Pantry shelf recipes save the day. Here’s a southwest version of everyone’s “what’s for dinner tonight?” casserole.  Also great when it’s your turn to bring a main for the after-the-game playoff party.  Filled with good and healthy flavors, then topped with layers of crunch and cheese, this one is always a hit.

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef or turkey
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 2 cups of salsa—your choice of heat
  • 16 oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 oz can corn, drained
  • Tortilla chips, about ½ bag lightly crushed—or broken up taco shells
  • 2-3 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Cilantro, lime juice and chopped jalapenos to taste

Sauté the meat in a little olive oil until browned and thoroughly cooked—crumble as it cooks.  Add the taco seasoning and a little water—stir until it simmers.  Add the salsa, beans and corn—and cilantro, lime juice and chopped jalapenos if using.  Heat until simmering and well combined.  Oil a 13” X 9” baking pan—line the bottom with a layer of tortilla chips.  Spread meat mixture evenly over the chips.  Add 1-1 ½ cups of cheese, then another layer of crushed chips.  Top with the rest of the cheese.  Bake in a pre-heated 375’ oven for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and runny, and chips have lightly browned.  Serve with any or all—sour cream, guacamole, chopped scallions and jalapenos, hot sauce, chopped cilantro, lettuce and tomatoes.

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