Friday, March 25, 2011

It's a Recipe!: Taco Bake

I love to really make a night of it and cook a big meal, but let's be honest... most nights there just isn't the time for that kind of involvement.  I seriously appreciate meals that can be made ahead of time & then popped in the oven laterNaturally, you think of lasagna when you think "prep now, cook later", but lasagna can take a while to prepare.  I don't always have that time... neither do you, I know.  "What is it that I do have time for?", you ask?(I asked for you... you're welcome.)
I love me a taco bake, y'all!  It's yummy & quick & you only have to "dirty" two dishes b/c clearly you need to eat this on a paper plate.  You don't?  Well, whatever... we do!  Some things are meant to be eaten on a paper plate & taco bake is one of them :)
Large tortillas
1 can refried beans
1 bag shredded cheese
1 pack taco seasoning
1 lb ground beef 
(may substitute beef with ground turkey or shredded chicken)

optional toppings:
shredded lettuce
avacado (or guacamole)
sliced jalapenos
sour cream
green onions
[whatever else your heart desires... but don't let your heart desire that liquid jalapeno cheese, cause it. was. gross! Thank goodness I tasted it before I used it on the dish!]

Cooking Instructions:
-In a medium skillet(dirty dish number one), brown 1 lb ground beef(or meat of your choice)
-Drain excess fat
-Follow directions on taco seasoning packet (usually add seasoning & 1 1/2 cups of water)

-In a pie plate/round baking pan/tart pan (Your second and final dirty dish!)
layer tortilla, beans, beef & cheese
Repeat 3 more times
(If you're prepping this in the morning, go ahead and cover it and pop it in the fridge now!)
-Bake covered at 375 degrees for 15 minutes
-Uncover & bake for 10 more minutes
-Top it how you like it & Nom nom nom!
Make this recipe lower in fat by using:
-lean ground beef, turkey or chicken 
-greek yogurt in place of sour cream
-low fat cheese

Happy Weekend, everyone!


15 love notes:

Bree said...

My boyfriend and I made something very similar to this a few weeks and it was AMAZING!! We were both beyond stuffed. And it actually made 2 cake pans worth (yeah, we used cake pans ha) and each was 4 layers I think. And this reminded me, I still have a whole one in the freezer, and I think he's coming tonight-looks like dinner is made!

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

Woozers...that looks YUMMY!!! I just love mexican food! Have a lovely weekend!

Liesl :)

KatiePerk said...

looks good!!

Rissy said...

I love any kind of Mexican food, and all the Mexican responses to Lasagna have made my life better. Seriously!


{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

yum this looks good and quick i just miht make it tonight. thanks.

April said...

YUM!! I will totally be trying this!!

hebba said...

looks great! You are the cutest with your nom nom nom!

Daphne (Flip Flops and Pearls) said...

Hey Honey!

We ended up not coming b/c of weather :(

I will let you know when we reschedule.

That looks awesome.

You need to link it up Friday on my recipe swap!!

have a great weekend sweetie.


Christina said...

That looks good! I'm always looking for new meals, but super easy ones. I'll be trying this soon!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I definitely need to make this tonight! Thanks so much for sharing!!! I am your newest follower!


daphne (flip flops and pearls) said...

Oh my yum girlfriend!

This looks delish. I love me some mexican, I was there last night:) (working on my flat tummy, can't ya tell?LOL)

I will def. be making this!!

Thanks for linking up this morning. I hope you have a fun weekend.


Cory said...

That looks really good!!! Definitely something my family would enjoy! :) Hopping over from FF&P! :)

Kristy said...

That looks fantastic!!

Briar Carwell said...

My boyfriend and I are vegetarian, and instead of meat use black beans. I know it's pretty beanie, but it's just as filling and perfect for out veggie-only diet :)

Diane Eliasen said...

I have a gluten allergy and this will be perfect with corn tortillas!

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