had mine over lettuce.  He put his in a taco shell.  Just add the toppings of your choice.  I substituted ground turkey for the beef and it tasted great. I also had black beans instead of pinto beans and they were equally good.  I also added some frozen corn because I like the way the sweetness of the corn brightens the dish.  

2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste
15 ounces tomato salsa
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese, divided


Heat the oven to 350℉. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray.


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil until shimmering. 


Add the beef or turkey and cook until browned and cooked through.   Transfer the meat to a plate and drain any fat from the skillet.


Reduce the heat to medium, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and heat until shimmering. Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 




Return the beef to the pan and stir in the beans, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.




Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in salsa and 3/4 cup of cheese. 




Transfer to the baking dish and spread into an even layer. Sprinkle with the remaining 3/4 cup cheese.




Bake until the cheese is melted and casserole is heated through, about 20 minutes.  


Serve over lettuce, in a taco and with toppings of your choice: sour cream, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, avocado.




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A murder in her quaint British bookshop drops American Gothic novelist Penelope Parish into her deadliest caper yet.

Penelope Parish is ready to close the book on her amateur sleuthing—from now on, The Open Book’s writer-in-residence will be sticking to villains of the fictional variety while she puts the final touches on her new novel. But when an author is murdered inside the bookshop, all of Upper Chumley-on-Stoke goes on high alert.
Now it’s up to Pen and the quirky citizens of Chumley to stop a killer and protect the charming British town she’s begun to call home.



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  1. We love Mexican food too so this casserole is going on our menu. Thank you for sharing it!

  2. I'm with you on the addition of corn. It adds a lovely sweet crunch.
    Nice recipe.

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