How to make a nacho beef casserole

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If you're anything like us, you will just light up at any excuse to enjoy the splendid luxury of nachos for dinnertime. A true indulgence, we often tend to associate nachos with game days or bar snacks. On the contrary, while this tasty dish is a brilliant and simple starter to serve at celebratory communal gatherings, nachos themselves are actually comprised of a very well-balanced array of dinner staples. This tasty nacho beef casserole contains meat, veggies, carbs, and cheese, all of the greatest components of a hearty family meal.
This casserole is a great chance to use up any leftover tortilla chips, as it will also work well with tortilla chips on the slightly stale side (this will cook down nicely). You can easily substitute the cheddar cheese for a more traditional Queso Blanco or Manchego, or the less traditional Colby cheese. For the adventurous, the chunky tomato salsa can be replaced with salsa verde (green salsa) for a whole new punch of flavor. What's even better, this amazing feast can be prepped and cooked in less than 40 minutes! Now that is something truly worthy of celebration!
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Nacho Beef Casserole
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15 minutes
20 minutes
35 minutes
1 lb (450g) ground beef
1 white onion, thinly sliced
20 oz (550g) tortilla chips, crushed
8 oz (226g) grated cheddar
2 cups (450g) mild chunky salsa
14oz (400g) can sweet corn, drained
14oz (400g) can black beans, drained
4oz (113g) pickled jalepenos, chopped
1oz (28g) taco seasoning
¾ cup (170g) sour cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 wedge iceberg lettuce, shredded
Preheat the oven to 350 °F or 170 °C. Spread ⅓ of the crushed chips on the bottom of a greased 3-quart casserole dish.
Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Brown the beef and sliced onions for about 5-8 minutes. Drain and then pour over the chips.
Pour the corn, black beans, and pickled jalepenos over the beef and onions and mix together with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle half of the cheese over the beef and pour the salsa over the cheese and spread evenly.
Place the remaining tortilla chips over the salsa and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Place into the oven, uncovered, and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is nicely melted. Serve with cool sour cream and shredded iceberg lettuce.
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Pro tip: If you have a nicely maintained spice pantry, it's usually cheaper to make your spice mixes and store them for later use than to buy pre-mixed versions. To make your own taco seasoning, simply combine 1 tablespoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon sweet paprika, ½ teaspoon oregano, 1 ½ teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes. Use as much as desired and store any remaining mix in a jar or plastic bag for later use.
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February 26   ·  
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This savory casserole is packed with tender ground beef, sharp cheddar cheese, and sumptuous rotini pasta, making this a delightful way to enjoy a cheesy-meal in with the family!
February 25   ·  
This recipe is perfect.
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