Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Half Baked Taco Salad

Ok, so it's not really half baked. At least not in that sense. This is an alternative way to make tacos for dinner (especially when you realize halfway through making them that you are totally out of tortillas).

Half Baked Taco Salad

- half a bag of tortilla chips
- large can of refried beans (someday I will make these from scratch....just not there yet)
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 2 tsp prepared taco seasoning (or the homemade version...recipe below this one)
- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded pepperjack cheese
- chopped lettuce
- 2-3 large tomatoes, diced

Brown the ground beef and drain fat. Add taco seasoning and the entire can of beans, plus 1 cup water. Stir it all together and cook until bubbly.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees and layer bottom of a 9x13 casserole pan with chips, slightly crushed. Pour bean and meat mixture over it evenly, then top with cheese. Bake on center rack for 20 minutes.

While the casserole is in the oven, chop lettuce and dice tomatoes. Remove dish from the oven, then layer with lettuce and tomatoes. Slice into sections, top with salsa of your choice and sour cream.

Taco Seasoning
If you are looking for an alternative to the salt laden taco seasonings you can find in the store, this one is pretty easy to mix up. Be sure the bowl and utensils you use to make this are completely dry. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you will use it a lot.

- 4 tsp chili powder
- 4 tsp dried onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp cornstarch

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