Wednesday, June 18, 2014

'Weeknight Mexican Casserole'

       That's it, enough is enough! I NEED to win the lottery!!! Just think of all the fantabulous things we would do with all that dough - oh the dreams we can conjure, the possessions we would accumulate, yet, I think the thing that would make me the happiest is food and drink (shocking huh)? Yup, I would travel the world and EAT! Imagine it...all sorts of folks cooking all sorts of strange morsels to tantalize the taste buds - how joyous! But as for now, time for a reality trip to the freezer. With a very cold drink for the journey, I'm on my way! More hamburger meat, really? Seriously?? It's fine, it's all good, we can do this! We are 'The S!#t in The Freezer' after all, we can find something to do with anything!! With a little of this and that, how bout' a 'Weeknight Mexican Casserole'! Why not, let's jump right to it! This is what I've got:
        1. 1lb ground beef, I have a little over (turkey's good too)  
        2. 1 packet taco seasoning (and you know my mantra, always keep plenty of sauces, soups &  seasoning envelopes on hand)
        3. 1 med onion, chopped
        4. 4 taco size tortilla shells (corn or flour, you pick)
        5. 1 can re-fried beans (cup of blk beans instead...tasty)
        6. 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (spice it up with pepper jack)
        7. blk olives sliced
        8. 1/2 cup salsa (as hot as you like)
        9. your choice of toppings, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, sr. cream, jalapeno slices, skies the limit!
      10. 3 tablespoons water
        Take a wild guess as to what's first. Preheat the oven to 350!! You got it! Go get another adult beverage. Brown ground beef with the onion on med heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Pour water and seasoning package into the meat and combine. Lower heat & simmer for a few while you spray a baking dish with a non stick spray (I'm using a 10 x 10 dish). Lay 2 tortillas on the bottom, ripping them to fit the best you can (no stress). Plop refried beans by tablespoon full onto tortillas and spread out the best you can (no stress again). Dump meat over the beans and spread evenly. Spoon salsa over the meat and spread again (whole lotta spreading going on huh) :) Place remaining tort shells on top (ripping again if needed). Sprinkle cheese over all of it all then decorate with olive pretty!! Stick it in the oven, uncovered for approx. 25-30 mins until cheese is melted and everything is heated through. Remove from the oven and top with your fave toppings. Serve it hot with maybe some Mexican corn mix on the side...OLE!! This recipe is so DERN TASTY, it sure don't last long in this house. Enjoy my friends and have a drink on me :)

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