Sunday, April 19, 2015

Old Dave's Tijuana Surprise

This is a great casserole dish that can be done on a cooker/smoker or even in your oven but I think it is best in an outside cooker with a clean burning fire for that great light smoked flavor. Since everything is cooked that goes into this casserole, it can be cooked from a low of about 250 degrees to a high of 375 degrees so it will work in about any type of equipment.

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Here are the ingredients and this dish is an "artery slammer".

2-16oz packages of ground beef
1-med white onion finely chopped
2-envelope taco seasoning mix
1-1/4-cup water
1-16oz jar taco sauce (medium heat)
12-18 six inch flour tortillas
4-5 cups cheddar cheese
1-31oz can refried beans
24 oz sour cream
1-cup green onions
2-2oz cans of sliced black olives
Jalapeno slices

You can adjust the heat in the recipe by using the hot taco sauce and also by the addition of some cayenne pepper if you wish.

In skillet, add a little oil and then the finely chopped onion and cook for a few minutes. Then add the ground beef and cook until is is all browned up a little, and drain off the grease. Stir in the taco seasoning, any type of heat (cayenne pepper) that you want and water. Then add the taco sauce and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until it is slightly thickened.

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Spray Pam on the bottom of either a 14X10 or 13X9 oven dish and then cover the bottom with 4-6 (6") tortillas tearing them into pieces if necessary. Add about half of the meat mixture on top of the tortillas and spread it around.

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Then sprinkle on about one cup of the cheese. Layer with 4-6 more tortillas and spread the refried beans out as even as you can get them.

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Then add the sour cream on top of that evenly. Sprinkle with the green onions and also the drained black olives.

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Layer another round of tortillas on top. Cover with the remaining meat mixture.

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Add a layer of jalapeno slices.

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Finish up with the balance of the cheese and it is ready for the fire.

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I fired up the Green Mountain Daniel Boone grill and brought the temp up to about 325 measured at the cooking grid and let it warm up for about 10 minutes to be sure it was running clean.

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I placed this casserole in the smoker and cooked it to an internal of about 140-150 degrees and then let it cool for about 10-15 minutes before cutting and serving. The cooking time was about 75 minutes. This recipe will serve about 12 folks or 6 hungry men.

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If using a kitchen oven, use a temp of about 375 degrees and it should take about 40 minutes but if you can, check the internal and pull at about 140-150 degrees.

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Let the casserole cool for a short period before cutting it up.

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Serve and enjoy.

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