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Taco Casserole
Submitted by:  Ortega



" Casseroles aren't the same old boring, soggy, hot dishes they used to be. This recipe offers both appealing taste and texture. OrtegaŽ seasonings spice up the filling, and layers of taco shells give it crunch.  "
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup water
1/2 cup ORTEGAŽ Thick & Smooth Taco Sauce
1 (4 ounce) can ORTEGAŽ Diced Green Chiles
1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced ripe olives, drained, divided
1 (1.25 ounce) package ORTEGAŽ Taco Seasoning mix
1 package (12) ORTEGAŽ Taco Shells, broken, divided
2 cups SARGENTOŽ ChefStyle Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese, divided
 Chopped tomatoes (optional)
 Sliced green onions (optional)

PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F.


COOK beef, onion and garlic until beef is browned; drain. Stir in water, taco sauce, chiles, 1/4 cup olives and seasoning mix. Cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.


LAYER half of broken shells on bottom of greased 12 x 8-inch baking dish. Cover with half of meat sauce; sprinkle with 1 cup cheese. Repeat with remaining taco shells, meat sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Top with remaining olives, tomatoes and green onions.

Makes 8 servings


Nutrition at a glance
  Calories 443
  Protein 19g
  Total Fat 31g
  Sodium 770mg
  Cholesterol 78mg
  Carbohydrates 24g
  Fiber 3g