I made this a few nights ago. First off, I did NOT make it according to original posted recipe. I read many reviews before making. Essentially, I made my own 'recipe' using the original as a base to jump from. It was a good meal. Taking suggestions from other reviewers I made the following changes: Used a jar of thick & chunky salsa instead of tomatoes; lined the bottom of the casserole dish with re-fried beans and some cheese before adding meat mixture; added black beans into the meat mixture for color and flavor; used medium sized shell pasta instead of elbow macaroni; used taco seasoning according to package, NOTE: if you do that, be sure to add another seasoning pack as directed in original recipe ('taco' flavoring was 'lost' in the mix of everything else); did NOT add tortilla chips before baking, added them after cooking to keep crunchy; added some black olives on top with shredded MEXICAN flavored cheese; only cooked in oven for about 15 minutes; topped with shredded lettuce, sour cream, & taco sauce before eating. Essentially, almost an entirely different recipe. It was good and filling. Even our three year old ate it. Will make again, but will assuredly add that second taco seasoning pack in the mix for more flavor.
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I made this a few nights ago. First off, I did NOT make it according to original posted...