Jan 27, 2010

Chili Meatball Casserole

Chili Meatballs Casserole

Don’t think I ever asked if you have a weekly ‘clean-out-the-fridge’ dish as well, did I? I personally love ‘em, especially with a wind-chill factor of 3°F (- 17°C), like today. No way I’ll go grocery shopping, too much of a wuss for that.

Anyway, my dish turned out so good this time, I couldn’t not post it. Usually the vegetables that need to be used up end up in a pretty good but not so fancy soup, stew or pot pie. But this time I didn’t have much more to work with other than a can of brown beans, a can of corn, two bell peppers and some leftover salsa dip.


Here’s how you make a few basic ingredients go a long way! Don’t leave your house, just grab whatever you have stashed in your kitchen cabinet or pantry and use it.

Ingredients:

mashed potatoes
1 large onion
2 bell peppers
17oz can beans of choice
1/2 cup corn
4 tbsp salsa dip
4 tbsp ketchup
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp chili powder
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
2 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1 tsp sweet paprika powder
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp dried parsley
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp oil
1 egg
pepper
salt



Directions:

Start with a basic pan filled with fluffy mashed potatoes. This is 2 pounds potatoes, boiled in salted water and mashed with hot milk, a little butter and seasoned with pepper and nutmeg. The basic stuff.

Chili Meatballs Casserole


Season one pound ground beef with 1 tsp sweet paprika powder, salt to taste (1 1/2 tsp or so), pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 a tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp dried parsley and 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Break an egg.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Now get your hands dirty. Dig them in there, pour in 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and mix it all up.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Slightly wet your hands and form small meatballs.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



I bought this gadget for my son—who loves to help in the kitchen but whom I don’t deem old enough to handle knives—but I find myself using it to chop garlic or ginger more and more these days.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Chop a large onion and two bell peppers.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Drain your beans of choice. This can be anything from brown beans to kidney beans, white beans or any kind of mix you like.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Heat 1 tbsp oil and brown the meatballs, this will take about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Heat 1 more tbsp oil and cook the onions, bell peppers and garlic until soft.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Add 2 tsp tomato paste, 1/4 tsp (or more) ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, a 14oz can diced tomatoes, 4 tbsp salsa dip and an equal amount Heinz ketchup, 2 tsp worcestershire sauce and a tbsp dried parsley. Quite a list, eh?

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Depending on how spicy the salsa dip and chili powder were (mine were kinda mellow) add a few splashes tabasco to taste. If the sauce is too acidic, you can cut it by adding a little brown sugar. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes. Taste to see if needs salt.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Add the beans, corn and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Chili Meatballs Casserole



And the final step, throw the meatballs back in. Check the seasoning! White balance hell! If you were my expodisk, where would you be hiding?

Chili Meatballs Casserole



Transfer the meatballs and sauce to a large oven dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, draw some peaks. Grate the cheese and sprinkle it all over.

Chili Meatballs Casserole


Bake the casserole at 250F(180C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until the cheese turned golden brown and it bubbles around the edges.



I love dishes like this, simple but delicious. This was real comfort food, for adults as well as kids. Now, we like to eat chili or chili con carne with mashed potatoes, but I’m pretty sure you can easily replace the potatoes by corn bread, if you like.

Chili Meatballs Casserole

Chili Meatball Casserole
Ingredients
  • mashed potatoes
    1 large onion
    2 bell peppers
    17oz can beans of choice
    1/2 cup corn
    4 tbsp salsa dip
    4 tbsp ketchup
    2 garlic cloves
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 14oz can diced tomatoes
    2 tsp tomato paste
    2 tsp worcestershire sauce
    1 tsp sweet paprika powder
    1 tsp dried parsley
    1 tbsp dried parsley
    1/4 cup breadcrumbs
    2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
    1/4 tsp ground cumin
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    2 tbsp oil
    1 egg
    pepper
    salt
Directions
  1. Season one pound ground beef with 1 tsp sweet paprika powder, salt to taste (1 1/2 tsp or so), pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 a tsp nutmeg, 1 tsp dried parsley and 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce. Break an egg over it, add 1/4 cup breadcrumbs and mix it all up. Slightly wet your hands and form small meatballs.

    Chop the large onion, garlic and bell peppers. Drain your beans of choice. This can be anything from brown beans to kidney beans, white beans or any kind of mix you like. Heat 1 tbsp oil and brown the meatballs, this will take about 5 minutes. Remove them from the pan. Heat 1 more tbsp oil and cook the onions, bell peppers and garlic until soft. Add 2 tsp tomato paste, 1/4 tsp (or more) ground cumin, 1 tsp chili powder, a 14oz can diced tomatoes, 4 tbsp salsa dip and an equal amount Heinz ketchup, 2 tsp worcestershire sauce and a tbsp dried parsley.

    Depending on how spicy the salsa dip and chili powder were (mine were kinda mellow) add a few splashes tabasco to taste. If the sauce is too acidic, you can cut it by adding a little brown sugar. Simmer the sauce for 10 minutes. Taste to see if needs salt. Add the beans, corn and simmer for another 5 minutes. Throw the meatballs back in and check the seasoning. Transfer the meatballs and sauce to a large oven dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, draw some peaks. Grate the cheese and sprinkle it all over.

    Bake the casserole at 250F(180C) for 20 to 25 minutes. Until the cheese turned golden brown and it bubbles around the edges.
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    17 Comments »

    1. 1

      This looks really great. I agree, some of my best meals have come form cleaning out the fridge!

      Rebecca on Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:16 am Reply
    2. 2

      Jummie, dit ziet er onwijs lekker uit!

      Sandra on Jan 27, 2010 @ 10:48 am Reply
    3. 3

      OH BOY!! I want some!!

      Erin on Jan 27, 2010 @ 2:13 pm Reply
    4. 4

      That is really cold weather! I suppose people are skating on the canals…something I have always wanted to see and do.
      Recipe looks very good

      deb on Jan 27, 2010 @ 6:28 pm Reply
    5. 5

      Whatyaknow ;-) — made my own version of this today — but ya know, I think it is not going to taste as good as this looks!

      elizabethk on Jan 27, 2010 @ 11:46 pm Reply
    6. 6

      LOVE the recipes from the pantry! I’m 35 minutes from a grocery store and could make this recipe from what I have on hand. I’ve just discovered your blog and it’s SUPER! Thanks for the recipes – and great pics!

      denise on Jan 28, 2010 @ 3:57 am Reply
    7. 7

      I created a slightly different version for dinner last night, turned out absolutely wonderful. I really liked the small meatballs.

      Maria on Jan 28, 2010 @ 12:54 pm Reply
    8. 8

      I love the step by step pictures..a lot of time when im cooking i dont know what the product should look like..this really helps

      diet breakfast on Jan 28, 2010 @ 3:31 pm Reply
    9. 9

      OH MY GOSH this looks incredible!! And, it looks highly adaptable. You are awesome, Kay!

      Trish in MO on Jan 28, 2010 @ 3:42 pm Reply
    10. 10

      Oh by the way, I think it’s clever to mix the meat in the package it came in; I never thought of that! I don’t get meat like that much anymore, but when I do again, I will indeed be doing it this way. I also love these clear-out-the-fridge “go to” recipes! I have one that’s an egg-based casserole, from Elise at SimplyRecipes. THIS is my new meat-go-to!

      Trish in MO on Jan 28, 2010 @ 4:05 pm Reply
    11. 11

      I wish I had your imagination and innovation when it comes to cooking!!!

      Midlife Slices on Jan 29, 2010 @ 6:00 pm Reply
    12. 12

      This looks so good! My husband said it looks like Mexican Shepard’s Pie. Can’t wait to try it!

      Marci on Feb 14, 2010 @ 6:02 am Reply
    13. 13

      I don’t have a set schedule to clean out the fridge but whenever I know something needs to be used up, I try working it into dinner. This meal looks awesome and I love the step by step photos!

      Cookie on Mar 9, 2010 @ 12:22 am Reply
    14. 14

      Incredible indeed! Perfect for winter

      Anh on Mar 9, 2010 @ 1:26 am Reply
    15. 15

      You need to add ground beef to your ingredient list.

      Carrie on Mar 9, 2010 @ 1:29 am Reply
    16. 16

      YUM! Bookmarked!

      Memoria on Mar 9, 2010 @ 4:03 am Reply
    17. 17

      Your recipe’s ingredient list is missing the ground beef.
      This looks great. Love the new blog format!

      Blondie on Mar 22, 2010 @ 9:45 am Reply

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