So, I posted a picture of my taco bake on Facebook, as well as a Facebook group I'm in, and people went crazy over it! I had said my husband requests this all the time and how I had plenty of leftovers for his lunch tomorrow and the next day. My favorite thing about this recipe is how cheap, but oh so good it is! So, here is our taco bake recipe! (You're going to be shocked how simple it is)
Normally when I do recipe posts I do it step by step with the picture tutorial in between each step. I think you will be better off with receiving the full recipe and steps, and then pictures so that is how this post will be laid out! Next to each item is the price, but I purchased some from the Commissary. If you don't have military base access the price may vary, but all can be found at your local grocery store.
serves 4 , prep time 5 minutes, cook time ~30 minutes
1 lb. of ground beef - $2
1 can of cheddar cheese soup- $1.36
1/2 cup of milk- ~$2.50 for gallon
1 package of taco seasoning- .67
chili cheese fritos-$2.80 (use half of the bag)
Total: less than $10
1. Brown your ground beef, drain, and add in the taco seasoning (and 3/4 water or whatever amount your taco seasoning requires)
2. Cover the bottom of a 9x9 pan with chili cheese Fritos and top with the ground beef.
3. Combine cheddar cheese soup and milk into a saucepan and stir until it is smooth and melted down.
4. Pour this mixture over the beef and top with mozzarella as the final layer.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until the top layer of cheese begins to bubble.
6. Allow to cool for a little bit and serve. Refrigerate leftovers.
A few questions I was asked...
Do the chips get soggy? Surprisingly no! When you bake them they get a little more hard and are the perfect texture. As I stated that it is great for leftovers, I have noticed when reheating in the microwave they do get a tad softer, but not soggy!
What is the white? In the picture below, I used mozzarella cheese. Above, I had made it with a mexican blend cheese. I say use whatever cheese you want, both are just as delicious!
How much cheese do I put on it? For the cheese, I put no measurements because I just go with what I'm in the mood for! Sometimes I will just lightly sprinkle the cheese over and other times I like to put more of a layer of it. If you want it more cheesy, then add more! The cheddar cheese soup adds a great amount of cheesiness to it, so if you don't want it too cheesy, I would just put a little bit on.
And there you have it! I'm serious when I tell y'all, this recipe is so delicious and your family will fall in love! J asks for this all the time and I am so surprised, because I really thought he wouldn't like it the first time I made it! If you want to spice things up, you can add some drained pinto beans and make it more of a 'frito pie' or top it with lettuce after it is done baking! I love how much you can transform it and customize it to your liking. Please tell me if you try out this recipe, I'd love to know how you like it!
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