Monthly Archives: January 2014

Taco Casserole in the Microwave

I must start this category with the recipe that’s been Pinned more than any of my other Demarle photos.

This recipe is adapted from the cookbook that came with our original GE microwave, before our first child was born when we lived in the Chicago area. That means we bought it 32 years ago. A microwave seemed like an extravagance at the time – really! I mean, we had always cooked on the range or in the oven. We’d always reheated food by putting it into a small pan… or drank our coffee cold (or, even better, drank it hot in small quantities, at the table, not walking around and putting it down and forgetting about it in another room)… or used the toaster oven on the counter top. And now that I was going to stay home with a baby, no longer working outside our home, I would have NO need for a time-saving device like a microwave. But we bought one anyway. And never looked back.

A note about the finished product: if you wish to flip the casserole onto a serving dish, the top (that used to be the bottom) will look anemic. Have some grated cheese ready to hide the pallid color, PLEASE! It will look so much more appetizing and besides, a little more cheese is always a good thing.

Taco Casserole in the Microwave

1 pound ground turkey or beef

½ cup chopped onion

1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained slightly

1 pkg. taco seasoning mix

Tortilla chips

2 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 can black beans or whole corn, drained

2 eggs

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce

1 cup evaporated milk OR half and half

In a 2 1/2 to 3 quart mold laid on a plate (not plastic or melamine), microwave the ground meat and onion for 4 minutes. Drain by putting the edges of the mold together and making a spout with one end. Stir in green chilies and taco seasoning mix. Pour into a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl mix the eggs, tomato sauce and milk. In the mold, lay 3 layers of tortilla chips, crushing slightly, then add half of the meat, cheese and corn. Repeat a second layering with these four ingredients. Pour egg mixture evenly over. Microwave for 10 – 14 minutes or until set, rotating twice if you don’t have a carousel. Sprinkle with some additional cheese if desired. Allow to rest five minutes to set completely, especially if you plan to flip it over onto a serving plate.