South of the Border Casserole

I threw this casserole together for dinner tonight. It was super easy and super tasty!
(Don't ya just love the pop of color the strawberries add? Aren't I just so fancy?! Um. Yeah right!)

Here is what you'll need:
  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni
  • 1/2 cup grated jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 16 oz jar of Fire-Roasted Salsa (Trader Joes has a nice one!)
  • 6 oz can of tomato paste
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
Cook your macaroni al dente, about 7-8 minutes. Drain and rinse. While you pasta is cooking, warm up your oil in a large pan, add your garlic and saute for about a minute. Add your ground beef, brown and drain. Next, add the salsa, tomato paste, water and macaroni to your pan. Simmer for around 5 minutes to incorporate flavors. Dump the whole gosh darn concoction into a 11x7 (lightly oiled) baking dish. Top with cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Top with sour cream. Serve with a green salad.


I agree, that is one sorry looking salad! I promise to do better next time!



mysteryhistorymom said...

YUM! That looks delicious! Yes, the strawberries are the perfect pop of flavor and color- great job! Lori

Sock Monkey said...

Dropping by from sits. Wishing you a fun week.

Sock Monkey Hugs

Sarah said...

That looks so good and is making me very hungry! Want to send some over so I can try it?? Just kidding...sort of!

Thistledew Farm said...

Kim, youre meal looks right up my alley! I love a good hearty casserole! I love the daisy poem on your side bar! Thanks for visiting my site, come back often - I joined as a follower on your site.

Julie said...

This looks right up my alley..love it!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Looks yummy! And definitely something my son would love. I'll have to try it!

Terri said...

This looks so yummy!!! I will def. have to give this one a try... Have great day my friend!

Ronnica said...

Yum! I shouldn't have stopped by when I was hungry...

Molly said...

YUM - my mom is having shoulder surgery this weekend and I'm gathering recipes to plan the next week's worth of dinners for her since I doubt she'll be cooking much. :) I am totally adding this one to the menu!

Oh and I'm so happy you've been enjoying the earrings! That makes my day!

momstheword said...

Your recipes always look so yummy!

I saw your comment about Winco. I love Winco. I just wished they sent out sale flyers so I knew about their specials. If they do send them out then I am out of the area because I never get them.

I always have to go in to see what's on sale. Love the store though!

Patty said...

Your food always looks so tasty. I can't wait to have my own kitchen so I can try some of them.

Debbie said...

That looks great and sounds fairly economical too. I think this one is a keeper.

Kathy B! said...

This SO looks like something my family would gobble up. I'm going to give it a whirl as soon as we get back from vacation... You should write a cookbook!

And thanks for sending your family to my blog ;) Very kind of you!

Molly said...

I was going to try this next week but ended up making it tonight! It has wonderful flavor! And I already had all the ingredients.

Daisigirl said...

Thanks for all of the compliment everyone! I am having so much fun posting these recipes! It's really giving me incentive to try new things! :0)

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

This looks absolutely scrummy, I might just have to try it thanks.

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