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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Beefy Nacho Cassrole ala ~DKBB~

Beefy Mexican Casserole ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe from The Wanderlust Kitchen)

1 bag tortilla chips or Fritos -OR- substitute with a masa harnia crust*
½ c. butter, melted
1 medium onion, diced
1 large red bell pepper, diced
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 lb. lean ground beef
½ to 1 can black beans, drained
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. smoked paprika
1 to 2 tsp. cumin
1 to 2 tsp. turmeric
1 to 2 tsp. Mexican oregano
¼ to ½ tsp. ground cayenne pepper
1 16 oz. jar salsa of choice
1 sm. can green chilis
1 c. cheddar cheese, shredded
2 c. pepperjack cheese, shredded
1 2.2 oz can sliced or diced black olives, if desired
3 large green onions, thinly sliced
¼ c. chopped cilantro, if desired

Chips Crust
  • Heat oven to 375° F.
  • Place tortilla chips or Fritos in food processor and pulse into fine crumbs; pour in melted butter and continue to pulse until well combined.
  • Press into bottom of 9x13 baking dish; bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown; set aside to cool a bit.

 *Masa Harnia Crust
½ c. butter, softened
c. masa harnia
¼ c. water
1½ c. frozen corn, thawed (I prefer petite white corn)
¼ cornmeal
c. sugar
2 Tbsp. whipping cream
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. baking powder
  • Heat oven to 350° F.
  • In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy; add masa harina and water; mix well; add frozen corn and mix well (if desired, you can run the corn through a food processor to grind it up a bit).
  • In separate bowl combine cornmeal, sugar, cream, salt, and baking powder; add to corn/flour mixture and stir to combine.
  • Press into a 9x13 baking dish; bake 15 minutes; set aside to cool a bit. 

  • In large skillet, brown the hamburger, adding in onion, peppers, and spices; cook, stirring to break up the hamburger into small clumps, until the peppers are soft and the meat is no longer pink; drain off excess fat.
  • Pour the salsa into a large bowl, adding the black beans, green chilis, meat mixture, 1 c. of pepperjack cheese, ½ c. cheddar; mix well.
  • Scrape entire mixture onto the cooked crust; sprinkle remaining cheeses over the top.
  • Bake at 375° F for 30 minutes.
  • Serve with green onions and cilantro for garnishment.

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