We have served this recipe to hundreds of customers and friends. As a result we have received so many requests for the recipe we decided to offer it to the public. Impress your family and friends with this great Texas Brew Products original Tex-Mex dish.
Recipe by Eva Nestor Alcantar, RD, LD of Nutrition Aware & Brenda Craig, Texas Brew Products
2 cups Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipotle Salsa, Medium
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 medium onion finely chopped
3 cloves garlic chopped
1 pkg. of taco seasoning
¾ cup water
½ container (15oz) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese Blend
1 pkg. of crispy Chalupas/ taco shells / tortilla chips/ corn tortillas
½ cup can black beans (rinsed & drained)
¼ cup sliced black olives
2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Blend together Cheese Filling ingredients: beat the egg and mix in Ricotta Cheese, 2 oz. of the Texas Brew Salsa, ¼ cup shredded cheese blend, and 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese together in a medium bowl then set aside.
Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. After about 5 minutes of cooking the beef, add finely chopped onions, cilantro and garlic. Cook until beef is brown and onions are translucent, Stir in water, Taco Seasoning, rest of Texas Brew Honey Roasted Chipote Salsa, drained black beans, ¼ cup olives and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes stir well, also set aside.
Place the crispy Chalupas, taco shells, corn tortillas or chips in the bottom of a 9×13 inch casserole dish as the first layer.
Cover evenly with ½ of the meat sauce. Spread the cheese filling mixture over the evenly distributed meat sauce. Sprinkle ½ cup of shredded Mexican Cheese Blend over the cheese filling. Top this with more tortillas or crispy chips, add rest of meat sauce and sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of shredded cheese over the top. Sprinkle chopped green onions over the cheese (Optional).
Cover with foil. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and as needed bake until cheese has melted. Let the casserole stand for 5 minutes before cutting.
To serve, cut into squares and remove with a spatula. Garnish each serving with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, avocado/guacamole, salsa or sour cream as desired.
Suggestions: Serve with shredded lettuce sour cream, diced tomatoes, chopped green onions
guacamole or diced avocado, and salsa as desired.
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