August 14, 2010

Spicy Mexican Style Zucchini Casserole

"This spicy dish combines fresh zucchini, rice, beans and cayenne pepper to really spice up your summer. You may wish to adjust the spices to your taste- we like it hot! Serve with tortillas on the side to scoop up all of the goodies."

 Prep time: 20 mins. 
 Cook time: 35 mins. 
 Ready in: 55 mins.
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 pounds zucchini, cubed
1 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or
to taste
1 cup cooked long-grain rice
1 cup cooked pinto beans
2 1/2 cups salsa
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar

Preheat oven to 350 F. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add zucchini and onions; cook and stir until tender, about 10 minutes. Season with garlic salt, paprika, oregano, and cayenne pepper. continue cooking and stirring until fragrant.

  Mix in the rice, beans, and salsa, cook until heated through. Mix in 1 cup of Cheddar Cheese until well blended. Transfer to a 9 x 13 inch. baking dish. and top with remaining Cheddar cheese.

 Cover the dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
 Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
"Gloria Elena Gonzalez" 
an old friend from El Paso, Texas

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