Okay, today’s post starts with two apologies.
1. For some reason Recipe Party Week 1 was not showing up for most of you on my blog! Please catch up and add a recipe if you did one. You can find it here.
2. This post is a little late in the day but I have been helping at my sister’s house the last couple of days (she just had a baby), so blogging hasn’t been top of the to-do list.
I’ll admit that this week’s recipe didn’t look all that appealing to me. My sister actually made it several weeks ago and froze it so that she could just pop it in the oven after having the baby. It went back for seconds as it turned out being much tastier than I thought it would! We will probably make this again.
This casserole is surprisingly very good and it was a hit with my nieces and nephew, including my 14-month. old.
Here are the ingredients:
1lb ground beef
1 small onion (diced)
1 garlic clove (minced)
1 small can black olives (sliced)
1 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix
1 (16 ounce) bag frozen corn
1 (4 ounce) can green chilies (diced and drained)
1 (12 ounce) can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 (16 ounce) bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
1 (16 ounce) package frozen tater tots
1 (10.5 ounce fluid ounce) can enchilada sauce
optional: 1 small tomato (diced)
optional: chopped romaine lettuce
Preheat your oven to 375 and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
Cook your ground beef, onions, and garlic in a skillet on medium high heat until meat is browned and onions are translucent.
Add frozen corn, taco seasoning mix, green chiles, and black beans and cook until heated through.
In a large bowl, combine the mixture with your tater tots and 3/4 of the cheese.
Pour 1/3 can of enchilada sauce into your baking dish and then pour in your mixture, patting it down to make an even surface. Pour the remaining enchilada sauce onto the top of your casserole and throw it in the oven for 40 minutes and top with the remaining cheese for the last 5-10 minutes.
Top with olives, cilantro and diced tomatoes.
***At our house, we like to put a nice layer of crisp romaine lettuce on our plate and then put the casserole on top. It turns the dish into a fun salad and adds a perfect crunchy texture to it. We also like to top with sour cream and salsa.
ENJOY! This dish is so yummy and it’s such an easy meal to take to a neighbor or friend.