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.
Tortilla Chips Casserole
- 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.
I like this recipe because I got to use the rest of the leftover tortilla chips. I didn’t have any canned Mexican vegetables so I added cumin ,chili powder,adobo seasoning and pimentos to a regular can of mixed vegetables; it turned out quite good.
I’m sure it was good!
I would like to know what the carb and calories count is please?
I’m sorry, I don’t have that information.
I found this recipe because I needed to use some stale tortilla chips. I wouldn’t get too down about how unhealthy it was–all the other recipes I looked at had a can of cream of chicken, cream of celery and a block of cream cheese! Two of us can’t do dairy and this was very easy to adjust with almond cheese and goat yogurt. The only other change I made was your “pinch” of seasonings. I used a healthy shake of Tajin, garlic powder, cumin and Mrs. Dash. Everyone liked it.