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Fiesta Surprise Recipe

Fiesta Surprise Recipe

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. YIELD:8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 package (1-1/4 ounces) taco seasoning
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup bottled red taco sauce
  • 10 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and partially drained
  • 3 cups (12 ounces each) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


  • 1. In a skillet, cook ground beef and onion until the ground beef is browned and the onion is tender; 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 pan; coat five tortillas on both sides with the sauce. Overlap the tortillas to make bottom layer. Mix one package of spinach into the beef mixture and spoon over the tortillas. Top with half of the cheese. Cover with remaining tortillas, overlapping as needed. Spread with remaining red taco sauce. Sprinkle with ham; cover with sour cream. Sprinkle remaining spinach over top; cover with remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until heated through. Let stand a few minutes before serving. Yield: 8-10 servings.

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