Nacho Casserole is a delicious baked base with chicken or beef and topped with lettuce and tomatoes. It has some unexpected but wonderful flavors like hominy and cream of chicken soup.
Nacho Casserole comes from one of my fabulous sisters (I have 4 of them). It’s an easy and quick dinner when you just don’t know what to make.
It’s a versatile meal because chicken and beef can be interchanged without needing to change up any other ingredients. It tastes great with both even though you are using cream of chicken soup.
What is a casserole?
A casserole (also called a hot dish) consists of 3 main components. A protein – beef, pork, chicken, fish, etc, vegetables – green beans, corn, hominy, etc, and a starch that holds it together like flour or cream of chicken soup.
What is hominy?
Hominy is a dried corn (maize) that has been treated with an alkali solution. The process is called nixtamalize. They have been doing this since ancient times. Hominy is very common in Mexican cuisine.
- 1 lb ground beef or shredded chicken
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 bag tortilla chips
- 1 can hominy, drained
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- Shredded lettuce
- Cherry tomatoes, cut up
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Brown ground beef with onion (if using chicken, cook & shred and then heat with onion & garlic). Once beef is browned, add garlic. Cook for another minute.
- Cover the bottom of 9x13 pan with crushed tortilla chips. Spread ground beef/shredded chicken over chips.
- Evenly sprinkle hominy over beef.
- Spread cream of chicken soup over hominy.
- Evenly sprinkle cheese over soup.
- Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle lettuce and tomato on top.
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