Originally called 'Mock Tacos', this dish is a complete meal in itself—plus it's a great recipe for a fun and easy buffet dinner, because it's like a 'big party' on a plate! A Tex-Mex seasoned sauce is ladled over a bed of corn chips and topped with your choice of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, fresh cilantro and more. Let your guests build their own Fiesta Grande!
A Family-Favorites Recipe.
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup cooked rice*
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Original size Fritos® brand corn chips for accompaniment**
Cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Iceberg lettuce, shredded
Black olives, whole, sliced or chopped
Avocado, diced or sliced
Salsa (Pico de Gallo) and/or other hot sauces
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
- For the Sauce: In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain excess fat. Add the chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat.
- Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- To Serve: Ladle sauce over a bed of corn chips, top with any of the suggested accompaniments and squeeze some lime juice over the whole thing and enjoy.
Makes 6 servings. (Recipe can be doubled.)
*The cooked rice is part of the original recipe, it helps to thicken the sauce.
**You can use tortilla chips, but they're not nearly as good as corn chips with the sauce.
Fritos® is the trademark of Frito-Lay North America, Inc.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe; meat sauce only, does not include chips or toppings): 272.1 calories; 54% calories from fat; 16.2g total fat; 56.7mg cholesterol; 874.6mg sodium; 683.2mg potassium; 16.3g carbohydrates; 2.7g fiber; 7.1g sugar; 13.6g net carbs; 15.9g protein.