Taco Bake

Craving Mexican food? This will be sure to satisfy your craving! It definitely screams pure comfort food! This Taco Bake has a pre baked crust made with cream cheese and Mexican style cheese. Then the crust is topped with seasoned taco meat and a sprinkle of more cheese! Because this makes 8 servings, portion them out in individual containers and freeze them for later! When you are ready to eat chow down, leave it in the fridge overnight and heat it up the next day! Enjoy!

Taco Bake

1/2 cup reduced fat cream cheese, softened (8 Condiments)
1/4 cup eggbeaters (1/8 Leans)
5 tbsp Fat free half and half  (5 Condiments)
1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning (1 Condiment)
2 cups reduced fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded (2 Leans)

35 oz 93% lean ground beef, uncooked ~ 24 oz cooked (4 and 7/8 Leans)
5 teaspoons taco seasoning (10 Condiments)
1 cup tomato puree (4 Greens)
4 ounces chopped green chilies (1 Green)
1 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded (1 Lean)

For the crust, beat the cream cheese and egg beaters until smooth. Add the half and half and taco seasoning. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish; spread the shredded Mexican cheese over the bottom. Pour the cream cheese mixture over  the shredded cheese as evenly as possible. Bake at 375ºF, 25-30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before adding the topping.

For the topping, brown the  ground beef; drain fat. Stir in taco seasoning, tomato sauce and chilies. Spread over the crust. Top with 1 cup Mexican cheese. Reduce oven to 350ºF and bake another 20 minutes or so until hot and bubbly.
Serve with your favorite veggies!

Makes 8 servings
Each serving provides 
1 Lean, 3 Condiments, and 1/3 of a Green per serving

Serve with 2 and 2/3 of your favorite Greens such as 1 and 2/3 cup lettuce and 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes.

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