Monday, February 20, 2012

Mexican Anyone? Taco Bell copycat and Spanish Rice and Cheesy Chicken Casserole

I know I'm not the only one out there that loves Taco Bell tacos-taco supreme with no tomatoes is how I roll.

Here is a copycat recipe that I found somewhere and changed up a bit. Do try. It is tasty, and a little less greasy:)

1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup flour
1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup water, + more if needed

Mix beef, flour and spices in a bowl. Heat water over med heat and add meat mixture. Cook about 10 minutes breaking up the meat as it cooks. Mixture will be soft and shouldn't be chunky. I usually add another 1/2 water so the meat can sit for a little bit without drying up. Seve taco style or on a top of a taco salad.

Spanish Rice and Chicken Casserole - this is completely an original recipe I made up and think it is quite tasty! Hubby gave it good reviews and made sure I remembered what I did.

1 1/2 cups white rice
1 can chicken broth
1 small can tomato sauce
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp comino (can omit if you dont' have this)
1 tsp salt

Combine the above ingredients and cook according to rice package. Adjust the spices to your liking-I didn't measure, so this is a guess.

Remaining ingredients:
1 package chicken breasts cubed
1 small onion
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup grated velveeta cheese
1 cup cheddar

Brown chicken spiced with the same spices used in your rice-salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder- in a little oil until done.

Chop and saute small onion in 1 Tbs butter until soft.

After your rice is cooked stir in one can Rotel tomatoes and green chilis, 1 can cream of chicken soup, sauted onion, Velveeta cheese, and cooked chicken. Stir to combine and pour into baking dish. top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. If cheese browns too fast put a foil tent over it for the remaining cooking time.

Serve with hot flour or corn tortillas and dinner is served!

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