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Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

tex mex casseroleFor a month or more I’ve not been myself. I’ve contributed it to yet another birthday, and while I’m not so ignorant to believe I’m old by any means, I do know I am older. Since my birthday in January, I’ve thrown my lower back out (a first for me), in a separate incident I have 10+ muscles in my upper back and shoulder that are angry – or so says my Chiropractor – and now I have a mean sinus episode in which I hack and gag like a 90 year old three-pack-a-day-er.

Suffice to say my family has been eating microwave meals, frozen corn dogs, hot dogs, and chicken fingers regularly. This past weekend I started feeling pretty spunky and much like my pre-January self. I decided one Saturday while my hubby and kids were working the cows all day that I would actually bake a real meal – one with a side and everything! You guessed it, this recipe is what I made. It was a first for my family, but not a first for me. I was saving it for something special because I just knew they would love it. Good flavor, nice texture, and enough spice for the men-folk without too much for my dainty flower of a girl. It was a tremendous success and we ate it happily as left overs as well.

That day I felt much like my favorite blogging, photographing, homeschooling, farm mama – The Pioneer Woman. Although I have no pictures to show you, I do have 4 satisfied smiling family members. We finished the day off sitting on the deck underneath the glow of my new lights and planters my favorite husband built for me for Mother’s Day.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2# ground chuck
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning (I always use Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 can (14oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11oz.) corn with red and green bell peppers, undrained (Mexicorn)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded colby & Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Heat oven to 350˚. Brown meat in a large skillet. While that’s cooking mix cream cheese, taco seasoning, and milk until blended. Drain meat; return to skillet. Add cream cheese mixture, tomatoes, corn, and onions; mix well.

Combine rice and ½ cup shredded cheese in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; spread to cover the bottom of dish. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese, cover. Bake for 45 minutes, or until heated through. Top with crushed chips.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2# ground chuck
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning (I always use Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 can (14oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11oz.) corn with red and green bell peppers, undrained (Mexicorn)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded colby & Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350˚.
  2. Brown meat in a large skillet. While that's cooking mix cream cheese, taco seasoning, and milk until blended.
  3. Drain meat; return to skillet.
  4. Add cream cheese mixture, tomatoes, corn, and onions; mix well.
  5. Combine rice and ½ cup shredded cheese in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; spread to cover the bottom of dish.
  6. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese, cover.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, or until heated through.
  8. Top with crushed chips.
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