“Crunchhhh!” That’s the noise you’ll be hearing all throughout dinner when With-A-Crunch Casserole is on the table! What’s in it, you might wonder, to give it such a satisfying sound? Well, consider this one big Tex-Mex bake! It’s filled with taco-seasoned, juicy ground beef, spicily-seasoned veggies, melty, gooey cheese, and the grand finale responsible for all the noise… nacho-cheese-flavored tortilla chips! Yum, yum, yum. With-A-Crunch Casserole brings lots of delicious buzz that will have everyone coming back for bite after bite!

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (1-ounce) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 (4.25-ounce) can chopped green chiles
  • 1 (15-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 (9.25-ounce) bag nacho-cheese-flavored tortilla chips, crushed into small pieces
  • fresh cilantro, optional, to taste, for garnish
  • 1 1/3 cups cheddar cheese, shredded, divided

Directions

Step 1 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2 –Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 3 –Add the onion and sauté until it is softened and translucent, about 6 minutes.

Step 4 –Add the garlic to the onion and cook until it is fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 5 –Add the beef to the onion mixture and cook, while breaking it up with a spoon, until it is completely browned, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 6 –Add the taco seasoning to the meat mixture and stir to incorporate.

Step 7 –Add the tomatoes, the green chiles, and the cream of chicken soup to the meat mixture and mix to combine.

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Step 8 –Cook the meat mixture, stirring occasionally, until it thickens, about 5 minutes.

Step 9 –Transfer the meat mixture from the heat.

Step 10 –Pour 1/3 of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.

Step 11 –Sprinkle 1/3 cup of the cheese over the layer of meat in the dish.

Step 12 –Sprinkle 1/2 of the crushed chips over the cheese layer.

Step 13 –Add 1/3 of the meat mixture to the baking dish, spreading it evenly over the chips.

Step 14 –Repeat the layering process with 1/3 cup of the cheese and the remaining chips.

Step 15 –Top the casserole with the remaining meat mixture and the remaining cheese.

Step 16 –Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.

Step 17 –Remove the foil and bake until the cheese begins to brown, about 20 minutes.

Step 18 –Allow the dish to cool slightly.

Step 19 –Garnish with the cilantro and serve.