Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole

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What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

Give up?

Nacho Cheese!

OK, OK, maybe not the best joke but it’s a good opener for a fun family dinner. Tough crowd? Set this warm plate of Meatless Nacho Cheese Casserole on the table and they’ll quickly forgive your “Dad joke” humor.

I came up with this one day when it was 5:30 PM and I still didn’t know what to make for dinner. I looked around and found five basic ingredients that go well together: rice, beans, salsa, cheese, and tortilla chips!

"Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Erika Marie. All rights reserved.

In the past, I’ve simply warmed everything but the chips into a big microwavable or stove-top bowl and let everyone dip the chips in for a really lazy simple dinner. I’ve also made something similar using fried and cut-up corn tortillas. Alas, I only had the chips but decided to try baking it all together. And guess, what — I discovered a new delicious and super fast and easy meatless meal my family can really enjoy!

It’s so simple, anyone can make this by following these easy steps:

  1. First, gather the rice, beans, salsa, cheese and tortilla chips.
  2. You’ll also need some taco seasoning of your choice.
  3. Cook the rice.
  4. Add in a can of drained black beans to the cooked rice and mix.
  5. Mix in the taco seasoning.
"Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Erika Marie. All rights reserved.

Next, assembly time! 

  1. Grease an 11×13 baking pan
  2. Spread a little salsa on the bottom.
  3. Next, add some of the rice and beans over top the salsa, then sprinkle on a layer of cheese, add a little salsa over that, top with a layer of tortilla chips. First layer done!
    "Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

    Copyright 2018 Erika Marie. All rights reserved.

  4. Continue this layering process until you’re out of the rice and beans and top everything with a last layer of cheese.
    "Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

    Copyright 2018 Erika Marie. All rights reserved.

Time to Bake! 

  1. Cover your pan with foil, bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for about 10 minutes. (This keeps the cheese from burning.)
  2. Remove the foil after 10 minutes and bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted to your liking.
  3. Remove the pan from the oven, call everyone to the table, say a family prayer. (Remember to tell the joke!)
  4. Eat and enjoy!
"Meatless Friday: Quick and Easy Nacho Cheese Casserole" by Erika Marie (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2018 Erika Marie. All rights reserved.

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Erika Marie is a simple Catholic, Wife, and Mama. She relishes snuggles and free time with her family and enjoys reading, writing, blogging, and has a slightly obsessive addiction to creating Canva graphics. Enjoy more reflections by Erika at her personal simplemama blog.

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