Category Archives: Mexican/Southwestern

Chili Noodle Casserole

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 (15 oz.) can chili
1 (14.5 oz.) can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1/4 cup taco sauce
1 (15 oz.) can corn
1 (8 oz.) package egg noodles
1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sauté the beef and onion for 5 to 10 minutes, or until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain fat. Add the celery, chili, tomatoes, taco sauce and corn. Heat thoroughly, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, prepare the noodles according to package directions. When cooked, place them in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Pour the meat mixture over the noodles, stirring well. Top with the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes, or until cheese is completely melted and bubbly.

Southwestern Chicken Garden Casserole

10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed
3 small yellow summer squash, thinly sliced
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 Tbs. peanut oil
3 cups cooked chicken, cubed or shredded
12 small corn tortillas, cut into pieces
10 3/4-oz. can cream of celery soup, undiluted
8-oz. container sour cream
8-oz. jar picante sauce
4.5-oz. can chopped green chiles (do not drain)
one packet of fajita seasoning
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chopped spinach and pat dry with paper towels. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté squash, bell pepper, and onion for 6 minutes or until tender, then remove from heat. Stir in spinach, chicken, next 6 ingredients, and 1 1/2 cups cheese. Transfer to a lightly greased 9×13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese, then bake for 5 more minutes.

Creamy Southwestern Chicken Casserole

6 cooked chicken breast halves, diced
12 corn tortillas, cut into quarters
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
10 3/4-oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
10 3/4-oz. condensed cream of chicken soup
8 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
salt, to taste
cayenne pepper, to taste
2/3 C. chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, then pour in 1/3 C. chicken broth. Layer half tortilla pieces, then half the chicken, onion, green pepper, and each soup. Add a little garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and repeat layers. Add tomatoes over the top along with remaining broth. Cover with foil and bake for 45 or 55 minutes or until bubbly.

Southwestern Chicken & Rice Casserole

1 lb. chicken, cooked and cubed
3 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
16 oz. sour cream
1/2 lb. shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese
1 4-oz. can green chilies, chopped
Parmesan cheese
black olives for garnish (optional)

Spray a casserole baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer first five ingredients in the casserole baking dish, repeat until ingredients are all used, garnish with olives. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, until shredded cheese is bubbly and melted. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake for 5-10 additional minutes or until top is brown.

Mexican Chicken & Potato Casserole

1 32-oz. pkg. frozen diced hash browns, thawed
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 4-oz. can chopped green chilies, drained
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup red bell peppers, diced
1 16-oz. container sour cream
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
1 cups heavy whipping cream
8 oz. Mexican Style Velveeta Cheese, cubed
2 cups shredded Mexican Blend Cheese or shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed
2 green onions, diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9-inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

Place the potatoes in a large bowl. Stir in the onions, chilies, jalapeno, corn, beans, red peppers, sour cream, and soup. Add the chicken, cream, and cheeses; combine well. Transfer mixture to the baking dish.

Bake about 50-55 minutes or until potatoes are tender and mixture is hot and bubbly, stirring twice while baking. During the last 6-10 minutes of baking, sprinkle the crushed tortillas and green onions over potatoes and return to the oven. Remove casserole and let set 5-10 minutes before serving.

Black Bean Chicken with Rice

3 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup salsa
2 cups cooked brown rice

Combine the chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt; rub over chicken. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Stir in the beans, corn and salsa. Cover and cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until a meat thermometer reads 170°.

Slice chicken; serve with rice and bean mixture. Yield: 4 servings.

Walking Tacos

1 lb Ground Beef
1 pkt. taco Seasoning Mix
Tomato, chopped
Lettuce, shredded
Onion, chopped
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Taco Sauce or Salsa
Individual Lunch-sized Bags of Doritos

Brown ground beef, drain.
Add Taco seasoning mix according to directions on packet.

TO ASSEMBLE: Using scissors, cut a slit in the side of a bag of Doritos. Squeeze the bag to crumble the Doritos inside.

Layer taco meat and other ingredients as desired on top of crushed Doritos in the bag. Add anything else you like on your “taco,” such as black olives or jalapeno peppers. Note: You might want to use a napkin to hold the bag, since the taco meat will probably be hot at first.

Grab a fork and eat right out of the bag!

Tamales

Warning – this makes a lot! From the Haws’ kitchen . . .

Put 1 1/2 lbs Corn Husks to soak in warm water.
Prepare Meat Filling (below).
Fix Tamale Dough (below).

Drain and rinse Corn Husks.  Put tablespoon Tamale Dough on husk and spread evenly – roll husk back and forth.  Place filling in center of dough, adding small amounts to cover. Roll up husks lengthwise; tie or twist ends and fold under.

Place tamales in steamer and steam for about 1 hour.

Recipe yields about 3 dozen. You can freeze what you don’t need right away.

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Tamale Meat Filling
5 lbs Pork or Beef
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Chili Powder
3 (6 oz) cans Tomato Sauce
3 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1 cup Chili Puree
1 tsp. Salt
3 cloves Garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cup Broth
Oil

Boil meat with 1 tsp. salt until tender. Save broth.

Grind meat in grinder on coarse. Put small amount of oil or grease in deep pan. Put meat, cornstarch, chili powder, crushed garlic, chili puree, tomato sauce, and broth in skillet and simmer until thick, stirring often. Remove from heat.
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Tamale Dough
8 cups Masa Harina
1 1/3 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard
2 tsp. Salt
6 cups warm Beef or Pork Broth

Combine ingredients, mixing well until dough has consistency of thick frosting.

King Ranch Chicken

2 1/2 to 3 lb. chicken
Salt and Pepper
1 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 cups chicken broth (or bouillon)
1 (10 oz.) can Ro-Tel tomatoes
1 Tbsp. chili powder (or according to taste)
2 to 3 cups crushed tortilla chips or corn chips
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

-In 4 qt. saucepan, cover chicken with water. Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil. Simmer until chicken is done. Remove from liquid and de-bone.

-Saute onion, green pepper, and mushrooms in butter. Add soups, chicken broth, Ro-Tel, and chili powder. Mix thoroughly; add chicken and cook until it starts to boil.

-Grease 9X13 inch pan. Spread the crushed chips evenly over the bottom. Pour chicken mixture over the chips evenly and cover with grated cheese.

-Bake in 325 degree oven for 40 minutes or until cheese is browned and bubbly.

Note: I rarely have time to de-bone chicken, so I usually use boned chicken breasts (which I keep on hand in the freezer). Simply boil the chicken breasts as you would the entire chicken and cut it in bite-size pieces. I’ve also been known to substitute ground beef instead chicken and it tastes wonderful!

Chicken Chalupas

16 oz. grated Monterrey Jack Cheese
16 oz. grated sharp Cheddar Cheese
1-2 bunches Green Onions, chopped
2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
1 (4 oz.) can chopped Green Chilies
1 pint Sour Cream
1 cup sliced Black Olives
4 lg. Chicken Breasts, boiled, skinned, boned and cut into one inch pieces
12 6″ Flour Tortillas

Combine cheeses, reserve half for topping and half for filling. Divide green onions in two equal portions. In bowl, mix half the cheese, half the onions, soup, chilies, sour cream and olives. Set aside 1 1/2 cups of this mixture for topping. Add chicken to the remainder of the filling and mix well. Put 3 heaping Tbsp. of filling on each tortilla and roll. Place tortillas seam side down in a lightly oiled baking dish. Arrange tortillas in a single layer (use a second baking dish if necessary). Spread reserved topping mixture over tortillas. Cover with remaining cheeses and onions. Refrigerate overnight. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

– From Nana’s Recipe Collection