Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nacho Beef Bake




One of my favorite things about cooking is all the exciting things there are out there to try. New ingredients, new cooking techniques, new experiences. It's so fun, but it's also nice to come back to what's familiar and what you know will be delicious.

That's exactly how I felt when I saw this recipe. With it's flaky crescent roll crust, flavorful taco meat, and melty cheese topping, how could you go wrong? I loved it before I even bought the ingredients for it, and my family loved it too. The best part is that it came from my Healthy edition of Taste of Home, so I didn't have to feel as though this comfort dish was going to make me any less comfortable in the waistline!

Nacho Beef Bake
Slightly Adapted from Taste of Home, Healthy edition May/June edition

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup water
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 tubes refrigerated low-fat crescent rolls
1 cup reduced fat sour cream
1 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
chopped lettuce
chopped cilantro
chopped tomato
chopped avocado

Directions

1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the beans, water and taco seasoning; mash slightly. Cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until heated through; set aside.

2. Unroll crescent dough and press onto the bottom and up the sides of a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; seal seams and perforations. Spoon beef mixture over dough. Spread sour cream over beef mixture; sprinkle with cheese.

3. Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with lettuce, tomato, avocado and cilantro. Serve immediately.

25 comments:

Rebekah said...

this look super yum!!!!!!

Debbie said...

Looks great. I make a very similar dish but the bottom layer is tortilla chips and plenty of cheese is used. I will have try yours since it seems to be much less fattening. Thanks!

girlichef said...

Nice!! I like it. I love being able to put everyday shortcuts (refrig. crescent roll dough) to use in such delicious ways :D

Chow and Chatter said...

looks great nice flavors

Barbara Bakes said...

My boys would really love this meal. I was surprised that it was healthy. I guess I'll have to look for the low fat crescents.

Erica said...

Looks like a yummy dinner- Mexican is ALWAYS so good. Have you tried the lighter avocados on the market now? I'm not sure what they did to alter them, but I want to give them a try!!

teresa said...

I actually have! They are the big, lighter green ones? They aren't bad, they flavor isn't quite as rich, and the texture is just a bit stringier, but as a substitute, they're quite good!

Denise said...

Teresa, this looks fantastic. I love crescent rolls.

Donna-FFW said...

So delicious, meat, cheese, crescent rolls, how can ya beat that!! Great lunch for the kiddos too Id wager.

Melanie said...

That looks really delicious and way to go on the health factor!

Jenn said...

Nice!!! I'm craving for Mexican now and I just ate dinner. lol.

Melody said...

YEAH!!! Don't you love the Healthy Cooking magazine? My family loves this quick and yummy dinner. Tried and true recipes are the best.

♥peachkins♥ said...

Love nachos and beef.. I will surely love this!

Kathy said...

Mmmm, my kind of comfort food!!!

Lara said...

Um, yeah....that looks totally amazing!

Pam said...

Now that's my kind of dinner - it looks fantastic.

the ungourmet said...

This is really fun! I know everyone in my family would love it! I'm going to have to bookmark this one!

Reeni♥ said...

I love this taco goodness! It looks really delicious!

Sara said...

Looks great, mexican food always goes over well in my house!

Katy ~ said...

Teresa, this looks delish!

Lissy Gray said...

I make a taco pie that is quite similar to this. The ingredients are a little different and a little more fattening...lol... Looks delicious.

Tammy said...

Anything with crescent rolls is a winner! This looks wonderful, and I love that it's lightened up with lower fat ingredients.

Leslie said...

Super easy and yummy..what a great and tasty meal

Ingrid said...

This looks really good and EASY! Oh, and you mentioned healthy! Yay!
~ingrid

jor said...

made this the other night and my boys were all a big fan!