Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Santa Fe Cheesy Beef and Rice Casserole

This time of year I like comfort foods. Nothing's better than crisp fall weather and cozying up inside with a warm, satisfying meal - except for maybe a deliciously satisfying dessert... haha!

I really like mexican, tex-mex, etc. and I was looking for an easy ground beef dinner idea that wasn't boring old tacos, or spaghetti, so I whipped up this Casserole last week and it was a hit! I'll definitely be making it again.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, diced
3/4 cup black beans
3/4 cup niblet corn
1 small can of tomato sauce
1 cup cooked rice
1 cup beef broth
3 tbsp taco seasoning (or more if you like - I like lots).
Sour cream (to top each serving with).
2 cups shredded tex mex cheese
1/2 cup crushed up tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Cook the ground beef thoroughly (once browned add in the onion), once beef is cooked then you can drain the grease. Add the beef broth, tomato sauce and taco seasoning and let simmer until most of the broth is absorbed (should still be a bit saucy). Add in the black beans, corn and rice and combine well. Add in 1 cup of the shredded cheese and mix through.

Pour into your casserole dish and place lid on top. Bake for about 15  minutes, then remove lid, add the remaining cheese on top and sprinkle the crushed up tortilla chips over the cheese. Bake uncovered for another 15 minutes.

Top with your desired amount of sour cream for each serving.



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