Mexicali Hashbrown Taco Casserole

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This cheesy Mexicali hashbrown taco casserole recipe will switch up your taco nights with a one-dish meal and become a favourite of your family’s. This easy meal consists of ground beef, sweet bell peppers, taco seasoning and plenty of cheese that are layered into a dish and baked until hot throughout and bubbling on top. The secret to what makes this taco casserole recipe different from other versions you may have tried is that it includes hash browns on the top, which gives it a crispy texture. This easy dinner recipe comes from the recipe developer at the Bake At Midnite recipe blog, and she always guarantees a tasty meal that is easy to prepare but uses fresh ingredients. If you feel the need to enjoy tacos on a cooler night, this taco casserole will be a delicious, heartwarming meal.

Judith chose to use taco seasoning in her baked taco recipe, which can be located at grocery stores and consist of a blend of different spices, including cumin and chilli powder. The one issue with taco seasoning is that is can have a lot of sodium in it, and so, if you are on a salt-restricted diet, you may not want to use it. Don’t worry, though, since you can still make this casserole recipe. Rather than using store-bought taco seasoning, simply blend spices from your cupboard together, like chilli powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. You can season the dish with salt to your taste. If you make a large batch of this spice blend, you can place it in a tight-lidded container and store in your cupboard until ready to use for other dishes.

Casserole recipes are incredibly popular because they are a mixture of everything you need for a single meal but in one dish. While this ground beef casserole recipe is heavy on meat and cheese, it is balanced out by plenty of veggies, like corn and red and green bell peppers. Feel free to add in other veggies, too, like spinach or kale, to add more vibrant green colour to the dish. Once you are ready to serve this meal, you can garnish with some fresh sliced avocado and cilantro if desired. Easy ground beef casserole recipes always start by browning the meat in a skillet and draining the fat, which can add time to your dinner prep. No matter how easy the recipe is, sometimes you don’t have time to do simple steps. To make meal prep easier through the week, you can pre-cook large batches of ground meat, cool it down, divide it among freezer bags, date the bags and place them in the freezer until ready to use. The ground beef will be there when you need it for the future. Just remove from the freezer and thaw the meat before adding into your cooking recipes.

Whether you have a hankering for the tastes of taco spices or simply need a meal that is fast to pull together and the kids will enjoy, this dish is a perfect choice. This meal is completely customizable in that you can choose extra items you want to add to it. It is an excellent place to add leftover cooked vegetables or fresh produce you have sitting in the crisper that are about to go bad, whether they are fresh herbs like parsley, cilantro or chives, or other vegetables like mushrooms, celery or fresh tomatoes. You could even grate in some vegetables like zucchini or carrot to blindside picky eaters. Thank you to Judith, the author of Bake At Midnite recipe blog, for sharing her Mexicali hashbrown taco casserole recipe with us.

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