Easy Speedy Taco Bake

by | Sep 25, 2014 | Dinner, Quick and Easy | 6 comments

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal?  This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal? This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

So, I’m going to be really honest with you today.

More days than not, we eat meals like this Easy Speedy Taco Bake for dinner.  Even though I spend most of my waking hours thinking about food, photographing food and/or blogging about food, the reality is that we’re not eating gourmet meals at my house.

First of all, we don’t eat gourmet because whotheheck has time to eat like that?  I’m like most of the rest of you: I’m juggling a million balls on a daily basis and the last thing I have the time or energy for is to make something fancy in the kitchen.  Tasty, easy, and hassle-free are my main requirements on the weeknights.

And second of all, I live with a 7-year old kiddo who considers fine cuisine to be macaroni NOT made from a box, and a husband who would be perfectly satisfied with this 30-minute lasagna {every.single.day}.

So yeah, impossibly easy is what I need most nights.

Need ideas for a quick and easy weeknight meal? This Easy Speedy Taco Bake is impossibly easy, and comes together in about 45 minutes with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

Even more, I need meals that I can make with ingredients I typically keep on hand. And for us, that’s ground beef/turkey, black beans, corn, and lots and lots of cheese. 😉

Obviously, we gravitate most often to the Mexican-inspired meals, and as much as I love Taco Tuesdays {it’s a real thing at Casa Kitchen Meets Girl}, we like to switch things up every now and then.  And what I love about meals like this one is that it’s simple enough that Doodle can help me in the kitchen.  While I’m browning the meat, he’s busy stirring together the milk, eggs, and Bisquick.  I love that he enjoys helping me cook, and it’s a great way for us to spend time together chatting about our day.

This taco bake really is easy and speedy – you just need a few minutes to brown your meat and layer the ingredients in your baking dish.  Another great thing about it is that it’s easy to customize- like kidney beans better than black beans?  Use those instead.  Add some corn or Rotel…whatever your family likes and that you have on-hand.  You can’t go wrong with this quick and easy dish!

Easy Speedy Taco Bake
 
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds ground beef or turkey (I used turkey)
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 4 tablespoon taco seasoning - homemade or store bought
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, divided (I used a Mexican blend)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1½ cups Original Bisquick Baking Mix
  • for serving: shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced olives and tomatoes, salsa, sour cream
Method
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 8x8 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, brown meat over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain the meat and return to the pan. Add chopped onion, garlic, water and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer until onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in bean and green chilies.
  3. Transfer the meat mixture to your 8x8 pan. Sprinkle with 1 cup cheese.
  4. In a large bowl, combine Bisquick, 2 eggs and 1 cup milk until moistened. Pour the Bisquick mixture over the meat mixture.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the top is light brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Top with sour cream, cheese, lettuce, salsa, etc. - whatever you like!

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6 Comments

  1. Carla

    Will this work with Heart Smart Bisquik?

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    • Ashley

      It sure will!

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  2. Rocky

    What an awesome way to explain this-now I know evhynteirg!

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