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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Mexicali Bake

What do you call a dish that is mixed all together and put into a pan and cooked in the oven?

Do you  call it a Hot Dish, Casserole, a Bake.....

In our house, my husband doesn't like the word Casserole for some weird reason, so I always call them Bakes.. Chicken Bake, Macaroni and cheese bake, tuna bake.... you get the idea.... well here is my Mexicali Bake... I came up with this recipe one day when I needed to take something to a pot luck at church.  I searched through my cupboards late Saturday night, forgetting all about the pot luck the next day, and came up with this dish with what I had on hand.  It turned out wonderful, and I have been making it ever since, and passing the recipe off to all those who have asked.

Mexicalli Bake    serves 6-8          

1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 medium can tomato sauce (or 2 small)
2 cups cooked ground hamburger
1 pkg. chili seasoning (dry) or 1 pkg. taco seasoning
1 can Olives drained
1 can corn drained or 1 cup frozen corn
1 can Red kidney beans , rinsed and drained or a can of black beans
1 can Rotel, tomato and green chilies
1 box spiral noodles
2 cups shredded cheese
dash garlic
dash onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

heat: sauce, seasonings, meat, in large sauce pan.
Cook pasta, and drain.
Grease a casserole with pam.
Place noodles in casserole pan.
Add olives, corn, kidney beans, Rotel tomatoes, to sauce and pour over noodles,
Lightly stir to mix. Sprinkle cheese over top,

Bake 350 For 30 min, or until cheese melted and heated thoroughly.

Great for potlucks, and for cold winter nights, serve with a green salad and maybe some tortillas chips and some of my home made salsa for a complete meal..... would be a great meal for your entertaining pleasure....  Because Food is always better shared with friends!

Make this vegetarian by leaving out the meat.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

~Alaskan Brat~


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