This is so simple, so quick, and so kid friendly. It's a recipe my mother has been making for years. My brother and I loved it as kids and now my kids love it. My mother always served it with onions and salsa (only). But, we like to add all the fixins'. It's easily doubled too!
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Taco Chip Casserole
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups Mexican flavored shredded cheese
Nacho chips or tortilla chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease an 8 x 8 pan, set aside.
Brown ground beef, drain. Add taco seasoning and water according to package directions.
In a medium bowl mix refried beans, tomato sauce, and 1 cup of shredded cheese until combined.
Crush chips and add to cover the bottom of pan. I usually reserve some and add them (whole-not crushed) to my plate before serving.
Layer bean mixture on top of crushed chips, spread to cover.
Layer taco meat on top of bean mixture, spread to cover.
Sprinkle 1/2 cup of shredded cheese on top of taco meat.
Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes.
Garnish with more chips, lettuce, black olives, shredded cheese, sour cream, and/or salsa.