Ok, this is not much like real chilaquiles at all but, the idea of taking crispy tortillas and other leftovers to make another dish is the same. The end result was a really tasty meal that comes together in a flash and we would make again in a second. The flavor is of course a bit like tacos, also a little like a loaded nacho. I particularly liked the way broken shells at the top crisped up a bit to make a topping with the melted cheese.
This dish is best if made at least the day before so the taco shells have time to soften and absorb some of the salsa. Put it together after a taco dinner and keep in the fridge to have later in the week.
5 hard corn taco shells, broken up
1/2 lb cooked ground beef with taco seasoning
1/2 onion, diced
1 8oz jar salsa
other taco toppings you may have leftover like diced tomatoes, we added 1/2 a diced red pepper
Mix the taco shells, ground beef, onion, salsa and any other addition you wish together in a 6" x 8" baking dish. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Cover the top of the hotdish with grated cheese. Bake for 30 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly and everything is heated through. Serve topped with sour cream & hot sauce as desired.
Makes 4 servings.
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