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Friday, October 31, 2008
Casserole Challenge & Giveaway


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Recently, I was contacted and asked to pass on news about Velveeta's Casserole Challenge. Five bloggers are participating in the challenge. Click the logo above to meet all five and visit their sites. The winner will be decided by voting between October 30th and November 23rd. You can also enter their essay contest to win some great prizes. The challenge is to make a casserole in a 13"x9" pan for under $20.00.

In the spirit of full disclosure, I received a Le Creuset casserole pan and six coupons for free Velveeta (up to $9.00). The casserole pan is now in my refrigerator with leftovers, but the coupons will go to six of you.

My casserole is a work in progress, but I'll share the my results with you. The background information on this recipe lies in my past life as a restaurateur. My family had a couple of fast-food style Mexican restaurants in southern Alabama and northwestern Florida during the early 90s. One of our best selling items was called the Mucho Burrito. I took the basic ingredients of that burrito and am turning it into a casserole.

Always begin with a cute assistant.

First, I made the queso. Cube one pound of Velveeta, add 1/2 cup of milk,
1/2 can of condensed tomato soup, and 1/2 cup of salsa.

Heat over low until cheese is melted.

Brown one pound of ground beef with one cup of onions. Add taco seasonings and water according to package directions. I did this the night before. This allowed me to degrease it more by removing the orange chunks of solidified grease. Heat with one can of your favorite refried beans.

Pour half of the bean and beef mixture into your casserole pan,
and top with diced tomatoes.

Cover with queso.

Add a layer of flour tortillas, and cover with the remaining meat. Now here is where I went wrong. I decided there wasn't room for another layer of tortillas. I was wrong. I covered the rest of the meat with the queso and put it in the oven. I should have put another layer of tortillas between the meat and the queso. The flavor was great, but it came out a little soupy. I want to try this again with another layer of tortillas. I'd also like to try it with tortilla chips, instead of tortillas. The chicken burrito was always very popular, too.

For a bonus, I'm including my Spanish rice recipe. It's a variation of what my mother would make when I was a child.

Saute the 1 1/2 cups of rice and 1/4 cup of onions in vegetable oil until the rice is translucent and slightly brown. Watch carefully as it burns easily.

Pour can of tomato sauce into measuring cup, and add water to make 3 cups of liquid. Add this, 2 teaspoons of chicken base, and peas. Bring to a full boil. Cover, and turn stove to low. Simmer for 25 minutes.

This is what you do when your casserole is too runny. Grab
another tortilla, heat to soften, and make it a burrito.

The advantage of the burrito is you can put your cold veggies inside before you wrap it.

I'll be trying some different variations of this. Let me know if you do, too.

Leave a comment if you'd like to win up to $9.00 of free cheese.

Mucho Burrito Casserole

1 lb of Velveeta cheese
1/2 c milk
1/2 c salsa
1/2 can condensed tomato soup

Add all four ingredients to a saucepan. Heat over low until cheese is melted and ingredients blended.

Meat & Bean Filling
1 lb ground beef
1 c chopped onions
1 pkg low-sodium taco seasoning
1 can refried beans

Brown ground beef & onions. Add taco seasonings and water according to package directions. Add refried beans, and mix.

1 pkg flour tortillas
diced tomatoes
shredded lettuce
sour cream
sliced black olives

Preheat oven to 350. Pour half of meat & bean filling into a 13"x9" casserole. Add a layer of diced tomatoes. Ladle queso over the top, and cover with a layer of tortillas. Add remaining meat, another layer of tomatoes, and queso*. Place in oven for 25 minutes.

Serve with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, and black olives.

*I'd add another layer of tortillas between the last layer of meat and queso next time.

Spanish Rice

vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups rice
1/4 cup diced onions
2 teaspoons chicken base
1 can of tomato sauce, plus water to equal 3 cups
1 cup peas

Saute rice and onions in vegetable oil until rice is translucent and slightly brown. Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a full boil. Cover, lower heat, and simmer for 25 minutes.

UPDATED: I made it a sticky post.

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Blogger AmandaK said...

That Mucho Burrito Casserole sounds extremely yummy!! I might have to try that one night. And of course, i'd love to win some free cheese!!


Blogger Kristen said...

I love that your recipe contains so many items I already have around the house. I can't wait to try it!!

Blogger Angela said...

I'm going to try this recipe-my mouth is watering now! Thanks for sharing.

Blogger Hil'Lesha said...

Very yummy recipes..and pictures!

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Blogger Brynna said...

Thanks for sharing the recipes! And can I just say that I LOVE when I get to see pics with them? That makes a huge difference to me whether I even bother trying or not. And I'm definitely liking the looks of this one! :) Going to print off your recipes right now! Thank you!!

OH wow that recipe sounds so so so yummy! I have a perfect little assistant myself, and yours is SO adorable! ;) ty for the chance to win :)

Blogger Joy said...

OH man I'm so hungry now! My husband is a cheese freak. Seriously! I saw your giveaway and knew I had to enter for his sake! Ha ha!

Blogger Amber said...

The recipe looks great - love the photos!! So yummy looking. Please enter me to win the cheese!

Blogger Colleen said...

You're making me hungry.

I can always use free cheese.


Blogger koopermom said...

This looks delicious! and your assistant is too cute!

Blogger Annabelle said...

Oh wow, that looks really yummy!!

Blogger cdziuba said...

Your photos have my mouth absolutely watering. I'd love to win ! Thanks for this nice giveaway. cdziuba@aol.com

Blogger Wendy said...

Those are some great recipes!! I have one I'd like to share with you. It's called Cabbage Patch Casserole. It's quick and easy to fix. Even those who dont like cabbage like this casserole!

1 Med head of cabbage
2T water
1/2 t salt
4 strips crisply cooked and crumbled bacon
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
1/2 C Velveeta
1/2 C Milk
1 C French's dried Onions

Chop the cabbage into small pieces. Place in 2-qt casserole along with 2T water and 1/2 t salt. Microwave on high 10-12 minutes, rearranging cabbage after 5 minutes. Drain off liquid.

Mix together 4 strips of crisply cooked and crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese soup, Velveeta, and milk until well blended. Pour over cooked cabbage and mix thoroughly. Put it all into a 13X9 baking dish and sprinkle with the dried onions. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until lightly bubbling around the edges. Enjoy!!

Blogger Michelle said...

That looks pretty yummy.

Blogger Laura said...


Blogger Katie said...

That looks yummy! Thanks for the great giveaway!
katiellloyd at yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like a true Sweet Potato Queen, I love ANYTHING made with cheese. And bacon. Can't forget the bacon, world's most perfect food. I could probably eat a cat turd if you covered it with cheese and bacon. Gawd, I hope I win this Velveeta prize. I'd be in a cheese coma in a week.

Blogger Theresa said...

Mmmmmm, cheese. I LOVE cheese. Wow, now I'm craving cheese. ^^ And of course you can't do without that extremely cute assistant!

Blogger Ashley said...

I would love to win this. Paula Deen has a great fudge recipe that uses Velveeta. I've been dying to try it.

Blogger LadyBug-Kellie said...

Oh wow yummy!!! That dish looks so good! Can you just ship that too lol? I love velveeta - so creamy!!

Blogger Wendi said...

Sounds yummy! That would be a hit for a pitch in.

Blogger Kimberly said...

They all look sooooooo good!!!!! I'm drooling all over my keyboard. LOL!!!!

Thanks for a great giveaway! Cheese is always good!

HunnyV "at" Optonline "dot" net

Blogger Elizabeth F. said...

You're never going to believe this...but I've never tried Velveeta! (gasp!) I'd lvoe to give it a try for free. Thanks.

Blogger the schros said...


Blogger Reeva said...

Thanks for hosting such a generous giveaway! I hope i'm the lucky winner. :)

Blogger Tiffany said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I always find recipes for Velveeta, but I never have it on hand.
give_me_a_latte at yahoo

Blogger michelle said...

Thanks for presenting your recipes. I would love to be entered in your giveaway.

michelle at northofthe49 dot com

Blogger Bebemiqui said...

I make my tuna fish cassarole w/ Velveeta and it's amazing!

Blogger Jennifer said...

Wow that casserole looks really good! Thanks so much for the giveaway!


Blogger Kiy said...

I have tried to read this post numerous times, but I keep getting stuck at "Always begin with a cute assistant". Oh gosh, pic's of Sera still just melt my heart. And I have to say, that one is just as sweet as can be.

Don't put my name into the drawing (we aren't really Velvetta fans). I just wanted to comment on Sera's delightful picture.

Cheers, Kiy

Blogger amyd29 said...

looks yummy,maybe I will make it this week!We love cheese!

Blogger D said...

Wow! That looks great. I think I'll make that tonight.
How do you like your Le Creuset casserole pan? I must admit, I covet the dutch oven. But at 250.00 I can keep on coveting!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are making me soooo hungry!


Blogger TXsunlover said...

Wow! That looks really good and now I'm hungry! I'm going to try your recipe this weekend. Oh, and you do have a really cute assistant!
Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway!
proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

Blogger Katie said...

That looks really yummy. I will have to try it I am sure my family will love it thanks

katie_mmartin at yahoo dot com.

Blogger KISSaholic4life said...

Looks yummmmmy! I wanna win cheese!

Blogger jnmacdonald said...

I love queso so I'll have to try the recipe (with extra tortillas).

Blogger Amity said...

Your recipe sounds super yummy..I will have to try it :-)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good looking recipe!

I'd love to win the velveeta.


Blogger Sandra said...

Wow, great recipe. I would love to be entered.

owatz (AT)telus (DOT) net

Blogger Carolyn said...

Those recipes sound great. My sons favorite is my version of chicken enchiladas, I just cook chicken and shred it, roll them up with some shredded cheeses and cilantro, place in pan and pour enchilada sauce over them, add more cheese on top and cilantro, cover and bake. Sure puts a smile on his face.

thanks for sharing.

ceashark at aol dot com

Blogger Amber said...

Looks yummy! You have an adorable assistant, too.
Thank you for the giveaway! :)

Blogger Ebie said...

i love queso w/ velveeta, occasionally i will eat it as a meal, which is not healthy but yummy

Blogger Qtpies7 said...

I would like to try your burrito recipe, yum!
My hubby is a big Velveeta lover.

Blogger kamewh said...

The Burrito Casserole sounds SO good!! YUM!! I love cheese!!

Thank you for the great giveaway!

kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Blogger Kristan said...

your queso looks amazing!

Blogger Sandy said...

yummy I am in- thanks- please enter me thankyou..mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

Oooo, I'm going to be trying this. Yum.


Blogger Storm said...

I am drooling! I'll have to make your recipes, we love everything with cheese here (and buy a lot of Velveeta, so it would be nice to win this!)

Blogger Suzie G. said...

Looks delicious and I love your little chef.

Blogger Becca said...

I absolutely love Velveeta cheese, thanks!

Blogger redpolkadotsgirl said...

sounds super yummy! I need to try.

Blogger jenna said...

We love Velveeta in this house! Count me in, please!
frog123 (at) cyipcom (dot) net

Blogger paula h said...

It looks really good. I do a lot of Mexican Style cooking. I'll have to try this.

hafner611 {AT} gmail {DOT} com

Blogger Lalycairn said...

Your casserol looks really good! I know someone else who entered tht contest with Cheesy Shrimp something or another. :)

You just made me hungry for burritos. LOL

Thanks for the giveaway!

Lalycairn (at) gmail.com

Blogger Jenna Z said...

Ooh, I'm so hungry right now! Must go home for lunch!

Blogger Tamara said...

Thank-you for the delicious recipes. I'm going to make the Mucho Burrito Casserole Saturday. The fried rice looks so good too.

Blogger Lia said...

Cheese is always great. If you say cheese i'll dive over the coffee table for it:)

Blogger Bonnie in FL said...

looks yummy Will have to try it

Bonnie in FL

Blogger bren j. said...

well if I win free cheese, I'm coming back for that recipe - it looks delicious! I think we'll put the rice recipe on the menu for next week.

Blogger Alyce said...

Wow, that is some great looking food! I'm hungry now.

I would love to win some cheese!
akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Blogger CC said...

We love cheese around here!

and I'm international adoptive mama too! :)

Blogger Jinxy and Me said...

This looks yummy!!! Velveeta is so great for cooking. Thanks for the giveaway!

Blogger Jesica said...

ooooh! We love cheese! I bet we'd like free cheese even better! Thanks for the chance

Blogger Jessica said...

we love cheese!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sounds great and something my family would really like. semtaylor(at)yahoo(dot)com

Blogger Reva Skie said...

You can't go wrong with queso.

Blogger Deb said...

Would love to win free cheese!

Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.

Blogger ShaunJoy said...

Your recipes look so delish! (drool, drool)


Blogger ahiltz said...

Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

Blogger Amanda said...

It sounds really yummy - I like all things cheesy!

Blogger Ginny said...

My hubby loves Velveeta!

Blogger msrodeobrat said...

i might be trying this, great recipe

Blogger mommyjen99 said...

Great recipes, I like that they are easy to make and look yummy,

Blogger toohotforturtle said...

I *heart* Mexican food

Blogger Jodi said...

Your assistant is adorable, I have been an occassional lurker since you first brought her home.

The receipe looks like something that my family will really enjoy. Thanks!


Blogger cvdmvega said...

this sounds and looks really good...thank you for offering it...cvdvega@yahoo.com

Blogger mom2boys said...

Now I have to try this recipe. Would love a coupon for some of this cheese. Thanks for the recipe and giveaway!


your recipe sounds (and looks) delicious. I'd love to win and try it with the free Velveeta.
bigfamily8 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Blogger Becky said...

I am so going to have to try this. Sounds YUMMY!

Thanks so much!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did a great job of showing the whole process through those photos! I'd love to try this recipe out.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Now, I am hungry!

Thanks for the chance to win, please throw my name into the hat!


Blogger Bender House said...

That casserole looks amazing! Thanks for the chance to win!

Blogger Robin said...

sounds yummy yes i love cheese

Blogger karen and co. said...

My cute assistant loves to help me cook too!

Blogger Emily N. said...

You can't go wrong when using Velveeta.

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Blogger Buki Family said...

that sure does look good! yum!

Blogger itsahumanzoo said...

I will definitely be trying your recipes. And your assistant is adorable! Please enter me to win some free cheese! Thanks for the great giveaway!
P.S. I’m giving away a subscription to Parents Magazine on my blog, so if you or someone you know might be interested, stop on by! :)

Blogger tlcfromtn said...

I love Velveeta! Your recipes sound great and your assistant is a real cutie! Thanks!

braaisjo at gmail dot com

Blogger sherri419 said...

I have bookmarked your site so I can come back and make your recipe.My kids love mexican food and if it has Velveeta in it, they will eat it up.

sherri419 at gmail dot com

Blogger Elizabeth Mather said...

Oh my!! I can't wait to try these recipes. My family LOVES mexican!

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