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80s flashback dinner

Growing up in the 80s, I believe every meal was about the next great casserole.  My mom must have been casserole queen, because not a family meal went by without her sneaking in an extra helping of veggies, left over pot roast, or a half bag of crushed corn chips.

Tonight’s meal pays homage to my mom’s devious ways – Southwest Pie.

2 cups coarsely crushed nacho chips

1 pound ground turkey

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

1/2 cup water

1 cup corn

1 envelope taco seasoning

Black Pepper to taste

1 1/2 cup shredded cheese (taco cheese or cheddar)

Place the crushed chips in a lightly greased pie plate or 8×8 pan.  Brown the turkey until no longer pink.  Add in the taco seasoning, water, black pepper, and tomato sauce.   Simmer for 5 minutes.  Spoon 1/2 the mixture over the chips.  Next add 1/2 the cheese, add the corn, and repeat with meat and finally cheese.  Bake for 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes (until cheese is bubbly).

Possibly add ins:  onions, black olives ( I did), peppers, etc.

My budding foodie gave the meal “100 thumbs up!” and promptly asked to take the leftovers for lunch!  TOUCH DOWN!

My go to market place, Aldi, helped me to wrap up this meal for $4.15.

Recipe inspiration courtesy of Taste of Home Kid Approved Cookbook.


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