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Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

tex mex casseroleFor a month or more I’ve not been myself. I’ve contributed it to yet another birthday, and while I’m not so ignorant to believe I’m old by any means, I do know I am older. Since my birthday in January, I’ve thrown my lower back out (a first for me), in a separate incident I have 10+ muscles in my upper back and shoulder that are angry – or so says my Chiropractor – and now I have a mean sinus episode in which I hack and gag like a 90 year old three-pack-a-day-er.

Suffice to say my family has been eating microwave meals, frozen corn dogs, hot dogs, and chicken fingers regularly. This past weekend I started feeling pretty spunky and much like my pre-January self. I decided one Saturday while my hubby and kids were working the cows all day that I would actually bake a real meal – one with a side and everything! You guessed it, this recipe is what I made. It was a first for my family, but not a first for me. I was saving it for something special because I just knew they would love it. Good flavor, nice texture, and enough spice for the men-folk without too much for my dainty flower of a girl. It was a tremendous success and we ate it happily as left overs as well.

That day I felt much like my favorite blogging, photographing, homeschooling, farm mama – The Pioneer Woman. Although I have no pictures to show you, I do have 4 satisfied smiling family members. We finished the day off sitting on the deck underneath the glow of my new lights and planters my favorite husband built for me for Mother’s Day.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2# ground chuck
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning (I always use Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 can (14oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11oz.) corn with red and green bell peppers, undrained (Mexicorn)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded colby & Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Heat oven to 350˚. Brown meat in a large skillet. While that’s cooking mix cream cheese, taco seasoning, and milk until blended. Drain meat; return to skillet. Add cream cheese mixture, tomatoes, corn, and onions; mix well.

Combine rice and ½ cup shredded cheese in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; spread to cover the bottom of dish. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese, cover. Bake for 45 minutes, or until heated through. Top with crushed chips.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2# ground chuck
  • 8oz. cream cheese
  • 1 packet (1 oz.) taco seasoning (I always use Old El Paso brand)
  • 2 T milk
  • 1 can (14oz.) fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (11oz.) corn with red and green bell peppers, undrained (Mexicorn)
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • 3 cups cooked white rice
  • 1 cup shredded colby & Monterey Jack cheese or cheddar
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350˚.
  2. Brown meat in a large skillet. While that's cooking mix cream cheese, taco seasoning, and milk until blended.
  3. Drain meat; return to skillet.
  4. Add cream cheese mixture, tomatoes, corn, and onions; mix well.
  5. Combine rice and ½ cup shredded cheese in casserole dish sprayed with cooking spray; spread to cover the bottom of dish.
  6. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese, cover.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes, or until heated through.
  8. Top with crushed chips.
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Big Mama’s Roast Recipe

big mama big daddyAs far back as I can remember we spent most Sunday afternoons eating lunch with my grandparents, Big Mama & Big Daddy. Neither of which were big. It’s only been in the last 10 or so years that we stopped. Big Daddy has since passed away, but Big Mama is still going strong at 78. I have such good memories of spending that time with my grandparents and eating Big Mama’s roast.

Each Sunday she would make roast & gravy (sometimes ham roast), rice, rolls, green beans, and some sort of salad – either pear salad, or a jello salad – nicknamed either Pink Stuff or Green Stuff – and oftentimes a dessert. Pink Stuff is A.MA.ZING. It’s a strawberry jello bottom with pineapple and a topping that would make anyone slap their mama (I’ll share that recipe later)! I don’t believe Pink Stuff has a real name but Green Stuff is technically called Watergate Salad. I was not a fan of Green Stuff, I’m still not. Leave out the marshmallows … and maybe. It was my sister’s favorite thing.

Her gravy may have been my very favorite thing. I would add gravy to a couple of rolls with some sliced roast in between (& real butter). Yeah, that was probably the beginning of the whole weight problem. It was soooooo good.

At Big Mama’s the Sunday closest to your birthday was your birthday lunch. You would get to pick everything we ate that day. Mine was roast-roast (not ham roast), rice, rolls, pink stuff, and cheesecake (no cherries). I’ve always liked her roast because it had none of those silly vegetables people put in with roast. However, you can add them to this recipe if you like silly vegetables. This recipe is easy & tasty. I hope your family enjoys it as we always have.

Big Mama’s Sunday Roast

Big Mama’s Roast

Ingredients

  • Sirloin Tip Roast
  • Onion Soup Mix - dry - 1 or 2 packs (I like 2)
  • 2 Cups water (water should reach right below top of roast)
  • Cornstarch & water for making gravy.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Place roast in a roaster pan, add water around it. Top with dry onion soup mix (it will moisten as the roast cooks and makes the best topping). Bake covered for 3-3.5 hours. (If it begins to smell too strongly, check and make sure the water has not cooked out, if it has, add more). After it is finished cooking remove roast carefully from pan and place on a platter.
  2. Gravy: Pour juices left from the roast into a skillet on med/hi. Add salt. Bring to a boil. In a separate cup mix 1 cup cold water with 2 T cornstarch, stir with fork until dissolved. Add cornstarch/water to the skillet. Stir constantly (if it looks too thick, add water). Takes maybe 5-10 mins.
  3. **I have cooked this in a crock-pot as well if you'd like to try that way.
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