This week, Janis Brown, of Craig, called me. She wanted me to know that the dried green peppers we’ve been looking for can be purchased from Allison’s Pantry and are offered in bulk. Janis has turned in an order with Allison’s Pantry so she will let me know when she gets the call. Thanks, Janis.
Meanwhile, I tried a new casserole. The recipe is from a yellowed newspaper clipping that I found tucked in a cookbook. I had cut it out of a newspaper (I’m not sure which one) years ago but had never tried it. We liked the casserole.
If you’d like to make “Taco Casserole,” you will need these ingredients: 1 pound ground beef, 1 (15-ounce) can chili beans, 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce, 1 cup picante taco sauce, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, 2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips, 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup sliced green onions (with tops), 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 small tomato (diced) and a small head of lettuce (shredded).
A note about the picante sauce: the recipe apparently gets its name from picante taco sauce. However, I used regular mild picante sauce. I’m not sure if the stores carry picante taco sauce. Also, you can use a hotter sauce if you want to make the casserole spicier.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. You’ll need a 2-quart casserole. I used a 9x13-inch dish.
Cook and stir the beef until it is brown and then drain. Stir in the beans, tomato sauce, picante sauce and garlic salt. Heat to boiling. Place the chips in the ungreased casserole dish. Top with the beef mixture. Spread with sour cream. Sprinkle with the onions and shredded cheddar cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes. Top with the diced tomato and shredded lettuce. Arrange additional tortilla chips around the edge of the casserole. It makes about 6 servings.
When I went to spread the sour cream on top of the casserole dish, I found that I didn’t have quite enough to cover the top. I did the best I could, but one end of the casserole had more sour cream than the other. I’m guessing that the recipe called for a deeper casserole dish, without as much surface area on top.
This is a recipe that you can make your own. For example, you can choose to use mild, medium or hot sauce – even chili beans. You can use more onions, too.
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Copyright Diane Prather, 2013