Waste Not, Want Yes: Tacos and Taco Casserole

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Okay. Who doesn’t have tacos in their regular menu rotation? It is a staple, right?

I like my tacos finely ground. I also like to make a casserole with the leftover meat the next day. The casserole recipe is from my lovely friend Bridgette! Thank you Bridgette! You’re the best.

Tacos

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs. ground meat (I prefer 93/7 ground beef)
White corn tortillas (I buy the 30 count package and make home made tortilla chips with the rest.)
3 cups shredded cheese (I like the Mexican four cheese. It is approximately 1 cup for tacos and 2 cups for casserole, but feel free to use less.)
Taco seasoning (I use around 1/2 more than they recommend. So, for this batch, 1 and 1/2 packets of taco seasoning. I just buy the large jar at Costco and measure it out.)
Water according to taco packet directions
10 oz. green enchilada sauce
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Garlic powder
Pinch salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil

Optional Extras:

Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Sour cream
Chopped Cilantro

Optional Sides:

Salad
Mexican rice
Refried beans

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Heat vegetable oil in a small skillet on medium heat. Cook corn tortillas until slightly crispy. Fold over after thirty seconds in hot oil. Let simmer in oil on each side until lightly crisp.

Remove tortilla to paper towel lined plate. Repeat until you have enough taco shells that you need. Make a layer with paper towels every four-five tortillas. For my family of 4, I fry up 9. Turn off heat.

Cover tortillas with paper towel. Set aside.

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In a large skillet, brown meat over medium high heat. Add Worcestershire sauce, pinch of salt and garlic powder at this time.

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Mix taco seasoning and water.

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Break meat up with spatula until crumbly and brown. Turn heat to low. Add taco seasoning/water mixture. Use a potato masher to get meat more finely crumbled. Let simmer for 8-10 minutes repeating with the potato masher as needed.

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Turn off heat. Serve meat in taco shells with cheese and optional toppings. And serve with optional sides. I served these with rice and salad.

Now, save the rest of your taco meat for the next day in the refrigerator. You could also prepare the following recipe the same night and just refrigerate the whole casserole until the next day. I vary what I do based on how tired I am.

Taco Casserole

This is my sweet friend Bridgette’s recipe:

The next day,

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you have a convection oven, 325 degrees.

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Take a small casserole dish and pour a small amount of enchilada sauce into the bottom. I prefer green.

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Layer tortillas on top of the sauce. I just tear mine to fit into the pan.

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Layer half of your leftover taco meat on top of the tortillas. Pour 1/3 of your enchilada sauce on top. Top with 1/3 of your cheese.

Repeat with the next layer, starting with tortillas.

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For the final layer. Start with tortillas. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on top. Pour remaining cheese on top.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake covered for 25 minutes. Uncover. Bake 5-10 minutes longer until cheese on top is completely melted and the edges of the casserole are bubbling.

Remove from oven. Turn off oven.

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This is how I served it up. Thank you Bridgette for this recipe! I love it!

Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Waste Not, Want Yes: Tacos and Taco Casserole

    • Aww. Thanks Kerri. I first had this a Bridgette’s house and was amazed at the yummy flavors. I love using up all of our leftovers. I hope you try it. Let me know what you think. You might have to double the taco recipe for your family to get enough for leftovers. I probably should put that in the recipe for families larger than four. : )

      Have a great night! And sweet dreams!

      Jenni

  1. Since my husband does the cooking I told him that I wanted to try this recipe. We both loved it, including my seven-year-old daughter. This one is a keeper!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Stacey

    • Thank you so much! And thank you for letting me know you tried it. My friend, Bridge will be very excited! I will let her know you liked her recipe. I have used it for years and it is such a great way to change leftovers.

      Thank you again! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

      Jenni

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