Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole

TacoCasseroleThis Cheesy Chicken Taco Casserole from MyRecipes.com would make a great group recipes to share with friends or roommates. It’s very easy to make, and only costs $2.29 per serving.

Here is the original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (24 oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 9 (5-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack (8 oz.)
  • 1 small tomato, sliced

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 
  2. Season chicken with salt and pepper. 
  3. Place in a small skillet and add cold water to cover. 
  4. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, turning once or twice, until opaque and firm, about 10 minutes. 
  5. Remove, let cool and cut into small pieces or shred. You should have about 3 cups cut-up chicken.
  6. Spread one-third of sauce over bottom of a 7-by-11-inch baking dish. 
  7. Arrange 3 tortillas, slightly overlapping, on top. 
  8. Sprinkle one-third of chicken and cilantro over tortillas. 
  9. Top with a third of cheese. 
  10. Make two more layers of sauce, tortillas, chicken, cilantro and cheese.
  11. Arrange tomato on final layer of cheese. 
  12. Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 20 minutes. 
  13. Remove foil and cook until top is lightly browned, 10 minutes more.

Reviews were generally positive, though some reviewers had suggestions for improvements:

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Quick Taco Salad

Salad

This Kraft Foods recipe would make for a great quick, cheap and easy weekday lunch or dinner. While the Kraft variation may not contain the healthiest ingredients for a salad, this recipe is easily adaptable.

Here is Kraft’s original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) TACO BELL® HOME ORIGINALS® Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 10 cups torn romaine lettuce (about 1 large head)
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 cups tortilla chips, coarsely crushed
  • 1/4 cup KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing

Directions:

  1. Brown meat with onions in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat; drain.
  2. Add seasoning mix and water; mix well. Bring to boil. Simmer on medium-low heat 3 min.
  3. Divide lettuce among 4 plates. Top evenly with meat mixture, tomatoes, cheese and crushed chips. Drizzle with dressing.

Here is what reviewers had to say:

Salad1 Salad2 Salad3 Salad4This recipe definitely leaves room for substitutions and additions. Personally, I think that altering some of the ingredients would make for a healthier salad and a more delicious meal.

Enjoy!