~Light~ Taco Casserole

     This Taco Casserole turned out SO GREAT! We absolutely loved it. Well as in, Kelsey and I. Emma won't eat anything lately unless sugar is the main ingredient. UGH! I always get a little bummed when I make a dinner that turns out this delicious because Kale isnt here to enjoy it with us. With him working nights, it makes it tough. I think that a family sitting together around the dinner table, eating and conversating is one of the greatest joys in life. That's why I cherish our weekends together so much!
    Okay, back to the recipe. Not only is it delish, but really simple. Score!

~Light~ Taco Casserole 
   (8 servings)
  • 24 Tortilla Chips
  • 1/2 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 small Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 pound extra-lean Ground Beef  OR  Ground Chicken
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium Taco Seasoning
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chunky Salsa
  • 1 cup low-fat Cheddar Cheese or Mozzarella, shredded

*Toppings:   fat-free or light sour cream, shredded lettuce, guacamole, salsa, etc

DIRECTIONS:   Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until onion softens. Add in garlic, meat and taco seasoning. Stir and cook until meat is browned. Stir in black beans and salsa. Cook another 5 minutes or until heated through.

In a 9x13 baking dish, lay tortilla chips on the bottom. Gently press down on them to break them into bite-size pieces. Pour cooked meat mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Top with favorite toppings!


Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

Mmmmm! Yum! You know I love me some Mexican too!!!

Liz said...

This looks great! I may give this one a try, thanks!

Kay Heritage said...

What great quick week night meal, Holly!!!

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

Thank you for choosing a Lighter dish to share!

YUM! Perfect!

Aimee said...

Looks like a perfect easy dinner. Yum!

Brandie said...

This does sound good Holly! You had me at he word casserole...LOL. I know how the opposite work shift rotation goes! Lots of times Gene & I are high-fiving each other as he walks in the door and I walk out.
I know you are really looking forward to your anniversary vacation!!

Mandy said...

Looks great! Usually when you see the word "light" in a dish title, it deters me, but this looks so good, I need to make it!

Nicole@HeatOvento350 said...

I agree - meals together as a family are really underrated. They're so fun!

This looks like a perfect dinner! I love that it's healthy, too.

Amanda- Eating in Winnipeg said...

oh this looks wonderful! i am totally going to try it and do a little repost! thanks for sharing!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! I love that it's light :)

carolinaheartstrings said...

I make one very similar to this. My family loves it. Thanks for sharing yours. Your pictures are just great.

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Lindsey R said...

I love the idea of using tortilla chips at the bottom! Gonna try this one for sure!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

That looks like a great dinner. We're huge fans of mexican food here,too. I agree with you that having family dinners together is awesome. I guess it is hard since it is an imperfect universe so sometimes we work different shifts, work late etc.. Anyway, thanks for the great recipe.

Deborah said...

Definitely score because it's healthy - it's not often that you can have healthy Mexican! Looks like a perfect meal for Cinco de Mayo!

We Are Not Martha said...

This looks delicious! And I'm pretty sure my fiance would go crazy over it too! But by the time I got done eating 5 lbs. of it, it wouldn't be light anymore :)


sliceofsouthern said...

Yum! Yum! a wonderful quick dish..right up my alley! Thanks!

Maritez said...

Chips for dinner?! Yep, My boys would love this!