Sometimes you revisit a recipe after not making it for years and you wonder why it fell out of your rotation. Case in point: Layered Taco Bake. Or Taco Pie. Or Taco Lasagna. Whatever you want to call it, this is one of the simplest recipes you could prepare when you get a craving for tacos but don’t want to fuss with assembling them (and, if you are like me, overstuffing them and having half the filling falling out on the plate 😉 )
This recipe came back to me as I pondered a recipe for my boys’ virtual cooking club for tacos. I figured why not do something a little different, remembering this recipe that I used to make regularly years ago. I couldn’t find my original recipe but took stock of the ingredients I had on hand and realised these are a perfect recipe to make when you are cooking mostly from your pantry, fridge and freezer. Indeed, the only ingredients I needed to get were the tortillas.
And was it as good as I remembered?
Yes! So good I made a little video about it (actually I made a version for my students but figured it was useful to share here too!).
This is a great recipe to prepare in advance – uses only one baking dish and one pan so it’s easy on the cleanup too. By the time it’s cooked, your kitchen will be clean.
I can’t wait to make this with my students next week. I may even have to make it again, just to check how good it tastes 😉 It’s also going on the Rotary Virtual Cooking Club list and I can’t wait to hear how everyone interprets this recipe and makes it their own!
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion (approx. 200g), chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1lb ground beef
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons cumin powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 x 650ml jar salsa
1 cup (approx 1/2 540mL can) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup corn kernels (canned or frozen)
6 7-inch soft tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese (approx. 150g)
Approx. 3 green onions, roughly sliced
- Pre-heat broiler to 375˚F.
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes until the onions are starting to soften and the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the ground beef and cook over medium heat, gently breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula until the meat is browned.
- Add the spice mix then mix through the meat.
- Add 2 cups of the salsa and mix through.
- Add the corn, then the black beans and mix to combine into the meat.
- Prepare your baking dish by spreading approx 1 tablespoon of the salsa that's left on the bottom of a deep baking dish that's approx 23 cm (9-inches) in diameter.
- Place one tortilla on the bottom of the dish.
- Cover the tortilla with some of the meat mixture (don't let it go over the edges of the tortilla). Sprinkle cheese over the top of the meat.
- Continue to layer your tortillas, meat and cheese until you place the final tortilla on top.
- Spread the remaining salsa on top, then sprinkle remaining cheese over the salsa.
- Broil for approx 15-20 minutes until cheese is melted and browned slightly on top.
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
- Top with sliced green onions.
What about you – is there a recipe that you have recently re-discovered?
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