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.
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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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