Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole
*This is a family favorite and can be multiplied easily for big crowds.

1 lb ground beef
1 TBLS dried onion or 1/2 onion
1 packet taco seasoning (we use organic valley because its gluten free)
1/2 cup water
15 oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup rice
1 15 oz can chili beans
1 cup grated cheese
tortillas and/or tortilla chips

Brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add taco seasoning, water, tomato sauce, rice, and chili beans. Simmer covered until rice is tender. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve once melted. Sprinkle with crushed chips or scoop with chips. Or spoon into tortillas for burritos. Top with lettuce, tomato, guacomole, sour cream.

If desired, cook in 9×13 pan in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes instead of simmer on stove. Or toss into crock pot on low for a couple hours. If baking add cheese before putting in oven. If putting in crock pot, add cheese just before serving.