We like tacos around here. However, the assemble your own variety can get old. I like this every once in a while. I have stopped using taco seasoning mix altogether. I have found you can get the same great taste without all that unnecessary sodium and preservatives. I always use this meat mixture now instead of the packet. It's much healthier and super easy.
Beef Taco Casserole
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 (14.5 ounce) can or box of diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (I like Rotel)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
8 ounces shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
1 (18 ounce) package corn tortilla chips, lightly crushed
Sour Cream to garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and drain fat.
Add the diced tomatoes with green chile peppers and spices. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until beef is cooked through and no pink remains.
In the bottom of a 9 x 13" baking dish, place a layer of tortilla chips. Cover with a layer of the meat mixture then a layer of cheese. Repeat this process two more times, ending with cheese on top.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20-30 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.
Garnish with sour cream and serve on a bed of lettuce (if you like).