Super Nacho Dip

The Super Bowl is this weekend and it's always a scramble to figure out what to make because let's be honest I am all about the halftime show, the commercials and the food.  This year we are hosting our neighbors and friends so I am currently thinking about appetizers, dips and desserts.  Everyone loves Mexican food so this Mexican casserole can easily be shared as an appetizer as well.  

It's a go to recipe in our kitchen and it's easy, meaning you dump in layers.  You know I love that, because it's harder to screw up!  It's delicious with chips, add a side of sour cream, salsa or guacamole and you have yourself a delicious treat for the big game.

Ingredients --

1 8 oz Bag of Taco Blend Cheese 
1 small bottle of mild taco sauce (Taco Bell is the only brand I can find that has the smaller bottle)
1 can diced green chiles
1 can Traditional refried beans
1 packet taco seasoning
1 lb. ground beef (I use ground turkey)

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and then brown your ground meat and chop until finely ground.  After its cooked, I like to rinse it to get out the excess grease and then add the taco seasoning packet and add water according to the package specifications.  Then cook through.

While your meat is cooking, you can add the refried beans to the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.  Spread the refried beans into a thin bottom layer.

Add your seasoned ground meat on top of the refried bean layer and then sprinkle the green chiles over top of the ground beef to make a 3rd layer.  Then, pour the entire bag of shredded cheese on top to make an even 4th layer.  

Finally, evenly pour the taco sauce over the top.  The oven should be pre-heated and its ready to cook.  Since, everything is cooked through, you really are just warming it all up.  You will cook the dish at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. You know when its done if its bubbling on the sides.  

Take it out and allow to set for a few minutes.  Then you can dish it on to a plate and serve with taco chips or you can spoon into tortillas with lettuce and toppings if you wish.  

It makes a great casserole for a quick week night dinner or a great dip to take with you to a party with your friends.  It can be made ahead and stored in the fridge until you are ready to make it and it makes great leftovers.  You all know we live on leftovers for lunches during the week so I often make this early in the week.  Don't forget the guacamole, sour cream, jalepenos and salsa for fun sides!

Are you having a Super Bowl party this weekend?  When I invited my neighbors over, I literally said the party goes until after half time.  They all replied of course, there's school the next day ;).  Family party planning at its finest folks.

I will be back on Wednesday to share my recap of the month and Friday I will be dishing on what I am serving and planning for our Super Bowl party.  Spoiler alert, the food will be the star and paper products will be used :).  #keepitreal

Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled, intentional life.  #tribekoko

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