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Fiesta Surprise Recipe
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I have a friend who is a native Californian, but developed this dish during 30 years of living in Alaska. She made it whenever she yearned for "food like back home".—Jan Seibert, Albion, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup taco sauce
  • 10 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and partially drained
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour 1/4 cup taco sauce in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; coat five tortillas on both sides with the sauce. Overlap the tortillas to make bottom layer.
  2. Stir one package of spinach into the beef mixture; spoon over the tortillas. Top with half of the cheese. Cover with remaining tortillas, overlapping as needed. Spread with remaining taco sauce. Sprinkle with ham; cover with sour cream. Sprinkle remaining spinach over top; cover with remaining cheese.
  3. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Fiesta Surprise in Country Ground Beef 1993, p95

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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