If you are itching to make use of some ground beef but want to get away from the usual hamburger or beef taco meals, this Southwest Beef & Mac Casserole is a nice alternative. It gives you the cheese-loaded flavors of the Southwest in about an hour (about half an hour of prepping and cooking and half an hour of baking).
I like to grab a batch of ground beef when I see some on special (yes, it still happens, though you really have to look out for it), but there are only so many burgers and beef tacos that I can handle in a short time span. Don’t get me wrong, I love tacos and certainly enjoy a good burger, now and then, but too much of a good thing in too short a period of time can get really boring, you know? This casserole recipe is a straightforward way to make creative use of that ground beef and put a hearty, filling meal on the table. It also happens to smell nice while you are cooking it and to look really pretty coming out of the oven.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Amanda’s Cookin’
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