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A Potluck Thread sounds great. Following is a "Taco Casserole" I got from here and

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Posted to Thread #18347 at 11:56 pm on Jun 8, 2010

an oldie I call "Karu" which I've been making for years. Both were very well received and Meryl, we have a potluck about once a month and you are welcome to attend.

Taco Casserole rz

1 pound ground beef
1 packageTaco Seasoning – OR – Copycat Taco Seasoning Mix
1 15 ounce can refried beans
2 cups Monterey jack cheese (˝ cheddar ˝ mozzarella)
1 cup salsa, mild
2 green onions sliced
1 can sliced black olives, optional
1 tomato, chopped, optional
2 cups Tostitos tortilla chips, coarsley crushed

Brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning and cook according to package directions, adding the amount of water indicated on package.

Put crushed chips on bottom of slightly greased 8x8" dish.

Cook refried beans on stove until hot (I make Vickies low fat). Add 1 cup cheese and 1 cup salsa. Stir until combined and let cool slightly. (Consistency should enable you to spread the mixture without chips moving all over the place (like mashed potatoes). If too thick add a little water.) Drop heaping tablespoons all over the chips. Spread evenly with knife like you were icing a cake.

Add beef to top of beans. Sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Sprinkle onions over cheese.

Bake in a 350 degree oven until cheese is sufficiently melted and casserole is heated thru. (Doesn’t really need to cook)

Double ingredients for 9x13 dish.


Karu

˝ cup onions, finely chopped or 4 tablespoons dried onion flakes
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 large cans tomatoes, whole or diced
1 teaspoon salt
˝ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 bay leaves
4 tablespoons cornstarch
4 cups medium shell noodles (cooked)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Brown meat, pour off fat. Save ˝ cup juice from tomatoes and coarsely chop the rest with a fork. Add to meat mixture, tomatoes, salt, pepper, chili, bay leaves. Bring to boil, cover, simmer 15 minutes.

Blend corn starch with ˝ cup tomatoes juice; stir into meat mixture. Cook to thicken.

Mix noodles and meat mixture together in a large casserole. Stir in grated cheese (leave a little to sprinkle on top.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until casserole is bubbly.

Freezes well.


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