My cooking and baking revolves around "how long will it take?" and "how much of a mess will it make?" and "will it leave a lingering aroma in the house?" more than what sounds good, looks good or what I'm in the mood for.
Sunday night I returned home from having a house showing, and with no other showings scheduled over the next couple days I was ready to cook. My busy full time schedule at work on top of everything else I was handling that week had me exhausted and eating quick meals by myself at the kitchen counter (that didn't take long, didn't smell up the kitchen and didn't make a mess to prepare!). By Sunday night I wanted a nice, hot, comfort food. Mexican Casserole it was.
Starting with a base of ground beef or pork, you can add or delete what you have in the cupboard. That's the awesomeness of a recipe like this one. It will turn out. It will taste good. It can usually be served as a casserole or a dip with tortillas as well. Yum!
Quick & Easy Mexican Casserole
Add what you want, leave out what you don't. Just keep the general idea and have at least 4-5 layers.
1 lb. ground beef or ground pork
1 onion, chopped
1 can refried beans or a can of northern beans, drained
1 can green chili peppers, chopped
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 c salsa
1 can white or yellow corn (or Mexican blend style)
1 - 16. oz. container sour cream
Brown the ground beef with the chopped onion. Place the refried beans in the bottom of a casserole dish, top with the drained beef/onion mixture. Top with layers of the chilis, 1 cup cheese, salsa, corn, sour cream and the rest of the cheese. Finish with green and/or black olives. Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes until warmed completely through. Serve as a casserole with warm flour tortillas or as a dip for tortilla chips.
|I decided to mix the beans WITH the ground pork this time|
|Mmm cheese. I always double what it calls for|
|More cheese on top! Cheese is God's way of saying "Hey, I love you guys!"|