A taco casserole is made by browning ground beef and mixing it with refried beans and salsa. This mixture is poured into a baking dish containing tortilla chips. A layer of sour cream sprinkled with tomatoes, green onions and cheese is added before the dish is baked for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Brown 1 pound of ground beef in a skillet, and drain off the fat. Add 1 15-ounce can of spicy refried beans and 1/2 cup of chunky salsa to the meat. Stir to blend.
In a baking dish, place 2 cups of broken tortilla chips. Layer the meat mixture over the chips. Spread 3/4 cup of sour cream over the meat mixture, and top with 3/4 cup of chopped tomato, 1/4 cup of diced green onion and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and bubbling. Serve with lettuce, salsa and additional tortilla chips.
A variation of this recipe adds one package of taco seasoning mix to the meat mixture and omits the sour cream. The recipe also adds 3/4 diced bell pepper and 1/4 cup of sliced black olives, sprinkled onto the meat mixture with the tomato, onion and cheese. After baking, add 1 cup of shredded lettuce and 1/2 cup of tomato to the casserole. Serve with sour cream if desired.