|Easy Taco Bake - A Pinterest recipe test that turned into a winner|
You will need:
1 lb of cooked taco meat
8 oz Velveeta cheese
1/2 - 3/4 cup of your favorite salsa
3 large flour tortillas (8 in)
1 bag Mexican cheese blend
8 inch round pan or 8 inch spring form pan
The original recipe says to use a jar of salsa con queso, which you can do if you want. Sometimes that can be too spicy for my small fry (and I was too tired to run to the store) so I thought I'd make my own. Just take 8oz of Velveeta cheese cubed and put in a large sauce pot on medium heat.
|I had some Velveeta left over from my Mexican Cheese Soup recipe, so it was perfect|
|Adding your own salsa helps control your family's heat level of how spicy this dish gets|
|taco-y, creamy, cheesy goodness|
After that I just dumped in my left over taco meat. By the way anytime now that I cook regular tacos I will always add in an extra pound of meat and then save/freeze the extras for soups or new recipes such as this. Saves time in the long run.
A few more stirs and now you have the main filling for the taco bake
|Not super pretty, but we'll be covering it up with lots of melted cheese|
The next step is to get a spring form or bottom release 8-inch round pan. You can also use a regular 8 inch round pan, or I have even heard of people doubling the recipe and making a big 9x13 pan. It's up to you. Next we are going to make some layers. Spray the bottom of the pan with non-stick cooking spray and add one 8 inch tortilla
|My 8-year-old was very excited to help me with these layers.|
Now you want to sprinkle some Mexican blend cheeses on top of that
Repeat the process two more times until the layers come up to the top of the pan. Finished with the last sprinkle of cheese
|A tower of meat and cheese|
Next toss it into the oven and bake at 350º for 15-20 minutes until everything is melty and gooey.
Let it sit a few minutes and then you can cut pie slices right from the pan. Because I made it in the bottom release pan I could set the whole taco bake out on the cutting board for easier slicing.
|You can see the three layers nicely here|
|Can you smell it?|
So here is another tested Pinterest recipe that actually turned out great and we will now make it again and add it to our dinner rotation now and then. Oh, and the funny thing about this was it was March 14th yesterday, or 3.14, aka "Pi Day". I had been planning on making a pie for dessert to celebrate (for my nerdy hubby) and I realized only after that fact that I had also made dinner a "pie" of sorts as well. A taco pie. Pies for everyone!! A round of pies for my friends! Speaking of pie... this is what we had for dessert:
|Razzleberry pie with homemade vanilla ice cream! The perfect way to celebrate Pi day (3.14)|