The Shady Porch: Cheesy Baked Frito Casserole

9.11.2013

Cheesy Baked Frito Casserole

This easy-to-make recipe is quick enough for a weeknight meal, and still perfect for those game-day gatherings, too. 
Around our house, anyway, a chili-type recipe just screams school-in-session/ football time of year. It can be easily adjusted to meet your family's mild-to-spicy preferences, too. 
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Ingredients:
1 lb ground sirloin (whatever you usually use i.e.-hamburger, chuck)
2 cans of beans -pinto or kidney (or one of each), drained
2 cans of Rotel - (you can make this as mild or spicy as you want by choosing Mild, Original or Hot Rotel)
1 envelope of taco seasoning
1 bg of shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 bag of regular Fritos
2 cups of fat free sour cream (use left over for garnish)
3/4 c. diced onions, optional
1 T. minced garlic, optional

Directions:
NOTE: This recipe does not make for good leftovers. When refrigerated the Fritos get soft and mushy. If you want to make less than I've shared here...use a 8x8 pan and cut the beans, and Rotel down to one can. I would only use about 1/2 of the bags of cheese and Fritos too. My recipe above will feed approx 8-10. Like I mentioned it's great for game day parties!
 
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Brown ground beef and onions. Drain, if necessary. Stir in the Rotel, taco seasoning, beans, and 1 cup of cheese.
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Line the bottom of a greased 9x13 casserole dish with a 1/2 bag of Fritos.  
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Cover Fritos with a layer of cheese, and then the meat mix.


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Spread a layer of sour cream over the meat mixture. Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
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Add another layer of remaining Fritos to casserole and cover with the remaining cheese. Bake until cheese has melted and slightly browned, about 5-10 minutes.

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When serving, garnish with diced tomatoes, diced green onions, sliced jalapenos and sour cream.
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Cheesy Baked Frito Casserole

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