Basic Beef Casserole

beef casseroleWant something easy to throw together after a long day of work/school?  Try making this basic beef casserole.

Yield: 5-6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup bell pepper, diced
dash of salt
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom
1 10 3/4 oz. can cream of chicken
1 10 oz. can mild rotel tomatoes, drained
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
10 corn tortillas
Optional toppings – sliced jalapenos, sliced black olives, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes

beef casseroleDIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the beef and onions. When meat has almost cooked all the way add the bell pepper and sprinkle with a dash of salt. When the meat is brown and thoroughly cooked drain the grease from the pan.

Heat a medium size sauce pan over low/medium heat. Add the cream of mushroom, cream of chicken, rotel tomatoes, garlic powder and chili powder. Stir and cook until the mixture is warm and then turn off the heat.

beef casseroleTear each tortilla into pieces and dip each piece into the sauce mixture. (Does not have to be well coated in the mixture or you will use it all up and won’t have enough for the dish) Place the tortillas down in a large casserole dish. Then top with half of the meat mixture and then half of the sauce. Sprinkle 2 cups of the cheese over the sauce and then repeat the layers finishing with the rest of the cheese.  Bake in oven for 20 t0 30 minutes – until cheese is melted and crispy on the edges.  Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Add optional toppings and serve!

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