August 20, 2011

Mexican Casserole


I have made several recipes from Bobby's site, BlogChef.net.  He has such a great blog with so many recipes that we love.  I look forward to every email I get telling me he has a new blog post up!  Other recipes of his that we loved were Black Pepper ChickenParmesan Fish, Coconut Shrimp (Chinese Buffet Style), and Fried Rice. (the links all take you to my posts with photos, then links directly to Bobby's recipes).  If you have not yet been to his blog, you really must go there.  He has something for everyone and I have to say, he is my most favorite resource for recipes that I know Grumpy will most likely love.

While looking for recipes to make for dinner this last week I came across a newer post of his for Mexican Casserole.  I looked at it longingly and then turned the laptop towards Grumpy and said, "I think this looks so good, but you probably wouldn't eat it because it's "Mexican"."  Well, surprise me, Grumpy said, "I would probably eat that."  I needed no more encouragement.  The recipe went on my menu for the week.  It was quick, easy so perfect for a work week when we can't really eat much sooner than 7 or 7:30 PM.   We got home from the gym on the night we were to make this, and because it was late, I got Grumpy to help me out by slicing olives and dicing the tomatoes while I made the beef and mixed the refried bean mixture.  It was so yummy and had flavors that I just can't resist!  We still have leftovers and I am thinking that they will be good to wrap in a tortilla and warm for lunches or even wrap in a tortilla burrito like, freeze, then bake for yummy crispy tortilla treats after work another evening.  One thing I did not have that I wish I had was sour cream and will make sure I have some next time!

Bobby used scallions to top his recipe off.  I didn't have any but what I did have was garden fresh cilantro that my mom and dad brought me.  Garden fresh herbs lasts MUCH longer than store bought once they have been cut.  I have had that cilantro almost 2 weeks now and its not even started to turn.  Of course, the cilantro is what added the boost for me with this dish because I love it so much.  :)

Mexican Casserole
adapted from BlogChef.net
Printable Recipe

1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning blend (or use your own homemade blend- recipe I use is on Eating Etc.)
1 -15oz can refried beans (I use fat free)
1 cup salsa (I use a thick and chunky salsa)
2 cups taco flavored shredded cheese (or your favorite cheese, most any cheese will work here)
Fritos - you must use Frito's Scoops (my fav), I never buy these unless I am making something like this casserole or Haystacks (which I believe I have never posted here....will have to do so sometime soon!)
1/2 cup sliced black olives
1/2 cup diced tomatoes
chopped fresh cilantro - LOTS of it :)

Cook beef, drain, and add seasoning blend with water according to packet instructions (or according to linked recipe).  Set aside.

Heat refried beans until warm.  Stir in salsa and 1 cup of cheese.  Set aside.

Crush enough Fritos to cover the bottom of a 8x8 square baking dish.  Layer with bean mixture, next with meat mixture and then top with remaining 1 cup of cheese and sliced black olives.

Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.  (mixture will still be warm when you assemble, so it is likely you will have a hot casserole once the cheese is melted anyway!).

Remove from oven, top with chopped tomatoes and cilantro.  Serve with extra Frito Scoops.  Delicious!  Especially with lots and lots of cilantro!  ;-)

26 comments:

  1. Our second favorite food! Wow this looks good and its easy to fix... I know this will be on our menu this week! Hubby will love love love it!

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  2. This looks really good! I love cilantro also. I hear you either love it or hate it. I've really enjoyed the flavor of taco meat lately so much that I've been putting it in my omelettes!

    It is SO good mixing it with refried beans...also when you add cream cheese. Mmmm.....can't wait to try this or a variation soon.

    Oh yeah...totally agree about the Frito Scoops. I buy very little processed food, but a couple of my recipes just scream "scoops." Especially my bacon tomato dip. They're addicting! :-)

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  3. That looks so good. I use to not like cilantro but I just started liking it a few years ago. It just grows on you!

    I make a Mexican lasagna that Rachael Ray makes by tweaking it a little but this is somewhat similar expect there are layers of corn tortillas. The leftovers are great! I just never had a chance to blog about it but the photos weren't nice looking. ;)

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  4. This looks so good, I wish I had the ingredients to make it tonight! I love your addition of cilantro--love that stuff! I think it would be good with the scallions AND the cilantro!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love this recipe, Shelby! Mexican is one of my favorites, too. I love those combinations of flavors topped off with that fresh, bright tasting cilantro. Yum. Yum!

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  6. Such Beautiful colors Always tough to cook for someone else. It sounds terrific!

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  7. Funny, I just made a Mexican casserole last night.
    Since I know you are such a big fan of CL, here's the recipe:
    http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/baked-black-beans-with-chorizo-50400000113028/
    It has made the regular recipe rotation because we love it so much.
    I do love me some Fritos though. I might have to try your recipe too!

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  8. What a pretty casserole! I'll definitely have to stop by Bobby's site.

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  9. We've made several of Bobby's recipes too. Love his chinese recipes.! This ooks really good. We're Mexican "fans here, and quick meals are always a plus!

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  10. Beautiful picture and what a flavorful dish. Mexican is my favorite!

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  11. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I enjoyed participating in Presto Pasta Nights.

    Your mexican casserole looks delicious.

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  12. That looks great. I was sold as soon as I got to the refried beans part. Being from Texas, I love Mexican food.

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  13. i am definitely pinning this, how yummy! right up our alley, and i love the cilantro. i sooo miss being able to grow our own herbs, i agree, they're so much better!

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  14. I saw you post this on FB and it gave me cravings, this looks so delicious! I can Mexican so many times a week, it's just one of my favorite foods.

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  15. I've been so hungry for something like this...perfect timing!! Thank you for sharing.

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  16. That looks great and sounds delicious - perfect for a busy weeknight!

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  17. This would be a hit at our house too. With garden tomatoes and fresh cilantro this will be delish. Yes, one must have Frito Scoops. I'll have to check out BlogChef. Where have I been? Have a great day.

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  18. i agree this is a good meal for a weeknight and looks colorful and welcoming.

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  19. Easy to make and presents beautifully. Kudos.

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  20. Shelby, your pasta sauce look scrumptious. It one of the best I have seen. If it wasn't so late I would go to the kitchen and prepare some right now. Already saved the recipe! Have a great evening :)

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  21. I substituted green onions for cilantro. It was excellent tasting. This is going in my cookbook.

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  22. I am so making this! I love all things Mexican and so does my husband, he's from Texas!

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  23. It looks so delicious Shelby. I also love your new header by the way:D

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  24. This looks so good! I can never eat enough Mexican food. Perfect for a busy mid week!!

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  25. This is a great combinations of ingredients and sounds so easy (and delicious) to make. I love the cilantro addition and your use of fat free refried beans. It's only 07:30 in the morning here and this post make my stomach growl! Nicely done :-)

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