Friday, October 12, 2018

Festive Crockpot Mexican Casserole





Who doesn't love crockpot meals?  Easy to make, and delicious to eat, I think you will find this is one of the best.  I really love Mexican food, but it usually takes a lot of effort to make and serve, so I decided to try making a crockpot Mexican casserole that I could toss together and just let it cook all afternoon, and be ready to serve at dinner.  This is what I came up with, and it was instantly loved by my husband, who loves Mexican as much as I do.  Give it a try!


Ingredients:


  • 1 pound lean hamburger
  • 1 3 1/2 ounce can green chiles
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans
  • 1 15 ounce can whole kernel corn
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 14 ounce tomatoes
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups 3 cheese Mexican blend  or cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups water


Directions:


Fry the hamburger until it is no longer pink (do not overcook!)
Pour uncooked rice and water into the crockpot
Add hamburger in an even layer
Add black beans, corn, chilies, garlic, pepper and onion and stir to mix.
Crush bouillon cube and sprinkle over mixture
Add 1 cup cheese spread evenly
Pour in tomato sauce
In a small bowl, mix the black pepper, chili powder, paprika, salt, and cumin till well blended
Sprinkle spices over the mixture in the crockpot
Turn the crockpot on high and let cook for 4 and 1/2 hours
Remove lid and sprinkle the rest of the cheese over the top and re-cover
Cook for another 1/2 hour or till melted into the casserole


I serve this with tortilla chips, sour cream and non alcoholic sangria.  It never fails to please! If you have never made non alcohholic sangria, below is the recipe.  I make it because my husband is diabetic and cannot drink, but it is also great for households with kids.  Enjoy!


Non Alcoholic Sangria Recipe


Ingredients:


  • 1 apple, peeled and cut in slices
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 lime sliced with the rind on
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1 orange, sectioned
  • a handful of rinsed Maraschino cherries (or pitted fresh)
  • 3/4 cup cranberry-grape juice frozen concentrate, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 3 cups seltzer water


Directions: 


Place apple slices, cherries and lemon juice to the pitcher and stir.
Add the orange sections, and juice, the lime slices and the cranberry-grape frozen concentrate and the sugar.
Refrigerate for two hours and then add the seltzer water and stir to combine
Serve immediately

This makes a great dinner on any night, and it is guaranteed to please.  You don't even have to worry about a hangover!

Have a great weekend.


Jade    :)   

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I love serving Sangria in a clear pitcher and clear glasses, it is so pretty!  This is my favorite Sangria serving set:





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Image Credit:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/13470115@N08/5152902373/sizes/l

2 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness...I LOVE Mexican food too but I don't like cooking. I invested in a crock pot some time ago but its been collecting dust recently. Time to dust off the crockpot and try this. :-) THANKS for the inspiration!

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    1. Always glad to inspire! This recipe is a good one to start with, it is easy and delicious. You can't ask for more than that! Enjoy!

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