Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Taco Bake

Sometimes, you just have to grit your teeth and make something you know the kids will like and eat, but is so far from your "perfect" dinner, it's not even funny. This was a quick dinner and very simple... and the most surprising thing was it wasn't half bad. I found myself enjoying as well as my husband and kids. Good ole' saved the night again.

1 pkg. (14 oz.) Deluxe Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) Taco Seasoning Mix
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup Sour Cream
1-1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese, divided
1 cup Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
PREHEAT oven to 400°F. Prepare Dinner as directed on package. While Macaroni is cooking, brown meat; drain. Add taco seasoning mix and water to meat; simmer 5 min.
STIR sour cream into prepared Dinner. Spoon half of the Dinner mixture into 8-inch square or 9-inch round baking dish; top with layers of the meat mixture, 1 cup of the cheese and remaining Dinner mixture. Cover.
BAKE 15 min. Top with salsa and remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 5 min. or until cheese is melted.

I used a hot & spice taco seasoning packet and it gave it a real kick! My husband loved it, but it was a little spicy for the kids.

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