Ok , so was craving this because while I was in Detroit this week my cousin made some and I had to catch my flight which by the way was delayed 1.5hrs so i didn't have time to eat. This dish is super easy, and has been in my family at least since i was a young bebe kid who knows maybe even longer. If you make it you have to make it with lime tortilla chips they are the bomb. Tostitos makes them. I made a few minor changes to my moms original recipe to make it a little healthier.
1lb-ground beef (I actually sub. beef for 12oz bag of Morningstar Farm meal starters like i said in prev post trying to be easy and limit my red meat)
2-cups shredded cheddar cheese (I sub for low-fat Kraft taco style shredded cheese)
2 -16oz. cans refried beans (fat free)
1 box Spanish rice mix (optional original recipe doesn't include rice however wanted to make it more filling my greedy little brother and cousin were joining us.)
1.5 cups shredded lettuce ( i used romaine better for you than iceberg lettuce)
1 -16oz container of sour cream (light sour cream)
1-pack taco seasoning mix
2 ripe vine tomatoes (diced)
1/3 cup onion and green pepper mix diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
Directions : preheat oven at 350. Add refried beans to baking dish, season with garlic power and pepper add to oven.Let beans cook for 15. Cook Spanish rice then set aside. In medium bowl mix sour cream and 3/4 taco seasoning mix set aside. Saute green peppers and onions , add ground beef , the rest of the taco seasoning mix, few dashes of garlic, salt, pepper to taste, cook until done . Add sour cream mix to refried beans in the baking dish. then layer with rice, ground beef, lettuce, tomato, cilantro , then top with cheese and bake until cheese is all bubbly approximately 15-20 mins depending on oven. Serve with Tostitos lime chips.
I served this with sautéed sweet corn and Pineapple Mango salsa. Was sooooooooo good