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Healthy Taco Casserole Makeover

Taco Casserole

My heartfelt thanks goes out to Holly at Life In The Lofthouse for helping me out with today’s blog post while I am in Washington, DC for the United Nations Foundation Global Issues Fellowship & Shot@Life Champion Summit. I can’t wait to get home and try this recipe! There is no doubt in my mind that my “boys” will all love it! :-) Take it away Holly……..

Hi everyone! My name is Holly Lofthouse and I am the writer/recipe creator over at Life in the Lofthouse! I am super excited to be guest posting for Jill today. I am a huge fan of her and her amazing blog! What a talented, amazing lady she is. I had the privilege of hearing her speak at the Build Your Blog Conference in early February and was so inspired by her words. Her class was so encouraging, and it made me love her all the more!

So about my own blog, it is all things food. I’m a foodie nerd through and through, and I love it! I adore being in my kitchen cooking and baking. I’ve worked full time the last 7 years as a surgery scheduler AND I have 3 kids, so needless to say, my life is super busy. Plus, I blog. So besides being busy, I’m a little crazy, too. lol ;) No seriously, I love what I do and blogging is so much fun for me.

Holly
Holly

My blog started out as a way to give friends and family recipes, and before I knew it, I was earning money from it. My blog has become more than I ever dreamed it would be and I could not be happier. I actually just signed a contract with General Mills and will be Pillsbury’s newest Recipe Maker. You’ll see me and my recipes on their website in early April, so be sure to come check them out!

Taco Casserole

Today I’m sharing an easy and delicious Light Taco Casserole. This meal is totally yummy and family-friendly. My family loves this casserole! It’s a great dinner for those busy weeknights because it’s ready in under 30 minutes. It’s also on the lighter side. I love feeding my family healthy yet delicious recipes like this!

Light Taco Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 24 Tortilla Chips
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add in garlic, ground beef and taco seasoning. Cook and crumble beef until it’s browned. Stir in black beans and salsa. Cook another 5 minutes or until heated through.

In a 9×13 inch baking dish, spread the tortilla chips on the bottom. Gently press down on them to break into bite-size pieces. Pour cooked meat mixture evenly over the top. Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake, uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes before slicing. Top with favorite taco toppings (lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, etc)
and serve!

Serves 6-8

Taco Casserole

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And a big Thank You to Jill for having me over today ?

A healthy plate topped with black beans, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream.

LIGHT TACO CASSEROLE

Jill Nystul
My heartfelt thanks goes out to Holly at Life In The Lofthouse for helping me out with today’s blog post while I am in Washington, DC for the United Nations Foundation Global Issues Fellowship & Shot@Life Champion Summit. I can’t wait to get home and try this recipe! There is no doubt in my mind that my “boys” will all love it! :-) Take it away Holly……..
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Let Stand 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 243 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Tortilla Chips
  • 1/2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef extra-lean
  • 2 Tablespoons low-sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 ounce can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cup low-fat cheddar cheese shredded

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° degrees F.
  • In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add in garlic, ground beef, and taco seasoning.
  • Cook and crumble beef until it’s browned. Stir in black beans and salsa.
  •  Cook another 5 minutes or until heated through.
  • In a 9×13 inch baking dish, spread the tortilla chips on the bottom. Gently press down on them to break into bite-size pieces. 
  • Pour cooked meat mixture evenly over the top.
  • Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheddar cheese.
  •  Bake, uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven, and let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Top with favorite taco toppings (lettuce, sour cream, guacamole, etc) and serve!

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 15gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 469mgPotassium: 316mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 245IUVitamin C: 2.3mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 1.7mg

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  • Made this tonight using my own spices, ground turkey and blue flax tortilla chips. Will definitely make this again. Great comfort food!! Thank you for sharing! :-)

  • I don’t understand why you would put this in the oven when the meat has been fully cooked already, other than to melt the cheese?
    I also have my own business (my name is linked) with a great taco seasoning that I will try out with this recipe, no added gluten, msg, preservatives and anti-caking agents :)

  • Sounds great! This one is going on my “emergency dinners” list. You know the list–forgot to take something out of the freezer what can I make for dinner list. I always stock these items anyway. I don’t own a 13 x 9 pan so I think I’ll make it in my iron skillet. I’ll forgo the chips so I can just top it with cheese and pop the skillet in the oven to finish up. While its in the oven I’ll make some homemade corn tortillas.
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi Debi! I’m sorry about that. That’s just not something I usually include but I have a suggestions for you – the My Fitness Pal website has a neat feature that allows you to type in a recipe fairly quickly and it calculates the calories, fat, etc. for you. I hope that helps :-)

  • Yum! Every component is a favorite of ours. This is going to the printer so I remember to make this in the next week.

    Your conference sounds wonderful and intriguing! I hope you have time to see DC and the monuments at night. It is such a beautiful city. We live about 2 miles away in VA and are downtown frequently. It still takes my breath away! And the museums are FREE! That stunned me when I first moved here!

  • This does sound delicious! I don’t have many casserole recipes but will add this to my list of recipes to try.

    – Brenda

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