Friday, June 14, 2013

See Richie's Girlfriend!

Here she is -- she's holding the Fiesta Casserole that he made for dinner last night.

Even if you don't have a "girlfriend," you might like this dish. 

1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
2 cups chunky tomato salsa
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes and juice
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
12 flour tortillas (6 in. wide)
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese  (he used Velveeta and it gave the dish a "sweeter" taste)
Garnishes - sour cream, chopped cilantro and chopped avocado.

Set the oven at 325 and start browning the meat, adding in the onion and bell peppers.  When the meat is done, drain away any fat and stir in the salsa, tomatoes and corn and bring to a boil. 

Spread a cup of this meat and vegetable mixture across the bottom of the casserole dish and top it with six tortillas, overlapping them.  Put half of the rest of the meat on the tortillas, adding half of the cheese.  Lay out your six tortillas and top with the last of the meat and cheese.  Cover the dish with foil and bake for 25 minutes or until heated throughout.

This is Mexican lasagne to me, but it is good.  The tortillas sop up the moisture and turn soft. 

Both of his casserole cookbooks are due back at the library today so perhaps that will be that for him and his girlfriend until winter....

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