Tex-Mex Gratin

If you have a craving for some Mexican food, here is a recipe for you - a many-layered Tex-Mex Gratin. With melted cheddar cheese and taco-flavored beef, juicy tomatoes, and the smoothness of avocados and sour cream rice, it has all the wonderful flavors of the southwest in one delicious little bowl.

Tex-Mex Gratin

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(Recipe by:Chef Yasue Siewert)

Times

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes

Yield

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tbsp canola oil (or olive oil)
1 lb ground beef
2 clove garlic, minced
1 medium-size onion, minced
½ tsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder
1 6-fl oz can tomato juice (3/4 cup)
1 tsp kosher salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
3 cup cooked white rice
½ cup sour cream
1 tsp kosher salt
pinch of black pepper
1 ripe avocado, pitted and skinned, and sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

Heat skillet over medium-high heat and add oil and cook ground beef for a couple of minutes. Add garlic and onion and sauté until onion is translucent and cooked through. Add cumin and chili powder and stir and cook about 1 minute. Add tomato juice, salt, and pepper and cook another a few minutes. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a bowl, mix cooked white rice, sour cream, salt, and black pepper.

In a baking dish, line ¼ of rice mixture and put avocado on rice. Put tomatoes on top and ground beef mixture on top, and cheddar cheese.
Repeat for other 3.

Bake for about 25 minutes until cheese is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm.

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Comment(4)

I will try this Tex-Mex next. I have a box of tomatoes from the garden that should work well with this.

Thank you for your comment!
Hope you like this one too :)
Let me know how it goes.

I made this last night. It was great--like a taste of Old San Antonio.

>>>Thank you so much!! I am glad that you like the taste :)

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