This dish is like having tacos or nachos but without the mess.
My kids love tacos, really love them. They would eat them every single night if I let them. They would sit at the table with a big grin and chant, "It's taco night, it's taco night ole' ole' its taco night." I need to give a shout out to my friend Kristen and her girls for teaching them that song, thanks ladies!
Honestly, if we ate tacos almost every night I wouldn't be that upset about it either. I love tacos too and can almost eat as many as my kids. But...I have kids. Having kids and eating tacos in our house equals one huge mess. First of all it's all hand food and second of all, its all make your own. My kids interpret this as stick your hands into the pile of tomatoes and then leave a path as you move your hand from the tomato bowl to your plate. Repeat with cheese...and so on....
A few weeks back I made a Taco Pie. It was really good and the kids enjoyed it. This time I wanted to try something else and I found this great recipe for Mexican Beef + Corn Casserole. Its not really tacos in any way but I paired it with tortilla chips and told the kids to scoop it up and eat it like nachos - it worked! They enjoyed some food they could (mostly) eat with their hands and they didn't make a huge mess. Next time I may throw some taco seasoning into the mix just to kick it up a bit. I did add some hot sauce to mine and I was very happy with my meal.
And in case you may be wondering about the white on the casserole, I didn't realize I was out of the correct cheese until it was time to add it. At that point I went to the fridge to grab the cheddar and only found mozzarella. Story of my life....still good though.
recipe adapted from recipe.com
1 lb ground beef
1/3 cup cilantro, chopped or torn
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
1 (11 ounce) can corn with peppers, drained
3/4 cup salsa
2/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella like me)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the ground beef in skillet over medium-high heat, until beef is done, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a 8x8 inch pan, combine the corn and the black beans.Top with an even layer of cilantro.
Then add the ground beef and top with the salsa.
Add the sour cream on top of that and then finish with the shredded cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Other Mexican Dishes you may like:
Skinnier Chicken Enchiladas
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Two years ago I made Indian Butter Chicken
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