Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mexican Bake

If you've been a long time reader of Finding Joy in My Kitchen, you know that we don't eat very many Mexican recipes.  I love south-of-the-boarder dishes, but, Frog prince isn't a big fan.  I decided to give this dish a try because it was covered in cheese.  Frog Prince can't resist cheese!  

The original recipe is freezer-friendly and can easily be made in bulk.  I paired down the recipe to serve two, and also reduced the amount of meat in the dish.  We often reduce the meat in a recipe, allowing us to stretch our meat across more than one meal.  And, honestly, we didn't miss the extra half-pound of ground beef in the recipe.  It was a great recipe we both enjoyed.      

Mexican Bake - Adapted from Ecomomical Me

1/2 pound ground beef
1 T minced onion
1 (15-16 oz) tomato sauce
1 (16 oz) jar of salsa {spiciness of your choosing}
1 (14.5 oz) whole wheat rotini pasta
6 oz. cheddar jack cheese
~1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. coriander
1/4 tsp. oregano
salt, to taste

Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook the rotini until done.  Drain.

Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet; as you do - season with salt, pepper and minced onion.  Drain excess grease, if necessary.

Add in the tomato sauce and salsa to the ground beef.  Simmer for ~5 minutes.

Add in the seasoning, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Then, add in the pasta and stir to combine.

Pour the pasta mixture into a lightly greased 9x9 glass baking dish.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes until warmed throughout and cheese is melted.



  1. Hope he liked it! I think it sounds great!

  2. Love that Mexican food and this sounds great to me! Bet this dish changed Frog Prince's mind!

  3. I love Mexican food, but I very rarely make it..don't know why, it's just the way it is :) This sounds delcious, will definitely give this a shot!

  4. Looks easy and delicious! My two favorite things :)

  5. That looks quick, easy and delish. My kind of recipe.

  6. Yumm!!! I can't wait to try this one. I"m about to leave on vaca.. or I'd try it sooner!

  7. Looks like a great meal to stock up on in the freezer.

  8. This sounds tasty and a different change from our normal mexican dishes. I think my daughter would love this one too!

  9. I love Mexican food and casseroles! This is definitely different with the pasta but in a good, delicious way!

    I made your strawberry cheesecake ice cream - so scrumptious! I just blogged it on my baking blog and I gave you a thank-you at the end of the post.

  10. I have this bag of brown rice pasta I've been trying to think of a good way to use it, and this might be it. Well-flavored, where a little sogginess is a plus. I'll probably sub in a green veg for the beef, though.


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