The other day I needed to make a quick and tasty meal. Even though I usually make things from scratch, this time I used store-bought corn tortilla chips, bottled burrito sauce and canned Mexican vegetables mix to make simple Tortilla Chips Casserole. Layered with fried ground beef and topped with cheese, it turned out to be a decent weeknight dinner. I’m not trying to promote unhealthy eating habits, but in times when you just don’t have time to spend few ours in your kitchen, this can be a good idea.
- 1 large onion
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 1/2 cup Mexican vegetables mix canned*
- 2 cups burrito cooking sauce or chunky salsa
- 1/2 cup milk or sour cream
- a pinch of oregano cumin and paprika
- 2 cups grated Cheddar cheese and/or Monterey Jack cheese
- 3 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips about 200 g; 7 oz
- black olives for garnish
In a large pan, saute onion in olive oil. Add ground beef and garlic and cook until cooked through, breaking it into small pieces while cooking.
Stir in mixed vegetables, burrito sauce and milk. Season with oregano, cumin and paprika. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in half of the cheese and crushed tortilla chips.
Transfer the mixture into an oiled 9x9 inch (22x12.5 cm; 8 cups volume) baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and garnish with sliced black olives.
Bake in preheated 350 F (175 C) oven for about 30 minutes or until heated through and bubbly.
* If using frozen vegetables, cook a little longer, until vegetables are soft.