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Hearty Taco Slices

No recipe image available.Here's fun recipe the whole family will enjoy that young chefs can make—or help make. This makes super party food for the Big Game, too.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup refried beans
1 cup prepared chunky salsa - divided use
1 cup shredded Wisconsin Cheddar cheese - divided use
1/4 cup sliced black olives, drained
1 loaf (16 to 18 inches) Italian bread, unsliced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 1/2 cups shredded lettuce
8 pitted whole black olives

Cooking Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine refried beans, 1/4 cup salsa, 1/2 cup cheese and olives; set aside.
  2. Slice loaf in half horizontally; remove soft insides leaving a 1 inch thick shell. Spread bean mixture over bottom half of loaf; set aside.
  3. In a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef; drain. Stir in chili powder; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining salsa; heat to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Spread beef mixture over beans; cover with remaining cheese and top of loaf. Wrap loaf in foil, then place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 20 minutes or until heated through. Unwrap loaf; lift top and sprinkle filling with lettuce.
  6. Using decorative toothpicks, spear whole olives; insert each toothpick through loaf at evenly spaced intervals. Cut into 8 slices; serve immediately.

Makes 8 servings.

Recipe provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.