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cream cheese, room temperature
taco seasoning mix (divided, 1/2 pkg. & 1 1/2 pkg.)
salsa, tomato-based (your favorite)
chopped fresh chives or green onion tops
sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
fresh ripe tomatoes, chopped
can sliced black olives (optional)
fresh jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
shredded lettuce (optional)
tortilla chips for serving
Lightly grease a 9"x13" casserole with cooking oil spray or butter.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and place rack in middle position.
In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, thoroughly cook ground beef and onions until meat is no longer pink and onions are translucent; drain, return to skillet and set aside.
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and 1/2 package of taco seasoning mix until light and fluffy.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over bottom of casserole and set aside.
Add remaining seasoning mix and salsa to meat; mix well and simmer over medium-low heat for 3 or 4 minutes.
Add refried beans and mix well to combine.
Spread meat mixture over cream cheese in dish.
Sprinkle with half the chives or green onions.
Evenly distribute cheese over the top and then top with the chopped tomatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove from oven; garnish with remainder of chives or green onions and your choice of optional ingredients.
Last Updated: Wed, May 4, 2016