Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mexi-Cali Casserole

This is one I got from the mom of an ex, but the recipe stayed. =) Of course, my sister-in-law already published it in a cookbook - without my permission and under her name... I digress.

I have never tried to freeze this, but it keeps well in the fridge for a few days after cooking and reheats in the microwave easily.

1 lb. hamburger
1 can enchilada sauce
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 chopped medium onion
1 (14 oz?)can chili with beans (Regular sized can. I like to use the Hormel vegetarian chili - very few calories and yummy)
2 c. shredded cheese - (I prefer cheddar)
1 c. sour cream (reduced fat is fine)
@ 12 oz bag of Freetos (NOT tortilla chips. Freetos Scoops has less fat)

1 1/2-2 qt casserole dish

1. Brown hamburger with onion.
2. Mix cooked hamburger, onion, tomato and enchilada sauce and chili in the casserole dish.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups cheese and about 8-10 oz of the corn chips to the above and mix.
4. Bake, uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 min.
5. Remove from oven, put sour cream, a handful or two of the remaining corn chips and the 1/2 cup cheese on top.
6. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 10 more minutes.
7. Enjoy!


Ms. Huis Herself said...

I'm making this tonight! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Ms. Huis Herself said...

Tasty. I tried it in my 2 qt. casserole first, but it turned out to be too much, so I switched to a glass 9 x 13 baking dish and that fit much better. Maybe if you mixed it in a bigger bowl and then transferred you might be ok, but I didn't want to worry about goop boiling over the edge, either.

Also, I made it with ground buffalo, which worked just fine. Good thing you can get by with not quite a whole bag of Fritos because there was some snacking by the cooks...

DiploWhat said...

I never had trouble fitting it into a 2qt and it bubbles very little since the chips soak up the liquid. Don't worry about that. But the 9x13 would allow for a greater sour cream to casserole ratio...

Ms. Huis Herself said...

Mmmmm... sour cream! And Fritos... I think I'd better put this one on next week's menu 'cuz now I'm all hungry for it again!