Diane Prather

Diane Prather

Diane Prather: A 'Dorito Casserole' to please the whole family

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— This past weekend, I fixed a Mexican casserole that I've made a couple of times before. Our son's family was here for the weekend, and the casserole was gobbled up in a hurry.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease the bottom of a 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish.

To make "Dorito Casserole," you'll need these ingredients: A bag of Dorito chips, 1 regular-size can of ranch beans, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, 1 can red enchilada sauce, 1 package shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese mix, 1 pound ground beef, 1 chopped medium onion and 1 minced clove of garlic.

Brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until the meat is no longer pink. Then add the beans, mushroom soup, enchilada sauce and mix well. Simmer for a few minutes while you prepare the baking dish.

Crush up some Dorito chips and cover the bottom of the lightly greased pan with them. Remove the meat mixture from heat and spoon about half of it over the chips. Cover this with a layer of cheese, followed by another layer of crushed chips and more meat mixture. Top with more cheese.

Bake uncovered until heated through and the cheese is melted and bubbly, or about 30 minutes.

Serve with salad or casserole toppings such as shredded lettuce and chopped tomato.

While I made the casserole, I didn't have any red enchilada sauce so I used the mild green enchilada sauce, and it was good.

The next recipe is a good one, too. For it, you'll need nacho cheese tortilla chips. To make "Nacho Pie," first preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 9-inch pie plate.

The ingredients are: 4 cups coarsely-crushed nacho cheese tortilla chips, 1 pound ground beef, 1/2 cup chopped onion, salt and pepper to taste, 1 regular-size can chili beans, 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce and 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Place chips in the pie plate. In a skillet, brown the ground beef with the onions. When meat is no longer pink, drain. Season with salt and pepper.

Spoon meat mixture over the chips. Top with the beans, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered for about 15 to 17 minutes or until heated through. The recipe makes about four servings.

A couple weeks ago, I featured "Kickin' Cajun Dirty Rice," which came from the Colorado Beef Council. Yesterday, I remembered to buy a package of Cajun Dirty Rice mix, which was on sale for less than a dollar, so I could make the recipe for supper.

If you want to make an inexpensive, quick meal that's tasty, this is the recipe for you. Serve with a green salad or vegetable.

Some of my readers are looking for diabetic recipes. If you have any you'd like to share, call me at 824-8809 or write to me at Box 415, Craig, CO, 81625.

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