1/19/09

Welcome the New Neighbors with a Warm Casserole

Moving is something we've done quite a bit of in our 20 year marriage. We moved 10 times before we had been married 16 years. In the beginning it was in large metropolitan area's such as Los Angeles, Nashville, Tennessee and Minneapolis, Minnesota and coupled with the fact that we lived in rentals during that time (townhomes, apartments, houses) we were never welcomed by neighbors, but that wasn't suprising.

If you have new neighbors in your neighborhood please considering dropping in with a little notecard in which you've written your name and phone number with an offer for them to call with any questions they may have about your new town, as well as a plate of cookies or if you are really so inclined, a hot casserole on the first or second night in the house (along with paper plates and disposible utensils) is greatly appreciated!



Taco Casserole

10 taco shells, broken or 1 1/2 - 2 cups broken tortilla chips
1 lb. ground beef, cooked and drained or cooked, shredded chicken
1 pk. taco seasoning
1/2 c water
2 T dried minced onion
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 c sour cream
2 c grated cheese (cheddar or cheddar mixture)
1 lg. tomato (optional) cut in wedges
green olives and salsa

Break taco shells and place in the bottom of a greased casserole dish. Brown the ground beef or heat the chicken, add the taco seasoning, water, minced onion and tomato sauce. Heat for 5-10 minutes and layer on top of the chips. Top with 1 cup sour cream, layer cheese on top, garnish with tomato wedges and/or green or black olives if desired. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Serve with salsa.

*edited to add*
We had this last night to use up leftovers from taco's the night before. I used a mixture of taco flavored shredded chicken mixed with about 1/2 lb. taco meat. The mixture was so very, very good. Because it was already flavored I skipped the taco seasoning and instead, added about 1/2 bottle of homemade taco sauce and 1/2 c water. I would also suggest you can mix in 1 can of refried beans to the meat mixture. It would be delicious!
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