What an unusual question! “Is it Tuesday yet?” isn’t nearly as common as “is it Friday yet?” Right? And yet, you’ll be asking for the oft-forgotten day once you realize that Tuesday means Taco Tuesday, and that means you’ll get to enjoy the Is-It-Tuesday-Yet Bake! This Tex-Mex casserole is loaded with juicy taco meat, savory refried beans, and even a little smoky barbecue sauce for a touch of sweetness, all baked atop a taco-seasoned potato crust. No need for tortillas here! Is-It-Tuesday-Yet Bake might just make every day a Tuesday!

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Ingredients

For the bake:

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning, divided
  • 2 cups instant mashed potato mix
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can refried beans
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup water

Optional, for serving:

  • Mexican cheese, to taste, shredded
  • lettuce, to taste, shredded
  • tomatoes, to taste, diced
  • onions, to taste, diced
  • sour cream, to taste
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Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Melt the margarine in a saucepan.

Step 3 –Add the milk and 2 tablespoons of the taco seasoning mix.

Step 4 –Transfer the saucepan from the heat and stir in the mashed potato mix.

Step 5 –Press the potato mixture onto the bottom and slightly up the sides of an 8×8-inch baking dish.

Step 6 –To a skillet over medium heat, add the ground beef, the refried beans, the barbecue sauce, the water, and the remaining taco seasoning and cook, while stirring, until bubbly, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7 –Add the beef mixture to the prepared potato crust.

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Step 8 –Bake, uncovered, until heated through and the flavors have melded together, about 30-35 minutes.

Step 9 –Serve with the Mexican cheese, the lettuce, the tomatoes, the onions, and the sour cream.