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Taco Casserole

Taco CasseroleCasseroles aren't the same old boring, soggy, hot dishes they used to be. This recipe offers both appealing taste and texture.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
1/2 cup ORTEGA Thick & Smooth Taco Sauce
1 (4-ounce) can ORTEGA Diced Green Chiles
1 (2.25-ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained - divided use
1 (1.25-ounce) package ORTEGA Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (4.5-ounce) package ORTEGA Taco Shells, broken
2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese - divided use
1/4 cup chopped tomatoes (optional)
1/8 cup sliced green onions (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Cook beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned; drain. Stir in water, taco sauce, chiles, 1/4 cup olives and seasoning mix. Cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Layer half of broken taco shells on bottom of greased 12 x 8-inch baking dish. Cover with half of meat sauce; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat with remaining shells, meat sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Top with remaining olives, tomatoes and green onions.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph are the property of Nestlé® and Meals.com, used with permission.