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Taco Casserole

An authentic take on tacos, combining well-known flavors and textures into a hearty dish intended for large groups, buffets, and potlucks.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: buffet, casserole, potluck, taco
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Pork chorizo raw, mild
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 12.5oz can Black beans drained, rinsed
  • 1 12.5oz can Corn, whole kernel drained
  • 2 cans Green chiles, diced drained
  • 2 cans Tomatoes, petite diced drained
  • 2 cups Cilantro, fresh chopped
  • 6 cups Mexican cheese blend, finely shredded
  • 12 each Tortillas, 8" flour or corn
  • Sour cream for topping (optional)
  • Mexican cheese blend, finely shredded for topping (optional)
  • Salsa for topping (optional)

Instructions

  • In a high-wall skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo and onion for about 15 minutes, until the meat has crumbled completely. (With good chorizo, it will not change color.) Place a stack of paper towel or a lint-free cloth on a plate. Transfer the cooked meat to the plate and allow the oil to drain.
  • In a high-wall skillet over medium heat, cook the chorizo and onion for about 15 minutes, until the meat has crumbled completely. (With good chorizo, it will not change color.) Place a stack of paper towel or a lint-free cloth on a plate. Transfer the cooked meat to the plate and allow the oil to drain.
  • Dump the two cans of refried beans into a sauce pan, stirring occasionally, and heat just until smooth. Remove from the heat. (This allows for the refried beans to be used more easily in the next step.)
  • Use lard or vegetable shortening (lard is preferable) to grease two 13″ x 9″ x 2″ glass casserole dishes. Lay two tortillas in each one. On the tortillas in each dish, spread one-quarter of the refried beans, followed by one-quarter of the meat mixture, one-quarter of the cilantro, and one cup of the shredded cheese. Top each with two more tortillas, and then build a second layer identical to the first. Top with the remaining tortillas and one more cup of cheese each.
  • Cover each dish with aluminum foil, being sure to “tent” the foil upward in the middle so it isn’t contacting the top layer of cheese.
  • Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Let set for 5 minutes before serving. Top each serving with sour cream, more shredded cheese, salsa, or other optional toppings.

Notes

  • Play around with the ingredients. Increase or decrease the seasonings to taste, use hot chorizo if you’d like, or even top each serving with a fried egg. The possibilities are endless.
  • Replacing the chorizo with cubes of slow-cooked beef tongue seasoned with taco seasoning would make for another authentic version, as would using pulled pork or chunks of slow-cooked pork belly seasoned in the same manner.
  • This makes a lot of Taco Casserole. You can also do the assembly in the same size foil casserole pans, cover with foil, then freeze immediately to cook at a later date.

Suitable For

Antibiotic Free
Non-GMO
Organic
Vegan

Caution

Hot Plate

Contains
May Contain

Alpha-Gal
Cereal
Corn
Gluten
Milk
Mold
MSG
Nightshade
Trans Fats