Walking Taco Casserole

Who out there is a fan of the walking taco? You know the genius idea where you take a bag of chips, stuff it with your favorite taco fillings and then eat it with a fork? A portable bag of crunch and taco goodness for the win! Well, as we are wont to do here at 12 Tomatoes, we’ve taken that same concept and translated it into a casserole. You still get crunchy chips, you still get plenty of beefy, zesty taco deliciousness, you just get it out of a casserole dish! And while this version might not be quite as portable, it’s a comforting dish that everyone loves just as much as the original.

Our casserole starts with ground beef and onion that are browned up with a generous amount of taco seasoning for plenty of zestiness. We also stir in some cream cheese and green chiles to liven things up a bit. That gets spread in a casserole dish and then topped with a layer of corn chips.

You could use Doritos as some do with walking tacos, but I’ve always been partial to Fritos in this application. After a layer of cheese is added, the dish bakes for about thirty minutes and the cheese gets nice and melty and the chips absorb some of that beefy flavor.

Ingredients :

1 1⁄2 pounds Ground Beef
1⁄3 large Onion, chopped
1 can Green Chilies, small can
1 can Enchilada Sauce
2 ounces Cream CheeseIngredients
1 bag Fritos Corn Chips
1 bag Shredded Cheese
3⁄4 cup Lettuce, shredded
1⁄2 cup Tomato, fresh, diced
16 ounces Salsa
8 ounces Sour Cream

Directions :

Brown ground beef with onion.
Add green chilies, enchilada sauce and cream cheese.
In a 9×13 pan, repeat layers as follows: Fritos chips Meat Mixture Shredded Cheese.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
Top individual servings with lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, sour cream as desired.

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