It all started because I had these hash browns in the fridge that I needed to use. I've really found these as an awesome staple to have on hand. They're easy to make and my husband loves potatoes.
You mix together the hash browns and a small container of sour cream. Stir them up and put them in a baking dish. I used a casserole dish but next time I would use a 9x13 pan.
Next up brown ground beef and add some veggies - I chose corn (for my whole grains challenge with Cooking Light) and diced tomatoes.
Cincinnati Coupons I found a GREAT deal on frozen vegetables - these were actually more than free! They were on sale for 99 cents and I had a 50 cent coupon which Meijer doubled. So they paid me a penny each to buy veggies! No worries - I'm not going on coupon overload like "Mr. Coupon" in NKY from the Extreme Couponing show - but it was kinda fun to get something for free! Thanks Marci for your great site!
On my trip to Meijer I also found these Red Gold tomatoes on sale so I tossed a can of these in as well.
Ortega Taco Sauce - my Dad used it when I was a kid. It's got such a different flavor than salsa - it's a welcome change sometimes.
And voila - dinner is served. This was soooooo good! Of course - it makes a lot so I ate it for about a week with leftovers - but it was still tasty. Next time I might cut the recipe back a bit and will definitely make in a square or 9x13 pan. The casserole dish was a bit deep for this.
There you have it - the first recipe I made up that I actually liked! The nice thing is that you can change it up in so many different ways - add onions & green peppers if you like - change it up to make it more italian by throwing in some marinara rather than taco sauce - etc... The possibilities are endless!
Mexican Hashbrown Casserole
1 pkg refrigerator hashbrowns (can use frozen as well - just thaw them out first)
8 oz sour cream
1 10 oz box frozen corn or 1 can of corn, drained
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1-2 cups shredded cheese (depends on how much cheese you like)
Preheat oven to 400.
Empty refrigerator hashbrowns into a bowl and mix in sour cream. The mixture should be creamy but not at all soupy. Spread mixture into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 20 minutes.
While the potatoes are baking, brown ground beef. Add in tomatoes and corn. Stir until mixed. Spread the ground beef mixture on top of the hash browns. Bake for 20 minutes.
Top the baked dish with taco sauce - as much or as little as you like. (Could use salsa but I really like the flavor of taco sauce in this dish.) Sprinkle cheese on top of the taco sauce. Crush chips and spread over cheese. Bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.