Layered Mexican Casserole

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This Layered Mexican Casserole Recipe is the perfect family meal any day of the week. With layers of seasoned ground beef, refried beans, shredded cheese and crushed tortilla chips there is a little bit of everything to leave you feeling full and satisfied. The ground beef its flavor from taco seasonings, cumin and chili powder. You will need a nine by 13-inch casserole dish that you need to spray with cooking spray. You will then layer the ground beef with seasonings, the refried beans, shredded cheese, Spanish rice (use a Spanish rice mix for this), more shredded cheese and crumbled tortilla chips. This casserole recipe is a delicious idea the whole family will love.

Whenever you can, it is a good idea to buy grass fed beef or organic beef. While it may cost more than conventional cuts of beef, it is well worth it. When you are shopping for which ground beef to buy, you will come across several options from conventional, free range and organic ground beef. Certified organic beef must come from a fully verifiable production system, that collect information on the history of each animal in the program, this according to the USDA. All history, veterinary care, and feed on the animal must be kept track of. Also to be certified as organic, all of the cattle should be born and raised on certified organic pasture and receive antibiotics or any growth-promoting hormones. They must be fed only certified organic grains, with corn considered a grain and grasses plus the cow must have unrestricted outdoor access. Certified organic ground beef ensures that the meat comes from happy cows who were fed a healthy diet of organic grains and grasses, and able to have be raised outside in fresh air. Buying organic beef is something you can feel good about when eating the meat for yourself and for the animals. Have you tried grass fed beef or organic beef, and do you notice a difference in taste?

The tortilla chip first became a popular snack after Rebecca Webb Carranza was looking for a way to make use of the misshaped tortillas that were rejected from the tortilla-making machine she and her husband used at their Mexican tortilla factory and Deli in southwest Los Angeles. She found that by using the discarded tortilla pieces that were cut into triangles and fried were a popular snack. She sold the tortilla snack for a dime a bag at the El Zarape Tortilla Factory. In 1994, she received the Golden Tortilla award for her contribution to the Mexican food industry. Tortilla chips are a popular snack food that is made from corn tortillas, which are cut into wedges and then fried. The snack can also be baked. Corn tortillas are made with ingredients of corn, vegetable oil, water, and salt. This is just one of the easy ground beef casserole recipes you will find on the Just a Pinch recipe site. Other recipes you will find include appetizer recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner ideas, easy casseroles, dessert recipes and so much more. *

Nutrition Facts for: Layered Mexican Casserole From Just A Pinch
Ingredients: Ground beef, taco seasoning, cumin, chili powder, refried beans, Spanish rice mix, sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla chips.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings. * Per Serving * Calories 572, Calories from Fat 171, Total Fat 19.0g 29%, Saturated Fat 9.8g 49%, Cholesterol 97mg 32%, Sodium 623mg 26%, Potassium 706mg 20%, Carbohydrates 63.1g 21%, Dietary Fiber 9.9g 40%, Sugars 1.0g, Protein 37.4g, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 11%, Calcium 36%, Iron 82%

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