Using easy-to-find store bought ingredients and needing very little prep, this tasty Mexican dinner is a winner! And while it’s absolutely delicious as-is, you also enhance it with your favorite toppings, including tomatoes, scallions, chips, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, and olives!
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 1/4 lb. ground beef (see note)
- 2 cups salsa
- 1 16-oz. can beans, drained
- 4 cups tortilla chips, crushed
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (see note)
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat a 9×13-inch pan or 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
- Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beef and, using a spatula, press the beef into an even, flat layer in the pan. Let cook untouched for 4 minutes.
- Stir the beef, breaking it up, and continue cooking until the meat is cooked through, about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the salsa and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is cooked off, about 20 minutes.
- Add the beans and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
- Add the tortilla chips to the prepared pan or baking dish. Top with the beef mixture and cheese.
- Bake until heated through, about 20 minutes.
Note: For the beef, I like to use 85% lean, but whatever you like will work for this recipe. You can even use ground pork, chicken, or turkey. And for the cheese, I like a Mexican cheese blend, but really any kind of shredded cheese will work.