Recipe: Baked Nacho Casserole with Ground Beef (or Turkey)


Baked Nacho Casserole, Courtesy: www.ro-tel.com
Baked Nacho Casserole, Courtesy: http://www.ro-tel.com

Now you can have fully loaded nachos at home! Bake crushed tortilla chips with vegetables and ground beef (or turkey), add sour cream and shredded cheese, and you’ll have made a restaurant-style appetizer in your own kitchen.  This is a great dish to bring to a party or enjoy at home with your family.

Ingredients: 
No-Stick Cooking Spray
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped red onion
1 pound lean ground beef (93% lean)
1 can (15 oz each) Ranch Style® Black Beans, drained, rinsed
1 can (10 oz each) Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
1 cup light mayonnaise
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 tsp chili powder
4 ounces baked tortilla chips, crushed, divided (4 oz = about 4 cups)
1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
3 cups shredded lettuce
1/3 cup reduced fat sour cream
1/4 cup sliced ripe olives
Chopped cilantro, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray 8 x 8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat.
  4. Add pepper and onion, cook and stir until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove vegetables from skillet; set aside.
  6. Add beef to skillet, cook until meat is brown and crumbly and no pink remains.
  7. Add vegetables, black beans, drained tomatoes, mayonnaise, corn and chili powder to skillet; stir until combined.
  8. Place half of meat mixture in prepared dish; top with half of the tortilla chips.
  9. Place remaining meat mixture over chips.
  10. Cover with foil; bake 25 minutes.
  11. Remove foil; top with the remaining tortilla chips and cheese.
  12. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes or until cheese melts.
  13. Serve with lettuce, sour cream and ripe olives.
  14. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • I am not a fan of green peppers, so I substituted celery and one finely chopped jalapeño pepper, for added heat.
  • I added about 1/4 more shredded cheese, because, well, I really like cheese.
  • You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. If you do, add a touch more sour cream to make up for the dryness of the turkey.
  • Definitely garnish with fresh cilantro – it tastes so good!

Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each)

Source: http://www.ro-tel.com

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