December 13, 2010

"OLE JOSE" CASSEROLE


2-3 qts. boiling water
8 oz. pkg. wide noodles or lg. macaroni (which I like best)
1 lb. ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic or 1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder or cumin
1 tsp. Mrs. Dash's hot or spicy seasoning
3/4 c. green pepper (chopped in lg. pieces)
1/2 c. chopped celery
1/2 c. chopped carrot
1 can kidney beans
1 can Mexicorn
1 can Hunts Mexican style tomatoes
1 (6 or 8 oz.) can tomato sauce
1 c. shredded med. cheddar cheese

Cook noodles or pasta for 7 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm. Brown the ground beef or turkey in a large skillet, drain, add onions, green pepper, carrot and celery and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the beans (drained), corn, tomatoes and the tomato sauce (do not drain the juice off the tomatoes).

   Now add all the seasonings and heat through. Next add all the past and mix well. Place all in a very large baking dish or pan and spread the shredded cheese over all and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 to 35 minutes. Cover with foil the first 20 minutes then remove to brown cheese. You may put under broiler to brown but watch closely.Very good for patio parties and with a green salad and bread it makes a complete meal.

For quicker cooking of the carrot, celery and pepper, put in microwave for 3 minutes.

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