Meg Makes: Taco casserole hits all the right comfort-food notes

Meg Makes: Taco casserole hits all the right comfort-food notes

Comfort-food season is near, and I have the perfect candidate for your next cozy dinner: taco casserole.

My husband and I recently moved across town, and my mother-in-law baked this for us to enjoy amid the chaos.

And enjoy it we did — it's hearty and tastes great. The leftovers hold up well. Plus, when mother-in-law Mary sent me the recipe, I was surprised to find it so simple.

It's versatile, too, because you can add your own toppings.


1 pound ground beef

1 16-ounce jar salsa

1 teaspoon chili powder

½ cup mayonnaise

2 cups crushed tortilla chips, divided

2 cups shredded cheese of your choice, divided

Brown beef and drain. Add salsa, mayonnaise and chili powder. Simmer about five minutes.

Heat oven to 350 degrees, and spray your favorite casserole dish nonstick cooking spray.

Add half your meat, then layer on half your tortilla chips and half your cheese. Repeat layers, ending with your chips on top. Bake for about 25 minutes, and top with sour cream or your other favorite toppings.

Meg Dickinson is a local communications professional who spends many of her waking hours daydreaming about food. To submit a recipe, email

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