|Beefy Taco-Mac Bake|
This beefy taco casserole is made even better by making your own baked tortilla chips!
|Beefy Taco-Mac Bake|
I’ll be upfront and say I’m not a great lover of taco seasoning because of the cumin, but when I combined this with some of Goya’s Adobo seasoning, it tasted really GREAT!
I also wanted to use up an odd bit of spiral pasta I had hanging around for I can’t remember how long, plus I had some leftover sliced olives from when I did the Mexican French Bread Pizza for an olive promotion for Price Chopper Supermarkets.
Only thing I was lacking was a bag of tortilla chips–but I did have some small flour tortillas, so I made my own. One thing I can say is I will NEVER buy tortilla chips again. I think the homemade ones actually was the thing that made this casserole shine.
This casserole is really a combination of taco-flavored beef macaroni and nachos! A real family pleaser!
|A combo of nachos and tacos combine here|
- 1 lb very lean ground beef
- 1 can (10.75 oz) tomato soup
- 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes*
- 1 can (4 oz) diced jalapenos (optional)
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
- 1 pkg (1.25 oz) taco seasoning (or 2 tbs)
- 2 tsp Adobo seasoning (Goya makes this)
- 8 oz (uncooked) rotini/rotelle pasta
- 2-3 cups broken tortilla chips**
- 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese***
- ½ cup sliced black olives
- 3 green onions, chopped
- *For added heat a can of Rotelle tomatoes may be substituted.
- **I made my own tortilla chips from 6-inch flour tortillas. Brush one side of each tortilla with olive oil. Repeat for how may chips you want to make. I used 4 tortillas. Stack tortillas oil side up and slice into eighths. Place on lightly oiled baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes.
- ***A combination of sharp cheddar and Monterrey jack may be substituted for the Mexican blend--1/2 cheddar, ½ jack. All cheddar or all jack is another alternative. Choice is yours!
- Cook pasta per package directions. Drain and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray either and 11 x 7 or 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
- Brown ground beef, onion and garlic in a large heavy skillet; drain fat.
- Add the diced tomatoes, tomato soup, taco seasoning, Adobo seasoning, the ½ cup of cheese and the pasta. Stir to combine. Place mixture in the prepared baking pan.
- Top with broken tortilla chips. Top tortilla chips with the 2 cups of cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and top with sliced olives and chopped green onion.
- Serves 4-6 depending on appetite.
|Someone had a hearty appetite!|
|Ready to eat!|
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