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I have been making this particular recipe for years and it was always a favorite of my children when they were small. You have to be mindful of the sodium level in this recipe (it can become too salty) so be sure to use taco seasoning that is low sodium or no sodium at all. Better yet, make your own taco seasoning so that you can control exactly what you are adding.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and onion. When meat is browned and onions softened, drain off any excess fat. Add the taco seasoning, water and tomato sauce. Simmer on low for 10 minutes.
In a lightly greased 11×7 inch casserole dish place 5 taco shells that you have broken up into pieces. Spoon half of the meat mixture over the shells and sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese over the top of that.
Break up the remaining 5 shells and place them over the top, then top that with remaining beef mixture and the last cup of cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 F for approximately 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and the casserole is hot all the way through.
Serves 4 to 6.
Now, I am not a casserole kinda gal, but when confronted with a plethora of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I will bow to the gods of one-dish meals. I did some research from famous chefs and their versions of tetrazzini and got a good idea of where I needed to focus. Then I raided the refrigerator. My goal was to not have to purchase anything to make this meal, yet make it extremely tasty. This is the outcome.
I love couscous and could eat it in some variation nearly every day. Not everyone in my household feels this way (I won’t mention the “he” who shall be nameless). In an effort to make couscous a little bit “tastier” to some folks, I thought this quick and easy casserole might hit the spot. This would be a great side dish to any meal or if you are going meatless eat this all by itself!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!