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Walking Taco Casserole

Walking Taco Casserole

Fiesta in a Dish: Walking Taco Casserole

Calling all Tex-Mex lovers! This Walking Taco Casserole is a fun and flavorful twist on a classic favorite. It's a fiesta in a dish, overflowing with ground beef, melty cheese, and all your favorite taco toppings – and it's surprisingly easy to make!

Why You'll Love This Recipe:

  • Flavor Explosion: This casserole captures the vibrant flavors of walking tacos, combining seasoned ground beef, zesty enchilada sauce, and creamy cheese. Every bite is a delicious party in your mouth!
  • Simple Ingredients, Big Impact: Don't be fooled by the explosion of taste – this recipe uses everyday ingredients that are readily available. You likely have most of them on hand already!
  • Make-Ahead Magic: This casserole is fantastic for busy weeknights or potlucks. Simply prepare it ahead of time and bake it when you're ready to eat. It's a lifesaver for those nights when you crave a satisfying meal but are short on time.
  • Customizable Cravings: The beauty of this recipe lies in its versatility. Feel free to add your favorite taco toppings like guacamole, black olives, or jalapenos to personalize it to your taste buds' desires.

Ingredients:

  • The Savory Base:

    • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
    • ⅓ large onion, chopped
  • Tex-Mex Trio:

    • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies
    • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
    • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • Crunchy & Creamy Toppings (choose one):

    • 1 large bag Fritos corn chips
    • 1 large bag shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a blend)
  • Fresh Fiesta Fixings (optional):

    • ¾ cup shredded lettuce
    • ½ cup diced fresh tomatoes
    • 16 ounces salsa
    • 8 ounces sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Brown and Beautiful: In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped onion over medium heat. Drain any excess grease.

  2. Tex-Mex Flavor Boost: Add the green chilies, enchilada sauce, and softened cream cheese to the browned beef mixture. Stir to combine and simmer for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

  3. Layering Up the Fiesta: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). In a greased 9x13 inch baking dish, create a layer of your chosen chips (Fritos or tortilla chips). Top the chips with the seasoned ground beef mixture.

  4. Cheesy Bliss: Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheese over the meat mixture, ensuring it's evenly distributed.

  5. Baking to Gooey Perfection: Bake the casserole for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  6. Fiesta Time!: Remove the casserole from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.

  7. Customize Your Creation: This is where the fun begins! Set up a taco bar with your favorite toppings like shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream. Allow everyone to customize their individual servings with the toppings they love.

  8. Dig In and Enjoy!: Serve the Walking Taco Casserole warm and enjoy a flavor-packed fiesta in every delicious bite!

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