Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Tortilla Chip Casserole

When our boys were growing up I could have been the Burger Queen!  I learned to stretch pennies and to cook, shall I say, cheaply.  Ground Beef was known as Hamburger then and it was cheap.  I could have cooked it every day for months and never repeated a recipe.  Having three boys made life interesting because they each had their definite likes and dislikes.  This recipe is one that they could all agree on.  I haven't made it for years but a recent visit with our Grandson Alek reminded me of things I once cooked so often.  My hubby and I enjoyed this trip down memory lane and now we wonder why we haven't had it for so long.

Tortilla Chip Casserole

1 pound Ground Beef
2  8 ounce cans Tomato Sauce
3 teaspoons Chili Powder (1 teaspoon will go into the beans)
2 1/2 cups Tortilla Chips, broken and crushed
1  15 ounce can Refried Beans
1 cup Cheddar Cheese, grated

In a skillet, over medium heat, brown the Ground Beef.  Add 1 1/2 cans of the Tomato Sauce, 2 teaspoons Chili Powder and 2 cups of the broken Tortilla Chips.  Spray the bottom of 8”x8” baking dish with Pam cooking spray and add the mixture to it.  In the same skillet, heat and combine Refried Beans and the remaining 1/2 can of Tomato Sauce and the 1 teaspoon Chili Powder.  Spread the beans evenly over the top of the meat mixture.  Bake at 350˚ for 15 to 20 minutes, just to heat through.  Top the casserole with the reserved 1/2 cup crushed Tortilla Chips and then the Cheese.  Bake for another 5 minutes, to melt the cheese.  

Serves 4-6

You can top this casserole with salsa, guacamole or sour cream, or all...or, eat it as it is.  


Millie said...

Ooohhh, love casseroles, Pat, this sound super yummy because I also love Mexican food . . . have to give this one a try for sure. Thanks for posting . . . need more casseroles, ha. Thank You!!! :)

Pat Lutzow said...

Millie, I am always happy to see your encouraging comments. Give this one a try and let me know what you think..