This is an all-purpose inexpensive filling/dip/topping. It's quick and easy too.
Beef and Bean Filling/Dip
(makes 6-8 servings)
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped OR 1 4 oz can chopped green chiles
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 16 oz can refried beans with green chiles
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or use Monterey jack or Colby cheese)
In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium-high heat until beef is starting to brown. Add onion and green pepper and cook another few minutes until onions soften.
Stir in chili powder, salt, black pepper, tomato sauce, and refried beans. Mix well and heat through. Remove from the heat and mix in cheese.
Some suggestions for this filling:
Fill a tortilla - add some shredded lettuce, salsa, and more cheese and guacamole.
Top a baked potato and add a little more cheese and sour cream.
Make nachos by topping tortilla chips along with additional cheese, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomatoes.
Hollow out a Kaiser roll and fill. Top with additional cheese.