Taco Casserole (Healthy)
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Recipe type: Casserole
Cuisine: Mexican
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Serves: 6
 
An easy Mexican casserole loaded with the goodness of veggies!
Ingredients
  • ½ lb lean ground beef
  • 1 (3.8 oz) can sliced California ripe olives, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-large onion, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 6 oz kale, rinsed, tough center ribs removed, and chopped
  • ¾ cup water, divided
  • 3-4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5) oz canned diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 (5 inch) corn tortillas
  • SALSA
  • ¼ cup sliced California ripe olives (reserved from the 3.8 oz can)
  • ½ cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ small onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 pinch black pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray a 8 x 8 square pan with PAM.
  3. Brown the meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes.
  4. Drain the meat and set aside
  5. Rinse and drain the olives, then measure out ¼ cup and set aside.
  6. Wipe out the skillet that the meat was cooked in and add the olive oil.
  7. Heat the skillet over medium heat, and add the onion and bell pepper.
  8. Cook until the veggies start to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. Turn heat up to medium-high and then add the kale and ¼ cup water; cover the skillet and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  10. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  11. Stir in the remaining ½ cup water, olives (except the reserved ¼ cup), canned tomato, tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and black pepper.
  12. Turn heat down to medium and cook until the liquid is mostly evaporated, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  13. To assemble the casserole, spread about ½ cup of the meat/veggie mixture in the bottom of the prepared dish.
  14. Cut corn tortillas into strips and layer over the meat/veggie mixture.
  15. Spread ⅓ of the remaining meat/veggie mixture on top of the tortillas, and sprinkle ⅓ of the cheese onto the meat/veggie mixture.
  16. Place the 2nd layer of corn tortilla strips on top and repeat with the meat/veggie mixture and the cheese.
  17. Place the 3rd layer of corn tortillas strips on top and repeat with the last of the meat/veggie mixture and the cheese.
  18. Bake until the cheese on top is melted and starting to brown, about 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.
  19. Combine all ingredients for the Olive Salsa.
  20. Serve casserole with a dollop of sour cream and salsa.
Recipe by A Muse in My Kitchen at http://amuseinmykitchen.com/2013/01/26/taco-casserole-healthy/