Taco Casserole

There's nothing pretty about this meal. Except the smell... Oh, and the taste, of course. But a casserole is a casserole. It's comfort food. It's convenience food. It's filling food. This is not an exact science. I've included measurements as a reference so that you know about how much you'll need, but there's no need to actually measure things out when making it. Just put however much you like! Now, I normally like to just get to business, but I felt like I needed to explain a couple things before digging in:

  • If someone has different preferences (spicy/not spicy, no bell peppers, etc.), you can either divide it into two (like I did in the pictures) or just leave the chips off the top of half of it to mark which side has/doesn't have a certain ingredient.

  • Use whatever salsa you like. We are so lucky to live in the southwest where we can get excellent salsa (without a bunch of extra "stuff" added) from the grocery store. But use whatever kind you like. Or make your own! If you have a little extra time, try making this Pico de Gallo to put in it!

  • It is my personal opinion that monterey jack is a vastly undervalued and underused cheese.


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Taco Casserole

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Serves: 6-8 | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes

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1-2 cups Salsa (3-5 cups if it's a very chunky Pico de Gallo)

3 cups refried beans

3 cups black or garbanzo beans

5 cups Monterey Jack and/or Cheddar cheese

About 15 corn Tortillas

1 large bell pepper

1 cup diced tomatoes (whatever kind you like/have lying around)

Tortilla chips/strips (to add a little crunch)

  1. Gather all ingredients and a 9x13 in baking dish

  2. Drain and rinse black/garbanzo beans

  3. Cover the bottom of the dish with a thin layer of salsa

  4. Rip tortillas in half (or smaller, if you like) and create a mosaic covering all of the salsa

  5. Add refried beans (the "dollop and squish/spread" technique works best so you don't move the tortillas too much. Just remember: it's in the wrist)

  6. Add salsa

  7. Dice tomatoes and pepper and sprinkle onto the casserole

  8. Add black/garbanzo beans and a layer of grated cheese

  9. Repeat the process by adding another layer of tortillas, refried beans, salsa, tomatoes, peppers, black/garbanzo beans, and cheese.

  10. Add one more layer of tortillas and then cheese

  11. Crush a couple handfuls of tortilla chips (or use tortilla strips meant for salads) and sprinkle on top. I like to save a little bit of the cheese to put over the chips so that the cheese gets crispy and the chips don't just burn.

  12. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes then broil until the top is browned and the cheese is getting crispy.


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taco casserole, tex mex, southwestern food, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, cheese, casserole, dinner, gluten free, vegetarian
taco casserole, tex mex, southwestern food, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, cheese, casserole, dinner, gluten free, vegetarian
taco casserole, tex mex, southwestern food, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, cheese, casserole, dinner, gluten free, vegetarian
taco casserole, tex mex, southwestern food, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, cheese, casserole, dinner, gluten free, vegetarian
When my husband goes for seconds...
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taco casserole, tex mex, southwestern food, tortilla chips, corn tortillas, cheese, casserole, dinner, gluten free, vegetarian

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