This is a family favorite recipe, I remember my mom making this often. In fact it when Mr.Picky ate this for the first time, became his favorite meal. I remember making this casserole for him on our 1 year anniversary, and packing the whole pan to the park to eat as a picnic.
It is an easy one dish meal that is quick to put together. This recipe works great to put together the night before, and put in the oven the next day. Plus who doesn’t want to use up the crumbs and crushed tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag?
- 4-5 cups crushed tortilla chips
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 15 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 package of taco seasoning or my taco seasoning mix:
- 1 Tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp dried minced onion
- 1/2 cup water
- 16 oz. container of sour cream, lite works fine
- 16 oz. container of cottage cheese, lite works fine
- 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar or mexican blend)
Start by browning up ground beef, once it is almost all brown add in onions, water, and seasonings. Allow to cook for a minute or two, and add in tomato sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes and set aside.
In a bowl combine sour cream and cottage cheese until well combined.
Grease a 9×13″ pan lightly, and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place a thinly layer of tortilla chips in the bottom (about half the chips).
Next spoon as evenly as you can half of the meat mixture.
On top of that spoon dollops of the white mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes until bubbling and starting to brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving, a bit of salsa goes great on top!
*Variations: sometime I will add a layer of corn or sliced olives just below the shredded cheese.