This Taco Casserole recipe is easy and delicious…perfect for weeknight cooking!
Many of you guys already know that Laura and I both curl in the winter months. Yes, curl. Like that sport that shows up during the Winter Olympics and then you don’t hear about it again for 4 years. (Unless you’re one of my Canadian friends…in which case you probably hear about curling more than you want to!)
Laura and I wandered into an open house at our local curling club 3 years ago now…and we’ve been hooked ever since. But here’s the funny thing. We don’t actually like curling together on the same team. And I’ve heard the same thing from other married couples at the club. Whatever the reason, Laura plays in the women’s league, and I play in two different men’s leagues. It keeps us entertained during these winter months up here in New York! (Speaking of winter months, we’re supposed to get 12-18″ of snow tomorrow. Is it Spring yet??)
Bonspiels are one of the coolest things about curling. (A bonspiel is just curling’s term for a tournament.) A bonspiel can be anywhere from just a small handful of teams all the way up to 45+ teams. A team usually consists of 4 people, so you can imagine how crazy some of these big tournaments can get. This year, some of the guys in the club got together and decided to play in a big bonspiel over in Utica, NY. This particular bonspiel was for curlers with 5 or less years of experience, and the rest of my team are all at 5 years experience this year. So we decided to make a run at this one.
Flatout actually sponsored our team this past year, and that was really awesome! We ordered jackets for Team Flatout, and we’ve been wearing those around the club all year. If nothing else, we looked the part! (Isn’t that half the battle anyways?) To get ready for the Utica tournament, we played in a couple of smaller tournaments in our own club earlier this season. We played well together, and most importantly we had a lot of fun! We didn’t end up winning the Utica bonspiel, but we did have some success. And again…we had fun! Isn’t that what it’s all about anyways?
As I mentioned above, bonspiels are a lot of fun! We meet guys from all over the northeast and Canada, so that always leads to some fun conversations after our games. But one of the downsides of bonspiels? The food. I mean I get it. You’ve got a lot of people that need to eat. And since there are always games being played, the eating happens in staggered rounds. That’s hard. So the result is usually ‘conference-style’ food. It does the job, but it’s not as tasty as a home-cooked meal.
I was seriously tempted to bring an oven along and cook this Taco Casserole up in our hotel room. Hah! I wouldn’t actually do that, but the thought was pretty fun. You’ve got 4 guys who are starving after curling all day…so this Taco Casserole wouldn’t have stood a chance! Instead, I made this one for just me and Laura once I got back.
This Taco Casserole is delicious! Like seriously delicious. And seriously easy. The filling consisted of cooked ground beef, sauteed onions + peppers and canned corn, black beans and chilies. But I put a twist on this one by scattering chopped up Flatout flatbreads all over the top of this casserole before baking it. I brushed those flatbreads with a bit of olive oil and taco seasoning first, and I’m pretty sure I just wanted to pick all of the toasted flatbreads off the top of this Taco Casserole while I was taking these photos. (There might be a couple pieces missing…but you can’t tell, right?)
I used Flatout’s Multi-Grain flatbreads with Flax for this Taco Casserole. Each flatbread clocks in at just 100 calories, and each one packs 13g of whole grains, 9g of protein and 8g of fiber. I’ve seen Taco Casseroles with 2 bags of corn chips on top, so using these flatbreads seriously puts a healthier spin on this comfort food classic!
This Taco Casserole makes for a great weeknight meal, or even a comfort food type of meal for a weekend by the fireplace. (Yes, it’s still cold enough to need our fireplace here in New York…) I hope you guys are staying warm, and if you’re looking for a fun + easy meal, then I suggest giving this Taco Casserole a shot sometime soon! Enjoy!
This Taco Casserole post was sponsored by Flatout Flatbread, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.
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