Beef and Green Chile Tortilla Dinner

A delightful beef tortilla dinner that can be personalized to suit your palette - perfect for Mexican cuisine!

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 20 min
  • Servings 12

Ingredients

2
pounds lean ground beef
2
large onions, chopped (2 cups)
1
envelope (1 1/4 ounces) reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
1/4
cup water
4
cans (4 ounces each) peeled whole mild green chiles
1
can (16 ounces) refried beans
1
jar (16 ounces) mild thick-and-chunky salsa
12
cups bite-size tortilla chips
2
bags (8 ounces each) shredded Mexican 4-cheese blend (4 cups)
  • 1 Cook beef and onion in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain. Return beef mixture to skillet; stir in taco seasoning mix and water.
  • 2 Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Cut chiles in half; remove seeds. Arrange half of the chiles evenly over bottom of cooker. Spoon in beef mixture. Spoon refried beans over beef in an even layer. Top with remaining chiles. Pour salsa over all.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until bubbling. For each serving, place about 1 cup tortilla chips on plate, spoon ground beef mixture over chips and top with about 1/3 cup of the cheese. Ground beef mixture will hold on low heat setting up to 2 hours. Stir occasionally.

Expert Tips

Capsaicin, which is concentrated mainly in the seeds and veins, causes the "heat" in chiles. Removing the seeds of the chiles helps reduce the spiciness of this slow-cooked casserole.

Let everyone "personalize" their serving of this delightful Mexican dish by providing small bowls filled with toppings such as tomatoes, sour cream, Cheddar cheese and ripe olives.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
540
(
Calories from Fat
295),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
33g
33%
(Saturated Fat
13g,
13%
),
Cholesterol
95mg
95%;
Sodium
970mg
970%;
Total Carbohydrate
31g
31%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
),
Protein
36g
36%
;
% Daily Value*:
Iron
24%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.