Tuesday, March 31, 2009


3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp. butter
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chilies
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper
1 pkg. (7-1/4 oz.) tortilla chips, crushed
2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
1 cup dairy sour cream
1 lb. ground beef
1 cup cheddar cheese

Saute onion in butter. Add sauce, chilies, cumin, salt, red pepper. Simmer 10 minutes. Layer in buttered 9 inch square pan, half of each of the following: Tortilla chips, Monterey Jack cheese, beef and sauce. Repeat once.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, about 25 minutes. Spread sour cream on top and cheddar cheese. Return to oven 10 minutes.
Makes 6 - 8 servings.



1 beaten egg
3/4 cup soft bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
24 pimento stuffed olives
1 - 16 oz. can tomatoes, cut up
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 tsp. instant beef bouillon
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. dried oregano, crushed
bottled hot pepper sauce

In a bowl, combine egg, bread crumbs, milk, salt, pepper and oregano; mix well. Add beef and pork; combine thoroughly. Shape meat mixture into 24 meatballs around the 24 olives. Set aside.

In 10 inch skillet, combine undrained tomatoes, 1/2 cup water, onion, bouillon granules, garlic, 1/4 tsp. oregano, and bottled hot pepper sauce. Bring to boil; simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.

Drop meatballs into sauce, cover and simmer about 30 minutes or UNtil meatballs are done. Remove meatballs from sauce, cover and keep warm. Skim excess fat from sauce. Boil sauce about 10 minutes to reduce mixture to 1-1/2 cups. Serve over meatballs.
Makes 6 servings.


1 lb. pork sausage
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup uncooked macaroni
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. chili powder
1 - 1 lb. can tomatoes
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
grated cheese

Lightly brown the meat. Drain off fat. Add onions and green pepper. Cook until tender. Stir in next six ingredients. Cover and simmer 20 minutes. Check macaroni to make sure it is cooked throughout. Stir in sour cream - heat throughout. Pass grated cheddar with this hot dish.

Makes 4 - 6 servings.


1 can chili beans
2 cans Italian flavored whole tomatoes, chopped
1 can Nacho Cheese soup
1/2 cup Cheez Whiz
1 lb. hamburger
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 medium onion
1 can mushrooms
1 can tomato sauce

--- TOPPING ---
Nacho chips
shredded cheddar cheese

Brown hamburger, sausage, onion, mushrooms; drain grease off. Put in crockpot with rest of the ingredients and slow cook 1-2 hours. Top with crushed Nacho chips and shredded cheddar cheese.


1 stalk celery, chopped
1/2 chopped large onion
1 chopped clove garlic onion
1-1/2 lb. venison hamburger
3 pints canned tomatoes
1/2 pkg. chili seasoning (Durkee's)
2 cans hot chili beans
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
3 tsp. chili powder
10 drops liquid smoke
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar

Brown celery, large onion, garlic onion, venison hamburger. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer all day but stir and taste often.


(Burritos baked like enchiladas with sauce and cheese)

--- SAUCE ---
3 - 8 oz. cans tomato sauce
1 10-1/2 oz. can tomato soup
1 - 16 oz. can tomatoes, chopped
1-1/2 cups water
2 - 1 tsp. chili powder, to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt

--- FILLING ---
2 tbsp. oil
2 lbs. ground round
2 - 4 oz. cans sliced mushrooms, drained
1 cup finely chopped onion
3 cups grated cojack cheese
12 flour tortillas

For sauce, blend together all ingredients in a 2 quart saucepan over medium heat; stir and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and continue 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

For filling, heat oil in large frying pan; add ground round, onions and mushrooms. Brown together. Add 1-1/2 cups of sauce to meat, stir and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Grease two 9x13 inch pans.

Spread 1/2 cup meat mixture on bottom of each tortilla and sprinkle with about 2 tbsp. grated cheese. Roll up and place seam down in prepared pans. Place 6 in each pan with at least 1/2 inch between each burro-lada.

Divide remainder of sauce and pour each half evenly over each pan; cover and bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 20 minutes. Remove cover and sprinkle remaining cheese evenly over each pan. Continue to bake uncovered 10 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand at least 5 minutes before serving. Makes 12 generous servings. Approximate preparation time: 1-1/2 to 2 hours.


1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn or 1 can No.2 whole kernel corn
1/4 cup diced pimiento
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
sweet pepper slices, to garnish

Heat butter or margarine over low heat. Add and cook until onion is transparent. Add green pepper. Add corn. Cook corn covered, over low heat, about 10 minutes, or until tender.

During the last few minutes of cooking, mix in diced pimento. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix gently. Garnish with sweet red pepper slices.

Serves 4.

SOPA SECA (Mexican Rice)

2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 large tomato, chopped
1 cup uncooked, converted rice
1 small green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 - 13 oz. can chicken broth
dash of red pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oil in a dutch oven over moderate heat. Add garlic, onion and tomato. Cover and cook 3 minutes, or until onion is soft. Add rice and cook for 2 minutes, stiffing, until rice is shiny and hot. Stir in green pepper, chicken broth, red pepper, oregano and salt. Bring to a boil. cover and bake for 20 minutesat 400 degrees


1 cup uncooked rice
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/3 cup chopped green pepper
2 tbsp. cooking oil
2 cups chopped canned tomatoes
1 cup water
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. prepared mustard
1 beef bouillon cube

Saute rice, onion and green pepper in oil until vegetables are tender. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.

Serves 6 - 8.


5 small jalapeno peppers
2-1/2 cups chili hot beans, mashed
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder

Cut off tops of peppers. Combine whole peppers and remaining ingredients in saucepan. Simmer 15 minutes, adding water if needed, to keep beans from sticking to bottom of pan. Cool mixture and remove peppers. Serve dip with fresh vegetables.

NOTE: This is a Mexican vegetable dish, but can easily be an appetizer when served with crackers.