Thursday, December 1, 2011

Burrito Casserole

This dish is simple quick and sure to please everyone. My family never complains when we have this. I like it because it can be prepared quickly. The "baking" process is done in the microwave! How easy is that? Another good thing about this one is you only need minimal sides. I usually have tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded lettuce. Guacamole is also a nice touch. Cooking time is only 10 to 12 minutes, which is a big plus!

6  large flour tortillas
1  lb. ground beef
1  medium onion, chopped
1  clove garlic, minced
1  tsp. salt
1/4  to 1/2 tsp pepper
1  Tbsp. chili powder
1  8 oz. can tomato sauce
1  small can chopped green chili peppers
1  can refried beans
2  cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/2  cup water

Brown meat; add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are tender. Drain.
Add salt, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce and green chili peppers. Stir well.
In a 2 quart casserole dish layer three tortillas, half the meat, half the cheese, all of the refried beans.
Repeat, topping with cheese. I am usually generous with the cheese (isn't everyone?)
Pour the 1/2 cup of water around the edge of the dish along the sides.
Cover and microwave on high for 10 to 12 minutes until heated throughout.
Let stand  5 to 10 minutes.
Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream and tortilla chips.

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