Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Flavorful Taco Casserole

(Another one of my own recipes, except I made this one up without any "backup" recipe)


1 recipe of homemade refried beans
tortilla chips
8 oz can tomato sauce
2 lbs ground beef
2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar and colby jack)
4 tsp taco seasoning (I use homemade taco seasoning)

For homemade refried beans:
1 can black beans (rinsed, drained, and divided)
1/2 cup water
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
several drops of tabasco sauce

Beans directions:

In a medium saucepan on the stove, heat half of the beans with all of the water on low heat until heated through. Meanwhile, make a paste out of the remaining beans by smashing with a fork (in a small bowl). Once the beans on the stove are heated stir in bean paste and add garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and tabasco sauce. Cook for 10 minutes on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.

Casserole directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Crush enough chips to cover the bottom of a 13x9 baking dish. Spread evenly. On stove, mix tomato sauce into refried beans, and warm on low heat. Brown the meat, drain, and add taco seasoning. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water if meat is too dry. Cook for a few more minutes. Spread refried bean mixture over chips. Spread taco meat evenly over refried bean mixture. Sprinkle cheese over the whole casserole, and bake for 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds tasty!! Especially changing to black beans -- great flavor.