Easy, Easy Tex Mex Main Dish and Guacamole

I just returned from a visit at my son's home north of Indianapolis and we made some wonderful new dishes I thought you might enjoy too!  This dish is so very good I am sure to make it again and again.  The ingredients are easy and it is as pleasing to the eye as it is delicious.  It is all good!!   Reheats well too, not that a hungry family will leave much!

Ingredients for Tex Mex Bake:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. spray a 9 x 9" baking dish with cooking spray.

Break 2 C. tortilla chips and scatter evenly in the bottom of the baking dish and set aside.

1 pound lean ground meat of your choice browned and seasoned with 1 package taco seasoning
1 can re-fried beans
1 C. salsa

Combine above ingredients and spread evenly over the corn chips.

In a another bowl combine:

1 can of black beans rinsed and drained
1 can of corn drained
1 C. cheese
1/4 c. fresh cilantro chopped
1/2 pkg. taco seasoning

Stir together and spread atop the meat layer.

Top with additional:

1 C. cheese

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until heated though and bubbling.

Remove from the oven and top with:

1/2 C. sliced black olives
1 C. diced fresh tomatoes
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro, optional

Serve with tortilla chips,  fresh made guacamole, and sour cream.

Guacamole ingredients:

3 ripe avocados
1 large lime ( 2 T. lime juice minimum)
1/2 chopped sweet onion
1 diced tomato
1/4 C. cilantro
1 seeded and diced jalapeno pepper, optional
1/2 t. kosher salt

Add the lime juice to the bottom of a medium bowl and mash the avocado into it stirring to combine.
We like chunky avocado and leave it in larger pieces.  The lime adds delicious flavor and keeps  the spread an beautiful color.  We like to taste the lime a little!  Add the remaining ingredients and enjoy!

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