Fiesta Beef Casserole

The Lasater family has been ranching cattle since 1882. This recipe from the current operators, Tom and Dale, is an easy dish to bring to potluck suppers and a good way to make a little ground beef go a long way.

Serves 6

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ to 2 pounds ground beef
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chili powder
12 ounces chunky salsa
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
¾ cup mayonnaise or sour cream
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or jack cheese
1 head lettuce, coarsely chopped
3 tomatoes, seeded, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Coat a large, heated skillet with olive oil. Add the ground beef, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili powder; cook until the meat browns.

Remove beef to a large bowl, and add the salsa, corn and mayonnaise or sour cream. Spread one-half of the meat mixture on the bottom of a 2-quart casserole. Top with one cup of the tortilla chips, followed by one cup of the cheese, Repeat the layers. Bake for 20 minutes.

Serve on a bed of chopped lettuce, and top with tomatoes.