Friday, January 4, 2019

On The Menu - Chalupa Casserole

From Grandma Nancy's Kitchen 
Chalupa Casserole 

The holidays are over and most of us are back to work, whether inside or outside our homes. With shorter days, time becomes more valuable than ever. Meals need to be easy and filling. And sometimes even a bit of fun. This month’s recipe is a favorite of mine (for ease) and of my grandchildren’s (for taste). Plus, it uses leftovers which is always a good thing.

Chalupa Casserole (Makes 6 servings) 
• 2-3 cups leftover chicken, beef, or turkey (shredded). (If you want to go fresh rather than leftover, you can also brown up 1 ½ pounds ground beef with a small onion and chopped green or red pepper). Remember to drain before adding to casserole.)
• 1 ½ cups corn chips crushed (I prefer original Fritos but any corn chip will do)
• 1 can creamed soup (cream of chicken for chicken or turkey; cream of celery for beef)
• 1 ½ cups of sour cream
• 2 T chopped jalapeno (from jar) with 1 T juice (optional for those who like spice)
• 2 cups shredded cheese of choice (I prefer Tex-Mex or Medium Cheddar)

• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
• Lightly butter a 13x9 baking dish and spread crushed corn chips evenly over the bottom.
• Top with shredded chicken, turkey or beef or drained ground beef.
• In a medium bowl, mix the creamed soup (do NOT dilute), the sour cream, and the jalapenos (if using).
• Pour soup mixture evenly over meat and spread to cover.
• Top with shredded cheese.
• Bake for 35-40 minutes until heated through and cheese is browned.
• Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with a salad or steamed vegetable for a filling meal.

Grandma Nancy: Nancy Fraser is the author of over 30 published romance novels and novellas. In early 2019 she will be branching out to children’s books under the pseudonym, ‘LizBeth Kelley. Her illustrator is her mega-talented granddaughter, Mackenzie. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Eye of the Pharaoh by Nancy Fraser
When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?

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