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I couldn’t find a casserole recipe I liked, so I took ideas from a bunch of different recipes and created this.
Boil a pot of water and cook the pasta to al dente according to package instructions. Drain pasta but before you do, reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water. Set pasta and reserved cooking water aside.
Turn on oven to 350 F.
In a large pan, pan fry ground beef, onion, and green peppers over medium-high heat until beef is brown. Drain the grease from the beef mixture. Return pan to medium heat, and add garlic, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayanne, salt, pepper, and pasta cooking water. Mix well to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until slightly thicker. You want the “sauce” to be fairly loose so the casserole does not dry out in the oven. Add the drained black beans, Mexi-corn and pasta. Stir well to completely combine, and allow to heat through.
At this point, you can either make two 9×13″ casseroles and freeze one, or make one 11×17″ casserole for a larger group of people. If you are making the 9×13″ pans, top the one you are about to bake with 2 cups of shredded cheese, and leave the other plain to be frozen. If you are making the 11×17 pan, top with all 4 cups of shredded cheese.
Place pan in oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese is melty and golden brown. Serve with your choice of garnishes. Enjoy!
Now, I am not a casserole kinda gal, but when confronted with a plethora of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, I will bow to the gods of one-dish meals. I did some research from famous chefs and their versions of tetrazzini and got a good idea of where I needed to focus. Then I raided the refrigerator. My goal was to not have to purchase anything to make this meal, yet make it extremely tasty. This is the outcome.
I love couscous and could eat it in some variation nearly every day. Not everyone in my household feels this way (I won’t mention the “he” who shall be nameless). In an effort to make couscous a little bit “tastier” to some folks, I thought this quick and easy casserole might hit the spot. This would be a great side dish to any meal or if you are going meatless eat this all by itself!
Tacos … check! Chicken … check! Together in a casserole … check, check! Three of my favorite things all wrapped up into one sensational dish. And I do mean sensational. This is one easy and really tasty casserole that I will be making again and again at my house. I hope you love it as much as we do.
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!