Frito Casserole

I’ve always felt that most of the Frito casserole recipes lacked something. Not enough seasonings or ingredients or just too much pre-processed off the counter stuff. Yeah, I know the main ingredient is Fritos, but still, you could cook your own beans, make your own salsa, season your own ground beef taco filling. You get my drift.

Here’s a rough outline to modify as you like.

Ingredients:

1 lb ground beef

1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped

1 1/2 tsp minced garlic

1 envelope of taco seasoning

1 small can Ortega green chilis

1 small can sliced black olives

1 small can Green Giant MexiCorn, drained

1 can of beans drained -pinto, kidney or whatever you like, you can mix them

1 cup from jar of mild salsa

1 bag of shredded Mexican blend cheese

1 bag of regular Fritos

Shredded lettuce (optional)

1 cup sour cream (optional)

Brown beef in skillet, drain if necessary, add taco seasoning and follow directions on package. If you don’t have taco seasoning, you can add oregano, cumin and chili powder to taste.

Add a little olive oil to a skillet, brown onions and add garlic, then add ground beef and stir to mix, then green chilis and olives and stir to mix.

Combine drained corn, drained beans and salsa

Layer fritos, meat mixture, bean/corn mixture, cheese and continue layering topping with fritos and cheese.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes or until hot and bubbling and top layer of cheese is melted.

Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce and top with sour cream if desired. Sides can include refried beans and rice and a green salad or you can just eat the casserole.

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