This was originally posted on another blog of mine (Simplicity —  Small & Cheap).   I consolidated all blogs to simplify my life.   – Jen 6/19/09

I was flipping through recipe books as I was purging and found this in one of those checkout cookbook magazines from Betty Crocker.   I modified it quite a bit and it lends itself well to it (HERE is the original for those interested).  It’s one of those recipes that you can customize to your family’s taste and what you have in the cupboard (say adding black olives or peppers or rotel, you get the idea).  I was able to do this without buying anything new at the store, which was a great bonus.   I spent a lot stocking up when we got home and didn’t really want to buy more.

In our opinion, this serves 6 if you serve something else with it.

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey, browned ($2.99)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped and cooked until soft with ground meat ($0.50)
  • 1 can spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained ($1.20)
  • about 1/2 a jar of salsa (you choose the heat–we used hot) ($0.75)
  • 2 c coarsely broken tortilla chips ($1.50)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 leftover corn ($0.25)
  • 4 oz velveeta cheese cut into 6 slices ($1.25)
  • sour cream ($0.25)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.   Brown your meat with the chopped onions.    Stir in beans, corn and salsa.  Heat to boiling stirring occassionally.

In a 2 qt baking dish (we used a square brownie pan),  place broken tortilla chips.   Top with beef mixture.    Add small dollups of sour cream all over top.    Place velveeta cheese slices to cover.

Bake uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

While eating we determined that this is absolutely a keeper and maybe even added to the party standby list.   I was even thinking that adding a box of cooked spanish rice between the beef and sour cream/cheese would make it a full-fledged 6 serving meal and be tasty.   You could even replace the tortilla chip bottom with refried beans and make it a layered dip with tortilla chips.   YUM!

$1.48/serving (assuming 6 servings, not 4)   If you got all the ingredients on sale, you could make it even cheaper (I estimated prices based on memory so they might be a little high).

3 Comments on Fiesta Taco Casserole

  1. Monica
    24 March 2009 at 11:46 AM (12 years ago)

    This recipe looks yummy. Just stopping by from the UBP 2009. I like your blog. I think I’ll have to keep reading it. Take care- Monica @


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