This taco casserole has everything you love about tacos but in a delicious easy baked Tex-Mex recipe. This recipe is a bit more complicated than most but your family and friends will love it and you will be the talk of the party.
This taco casserole can be made with a wide variety of fillings, including beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, allowing for great versatility and variety.
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Totally Texan Taco Casserole
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- 2 tbsp salted butter
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
- 7 oz diced green chiles
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 12 corn tortillas cut in half
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups cheddar cheese shredded and divided
- 14.5 oz black beans rinsed and drained
- 2 cups Salsa divided
- 2 cups corn canned or frozen
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 9×13 pan.
- In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook onion in the butter until the onion softens and starts to brown a bit, about 3-5 minutes. Add in beef, green chiles, cumin, salt, chili, and garlic powder, and cook beef until it browns about 6-8 minutes.2 tbsp salted butter, 1 medium onion, 1 1/2 lbs ground beef, 7 oz diced green chiles, 1 tbsp cumin, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp chili powder, 2 tsp garlic powder
- In a separate skillet, brown the corn tortilla halves in a very small amount of oil in a pan over medium heat. Flip after about 1 minute and get both sides of tortilla golden in color.12 corn tortillas, 2 tbsp olive oil
- Line the bottom of a 9×13 dish with 8 of the tortilla halves. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Spoon half of the ground beef mixture on top of the cheese layer.3 cups cheddar cheese
- Layer on all of the black beans, then spoon 1 cup of salsa on top of the beans. Layer 6-8 more browned tortilla halves on top of the salsa.14.5 oz black beans, 2 cups Salsa
- Layer the remaining ground beef across the tortillas, spoon the corn on top of the ground beef and then top that with the remaining cup of salsa. Top the casserole with the remaining 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.2 cups corn
- Bake, uncovered, until bubbly and cheese is browning, about 25-30 minutes. Garnish with additional toppings as desired.
History of the Taco
The taco predates the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico. There is anthropological evidence that the indigenous people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish. Writing at the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Díaz del Castillo documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans, a meal which Hernán Cortés arranged for his captains in Coyoacán.
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