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Beef & Bean Nacho Bake

Active Time: 25 minutes • Total Time: 45 minutes • Serves: 6

1-1/2 pounds ground sirloin tip
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 can (16 ounces) Schnucks fat-free refried beans
1 jar (16 ounces) medium salsa
3 tablespoons drained diced pickled jalapeño peppers
6 cups Schnucks bite size tortilla chips
1 package (8 ounces) Schnucks finely shredded Mexican four cheese blend (2 cups)
3 large Roma tomatoes (about 12 ounces), chopped (about 2 cups)
thinly sliced green onions, refrigerated prepared guacamole and/or Schnucks sour cream (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef, garlic and chili powder over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up meat with side of spoon into small pieces. Stir in refried beans, salsa and jalapeños. Cook 2 minutes or until mixture is well combined and heated through, stirring frequently.

2. Spread about 3 cups tortilla chips in bottom of 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Spread half of beef mixture over chips, about 3 cups, then top with half of cheese, about 1 cup. Repeat with remaining chips, beef mixture and cheese. Cover dish with aluminum foil. Bake 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer or until top begins to brown.

3. Remove nacho bake from oven. Evenly sprinkle with tomatoes and green onions, if using. Serve with guacamole and sour cream, if desired.

Each serving: about 573 calories, 35 g total fat(14 g saturated), 92 mg cholesterol, 1108 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 31 g protein