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Fiesta Grande (a.k.a. Mock Tacos)

Fiesta GrandeThis is a terrific dish to serve at a party buffet-style. Simply line up the ingredients in the order they are used and let your guests build their own big "layered taco" on a plate!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon oregano leaves
1 (6-ounce) can tomato paste
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup cooked rice*
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Scoop size Fritos® brand corn chips, slightly crumbled

Suggested Toppingss:
Cheddar and/or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Iceberg lettuce, shredded
Tomatoes, chopped
Onion, chopped
Black olives, whole, sliced or chopped
Avocado, diced or sliced
Sour cream
Salsa (Pico de Gallo) and/or other hot sauces
Fresh Cilantro, chopped
Lime Wedges

Cooking Directions:

  1. For the Sauce: In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is no longer pink; drain excess fat. Add the chili powder, cumin and oregano and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. To Serve: Ladle sauce over a bed of slightly crumbled corn chips, then top with any of the suggested accompaniments and squeeze some lime juice over the whole thing and enjoy!

Makes 6 servings. (Increase recipe as needed.)

*The cooked rice is part of the original recipe, it helps to thicken the sauce.

Fritos® is the trademark of Frito-Lay North America, Inc.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe; meat sauce only, does not include chips or toppings): 272.1 calories; 54% calories from fat; 16.2g total fat; 56.7mg cholesterol; 874.6mg sodium; 683.2mg potassium; 16.3g carbohydrates; 2.7g fiber; 7.1g sugar; 13.6g net carbs; 15.9g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Pryor; Copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.