July 23, 2011

From the Pantry - Chili Beef Casserole

Here's a recipe that has ingredients straight from the pantry. If I don't have an onion on hand, I use dried minced onion or I add some onion powder.  It is a hearty casserole that is very good for home and for a pot luck at church.

1 lb. ground beef (or less)
1 small onion chopped
1 16 oz. can pork n beans, undrained
1 can corn, undrained
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 cups corn chips OR cornbread batter
1/2 cup (or less) shredded cheese - can be optional

In skillet brown ground beef with onion, rinse or drain the fat.  Add the beans, corn, and chili powder.  Pour into a casserole dish and top with the corn chips OR make a cornbread batter from 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix OR do as I do and make your own cornbread batter from scratch.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.

This is one of those recipes that I always have the ingredients on hand.  When I first made this recipe about 20 years ago I topped it with the corn chips as the recipe directed.  One time I didn't have corn chips and didn't want to go to the store so I added cornbread batter and we liked it a lot better.  I also feel is is better for you without the corn chips.

You can make a lot of casseroles out of pork n beans and that is why I stock up on these during the summer when they are on sale really cheap.  I always buy a year's supply at this time. 


Anonymous said...

Is that a picture of your own pantry?

Elizabeth said...

I think I will be making this sometime this week...I have everything on hand that is needed! Please continue to post pantry meals like this...my brain has had a hard time coming up with simple inexpensive meals as of late!

Sharon said...

This sounds delicious! Is that your pantry? I was thinking of pulling together a food pantry in one part of our basement to store good deals, etc.

Martha said...

@Elizabeth: More pantry meals to come.

@Anonymous and Sharon: Yes, this is part of my pantry.

Anonymous said...

Wow it may sound silly to be impressed by someone's pantry, but you should be very proud of yours. I love your blog and you inspire me. Thank you

Elizabeth said...

I made this last night for supper and everyone loved it! Thank you so much for the recipe!

judy said...

Hmmm I think I will be making that this weekend