Easy Cheesy Taco Bake

This is so easy and has great flavor!  Quick, too, it takes less than 45 minutes to make.  This is supposed to serve 4, however not when my husband is one.  He had four helpings last night!  It was at his insistence that I post this to the blog!

EASY CHEESY TACO BAKE

Prep Time:  15 minutes

Bake Time:  30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef (can also use ground pork, ground turkey, ground chicken)
  • 1 pkg Velveeta Shells  & Cheese (or Kraft Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese)
  • 1 can Rotelle Tomatoes & Green Chilis, drained
  • 1 Package Old Elpasso Taco Seasoning (Original or Hot & Spicy)
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup frozen corn (or 1 can drained)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (or mexican blend cheese)
  • 3 cups coursely chopped Tortilla Chips
  • Optional:  Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes, Sour Cream, Fresh Cilantro

Prepare Shells & Cheese according to package directions.  Brown ground beef. When ground beef is brown stir in Taco Seasoning and 2/3 cup water, corn and add half can of Rotelle.  Simmer until water is reduced and mixture is thick.  Spray cooking spray in a 9″ square pan.  Pour in 1 cup of crushed tortilla chips.  To the Shells and Cheese, add 1/2 cup sour cream, mix well.  Place 1/2 the Shells and Cheese in the bottom of the pan and spread evenly.  Add meat mixture and spread evenly.  Sprinkle shredded cheese and 1 cup tortilla chips just to cover.  Add remaining 1/2 of Shells & Cheese and spread evenly.  Cover (I cover with aluminum foil) and Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven, add remaining can of Rotelle and spread evenly.  Sprinkle remaining Tortilla Chips and shredded cheese evenly on top.  Bake for an additional 15 minutes uncovered.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  Serve by adding shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, a dollop of sour cream and fresh cilantro to top, if desired.

Additions/Variations:

When Serving add Shredded Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes and a Dollop of Sour Cream to top.  Garnish with Fresh Cilantro Leaves or top sour cream with chopped cilantro.

Use your imagination!  The flavor comes from the Taco Seasoning and the Rotelle.  You can also use chopped tomatoes instead of Rotelle, but it will be a blander version of above.

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