Taco Casseole

One of my favourite meals is one that often finds it’s way into our dinner rotation.  It’s filling, full of veggies and protein and well, delicious.  It was a recipe I found years ago but kept tweaking it and changing it until it came to what I call it now, Taco Casserole.

Taco Casseole finished

It’s not very involved but it looks like it is.  My husband and I both love it and I always feel afterwards full of energy.  Now, that could all be in my head, but I’ll take it.

Taco Casserole (serves a generous 4)

1 package of extra lean ground turkey (aprox .600kg)
1 can of black beans
1 small jar of salsa
1 green pepper
3 green onion
1 tomato
1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
spices (optional)

prep

Brown the ground turkey in a frying pan until just cooked.

While the ground turkey is browning, chop up the green pepper, tomato and green onion and set aside.  Go back to the ground turkey and add some spices.  You could use a package of taco seasoning, but I prefer to make a homemade taco spice that I found here: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/46653/taco-seasoning-i/

Add the black beans, salsa and spices to the browned ground turkey and keep on the element until it’s warmed and mixed through.

combined in pan

Once it’s heated, add the turkey/beans/salsa mixture to a casserole dish and add to the top of the mixture layers of chopped green pepper, tomato and green onion.  Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese on top.  Place, uncovered, in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes.  Or, until the cheese gets all bubbly and yummy looking.

It probably serves about 6, but in my house it serves 3-4 depending on how hungry my Husband is.  It’s a great dish for dinner but even better as leftovers for lunch the next day!

I like to top it with fresh chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce, but my Husband enjoys it plain as is.

finished taco casserole

If you’re following Weight Watchers one of the best things is that it’s made with all 0 point foods.   The cheese is the only addition of points to the meal so you can use as much or as little to get it to the points you’d like to use.

The recipe above is based on 4 Freestyle points per serving.

Enjoy!

Taco Casseole finished

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