For Beyond the Books this week, Karen is asking us to share our favorite foods or a recipe. In the last year, I’ve done posts on my favorite foods to eat while reading, and my love of breakfast foods. As a person who doesn’t really like to cook, my interest in scrumptious food is quite a conundrum. I am an able cook, I’m not scared of experimenting with new recipes, but I live alone and it doesn’t seem worth the time and effort for myself. When you’re only feeding one person you end up with tons of leftovers and not only did you cook it all, now you have to clean it up. I like to make things I can portion out and freeze, like making a big pot of stew or chili on a Sunday.
I grew up in Connecticut and now live in Massachusetts, but I spent the first years out of college in Texas where I picked up my love of Southwestern cuisine, Tex-Mex, or whatever you like to call it. Not for the spiciness, but for the combination of textures and flavors. I love a rice, beans and corn bowl. I am going to share a super-easy, scrumptious, re-heatable, and fast casserole. It also easily lends itself to substituting ingredients.
King Ranch Chicken Casserole – serves about 6-8
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- 1 can cream of mushroom soup
- 1/2 can chicken broth
- 1/2 can Ro-Tel tomatoes – Drain or not, your choice. (Substitute pico de gallo if unavailable.)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 dozen corn tortillas cut into 2″ pieces
- 2 cups grated cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- 1 1/4 lb cooked chicken, cubed
- Mix liquids together.
- Grease 2 1/2 quart baking dish. I’ve used both lasagna pans and oval casseroles.
- Layer in dish at least twice.
- chicken, tortillas, onions, sauce, cheese
- Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with corn bread and salad.
There are versions of this cheesy goodness floating around all over the internet. I have a friend who uses tortilla chips instead of the corn tortillas and then she doesn’t drain the tomatoes but adds a little more broth. She discovered this option when she had everything mixed and went to get the tortillas and they were gone. She substituted Cool Ranch Doritos, which the kids loved, but the adults thought was a little much.
You may want to use low-sodium soups, since canned soups contain so much sodium.
If you try this, let me know how your family likes it. It freezes and reheats well, even better the next day, like a good lasagna.
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