We love Mexican food in our household, even more so after having visited Mexico last year. It is easily our favourite cuisine to make at home, with an Aussie twist. Recently, my mother in law made a taco potato bake for a family dinner, and it was instantly a hit.
Deciding to recreate our own version, it was difficult to find a simple Mexican potato bake recipe online. Most were cheesy potato casseroles, rather than a more traditional style potato bake. So I did what I often do in the kitchen, and winged it!
Lucky it was a winner and one that will be making a regular appearance on the meal plan in our household, especially over the cooler weather months.
CHEESY TACO POTATO BAKE
While potato bake isn’t the healthiest dinner choice, it’s certainly hearty and the great thing about bake recipes is that most of them freeze really well if you do a lot of freezer cooking and bulk meals. That’s another huge positive for us!
- 500 grams lean beef mince
- 4 large potatoes, thinly sliced
- 1 cup corn kernels
- 1 medium onion, diced finely
- 1 packet of taco seasoning
- 2 cups of grated mozzarella cheese
- 1 jar of salsa
- Salt and pepper
- Sour cream
How to Make Mexican Potato Bake
1 – Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
2 – Thinly slice your potatoes and add to a large pot of boiling water for around 10 minutes to soften.
3- Add a tablespoon of oil to a large heated frying pan. Cook onion until soft, before adding the mince.
4 – Once the mince is browned, stir in corn, then add taco seasoning and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (follow instructions on the packet).
5 – Layer softened potato slices along the bottom of a baking dish and season with salt and pepper.
6 – Add a layer of mozzarella cheese over the potatoes, then add your taco mince mix on top.
7 – Pour salsa over mince layer then top with grated cheese.
8 – Cover baking dish with aluminium foil and bake in the oven for around 35 minutes. Then remove foil and bake for a further 15-20 minutes, or until cheese is browned.
9 – Serve with guacamole and sour cream, or on its own.
Want a spicy taco bake instead? Change up your salsa for a medium or hot version and add jalapenos to your mince mix.
We needed ours to be kid-friendly, so hubby added his jalapenos on top after it was served instead as an alternative if you have young children or family members who don’t enjoy spicy food.
You could also add chilli or a spicy taco seasoning mixture as other variations to give your taco potato bake some extra heat. The sour cream and guacamole help balance the spice.
For some extra crunch, crush up some corn chips on top of the cheese and even mix some into your potato layer as well.
Don’t already have a go-to guacamole recipe? Try this one.
Time to add a new twist to Taco Tuesday in your household, with Taco Bake Tuesday instead!