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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Frito Taco Casserole


INGREDIENTS

1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 (16 oz.) can refried beans
1 (4 oz.) can mild green chiles, diced
2 cups cooked rice
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated, or Mexican cheese blend
2 cups Fritos (or corn chips of your choice), divided
1 cup salsa
1/4 cup water
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (1.25 oz.) package taco seasoning
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

PREPARATION



Preheat oven to 350ยบ F.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef until cooked through and no longer pink.
Drain fat, reserving 1 tablespoon, and saute onions until softened and translucent. 6-8 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper and add taco seasoning. Return beef to pan, then add salsa, chiles and water.
Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in rice, cheddar cheese, and refried beans, and transfer mixture to a 9x13-inch baking dish.
Top with 1 cup Fritos and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until cheese is melted and dish is warmed through.
Remove from oven, top with remaining Fritos and serve hot.

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