Taco Pasta Casserole

The comfort of a casserole meets my love for tacos. My recipe is way and economical. Can’t get much better than that. Most of the items used in this recipe you probably have in the pantry or refrigerator.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef

1 diced onion

Garlic salt and pepper to taste

1 package of taco seasoning mix

7-8 ounces Velveeta cheese

2 16 ounce jars of salsa or picante sauce, divided

1 pound box of seashell macaroni, cooked to package directions

2 or more cups of grated Monterey Jack and cheddar or your favorite cheese

Garnish (optional)

Sour cream

Pico de Gallo

Scallions

Olives

mmmm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown beef and onion. Season meat with garlic salt and pepper. Boil pasta while beef is cooking. Drain beef. Add taco seasoning packet, Velveeta cheese and a cup of salsa. Keep warm on stove. Drain pasta and add beef mixture. Stir to mix. Add salsa to the bottom of a 13 x 9 pan. Add additional salsa to beef and macaroni mixture so it is not dry. Pour beef and macaroni mixture in casserole dish. Generously cover top with grated cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly. Serve with refried beans and rice. Enjoy!

Tex Mex Corn Casserole 

I love a good corn spoon bread or corn casserole whatever you want to call it. I decided to put a spin on this side dish to spice it up a little and I also added bacon because everything is better with bacon. The bacon adds a smoky flavor and makes this dish delish!



Ingredients:

3 eggs, beaten

1 can of creamed corn, 14.75 ounce can

1 can of kernel corn, 15 ounce can, drained

3 or more pieces of bacon, crumbled

4 heaping Tablespoons of diced Jalapeños, I used the kind from the jar, feel free to use more

1 8 ounce container of sour cream

1 cup of Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated

1 box of Jiffy Corn Mix

1 stick of butter, melted and cooled, you don’t want to scramble your eggs


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray your baking dish (I used a 2 1/2 quart) with non-stick cooking spray. Dump all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir. Pour into your baking dish and bake for 50 minutes or until casserole is set. Not only is this great with turkey but also chicken, pork chops and meatloaf, etc. Enjoy!


This recipe was inspired by my Mom’s recipe that she cooked for our family when I was growing up.  She called her recipe Corn Soufflé.