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Walking Taco Casserole

Walking Taco Casserole Recipe

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Welcome to our fun and family-friendly recipes section! Today, we’re sharing a delicious and easy-to-make Walking Taco Casserole. This dish combines all the flavors of a classic walking taco into a comforting casserole, making it perfect for a quick dinner or a casual gathering. Let’s get started!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/3 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can green chilies (small can)
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 bag Fritos corn chips
  • 1 bag shredded cheese (cheddar or Mexican blend recommended)
  • 3/4 cup lettuce, shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomato, fresh, diced
  • 16 ounces salsa
  • 8 ounces sour cream

Instructions:

Step 1: Cook the Ground Beef

  1. Brown the Beef: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and chopped onion until the beef is browned and the onion is tender. Drain any excess fat.

Step 2: Add Chilies and Sauce

  1. Add Green Chilies and Enchilada Sauce: Stir in the green chilies and enchilada sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until heated through.
  2. Add Cream Cheese: Add the cream cheese and stir until melted and well combined.

Step 3: Assemble the Casserole

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Layer Ingredients: In a 9×13-inch baking dish, spread a layer of Fritos corn chips on the bottom. Pour the beef mixture over the chips, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle a generous layer of shredded cheese on top of the beef mixture.

Step 4: Bake the Casserole

  1. Bake: Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Step 5: Add Toppings and Serve

  1. Add Fresh Toppings: Once the casserole is baked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, salsa, and dollops of sour cream.
  2. Serve and Enjoy: Serve the Walking Taco Casserole hot. Enjoy your fun and delicious meal!

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Ground Beef: You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version.
  • Cheese: Feel free to use your favorite type of cheese or a cheese blend.
  • Toppings: Customize with additional toppings like black olives, jalapeños, or avocado.

Variations

Spicy Walking Taco Casserole

Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to the beef mixture for a spicy kick.

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Vegetarian Walking Taco Casserole

Omit the ground beef and add a mixture of black beans, corn, and bell peppers for a vegetarian version.

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BBQ Walking Taco Casserole

Replace the enchilada sauce with BBQ sauce for a sweet and tangy flavor twist.

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Chicken Walking Taco Casserole

Use cooked, shredded chicken instead of ground beef and replace the enchilada sauce with green enchilada sauce.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make this casserole ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the casserole up to the baking step. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. When ready to bake, add an extra 5-10 minutes to the baking time.

How do I store leftovers?

Store any leftover casserole in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave before serving.

Can I freeze this casserole?

Yes, you can freeze the unbaked casserole. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.

What can I serve with this casserole?

Serve the Walking Taco Casserole with a side of Mexican rice, refried beans, or a simple green salad for a complete meal.

How can I make the casserole healthier?

Use lean ground meat, reduce the amount of cheese, and add more vegetables to make the casserole healthier.

Walking Taco Casserole is a fun and flavorful dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With its delicious combination of ground beef, cheese, and fresh toppings, it’s sure to be a hit with family and friends. Enjoy making and sharing this easy and delightful casserole with your loved ones!

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