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Corn Bread Taco Bake

Recipe Source: Bettie Wedlock


1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 12-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 8 1/2-ounce package corn muffin mix
1 2.8-ounce can french fried onions
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheese


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown beef in a skillet and drain. Stir in taco seasoning, water, corn, pepper, and tomato sauce. Pour into a 7-by-12-inch glass dish or 2-quart casserole dish. In a bowl, mix corn muffin mix according to package directions, then stir in one-half can onions. Spoon corn muffin mixture around outer edge of casserole. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, take out of oven, and sprinkle cheese and remaining onions on the corn muffin topping. Bake 2 to 3 minutes.

Serves 6.

Tip: Try adding one 12-ounce can of kidney, chili, or black beans to add fiber and more flavor.

Corn and Salsa Chicken Packets

Recipe Source: Sica /

Prep/Cooking Time: 35 min


4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
4 sheets heavy duty aluminum foil(12-inch x18-inch ea)
2 cups frozen whole kernel corn(can use canned corn)
1/2 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup thick & chunky salsa
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 450. Center chicken breast on each foil sheet.

Top with vegetables. Spoon salsa evenly over chicken and vegetables.

Bring up sides of foil and double fold. Double fold ends to form 4 packets, leaving room for heat circulation inside each packet.

Place packets on cookie sheet and bake for 26-30 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked or internal juices run clear. (internal temperature should read 170).

Place contents of packet into individual serving plates. Sprinkle with cheese.


Recipe Source: Janae’ /

Also known as “Mexican Haystack”

Prep/Cooking Time: 5-10 min


1 (16 ounce) bag Fritos corn chips
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 cup cheese
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 head lettuce
1 (16 ounce) carton sour cream
1 (16 ounce) can olives


Heat refried beans. Grate Cheese. Shred Lettuce. Layer and serve.

Serves 8.

Clean the Freezer Soup

Recipe Source: Alicia Ross /

From Alicia:

When I came home from the publicity tour, I didn’t have a clue what was in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer. So I took stock. What I found was a bunch of half-used and nearly-used bags of everything in the freezer and not much of anything anywhere else. Time for Clean the Freezer Soup.

Cook’s Notes:

How fast you can make this soup depends on how fast you can clean your freezer, but assembly should take no more than 10 minutes of actual effort. Anything goes in this soup, except do not use broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts or frozen spinach.


8 ounces frozen extra-lean meat, such as round steak, hamburger or chicken
6 cups assorted frozen vegetables, such as corn, peas, beans, potatoes, carrots
3 cups water
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) nonfat chicken broth
1 1/2 cups bottled spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) crushed or stewed tomatoes, optional
1 cup (1 large) onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon reduced-sodium chicken-flavor bouillon crystals (or 1 cube), optional


Put all ingredients in an electric slow-cooker (3-quart or larger). (If freezer vegetables do not include potatoes, you can add 1 1/2 cups fresh potato cubes.)

Cook on low heat overnight or for 8 to 10 hours. When the soup is cooked, remove any large pieces of meat and shred them. Return meat to pot and stir. Soup keeps refrigerated for several days.

Makes 8 servings (1 1/2 cups each).

Apple Empanadas

Recipe Source:


8 c. sliced apples
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
1 1/2 tsp. apples spice
3 tsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. butter


6 c. flour
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. apple pie spice
1 c. shortening
Warm water


Filling: Bring all ingredients to boil for 45 minutes until apples are soft. Add cornstarch in 1/2 cup water to thicken. Add butter, cool before making empanadas.

Dough: Make dough like you would for flour tortillas. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Make balls, smaller than for tortillas, (smaller than a golf ball). Roll out to 4 inch diameter. Put filling in center, fold one side over. Press sides with fork to seal. Place on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until done.

Pineapple Empanadas

Recipe Source:


6 c. flour
2 c. butter flavored Crisco
8 to 10 oz. Coke, at room temperature


1 (16 oz.) jar pineapple preserves
4 to 5 tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 c. sugar


Bring filling ingredients to boil.

Mix flour and shortening together. Make sure shortening is well mixed. Add Coke, gradually mix well. Make dough into balls, according to the size of empanadas you want and press ball using tortilla press. Press around edges after filling has been added. Bake in ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees. Sugar the empanadas as soon as they are done.

Makes 4 dozen.

Fajita Casserole

Recipe Source: & White Lily Foods


1 can (15.5 ounces BUSH’S BEST Chili Magic
1 pound lean top round steak, cut into 1″ strips
1 small onion, cut into strips
1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
9 (6-inch) corn tortillas, cut into one-inch strips
1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese


Preheat Oven to 350° F. Drain Chili Magic, reserving the liquid. Pour the drained liquid over the steak strips. The steak may marinate for up to 24 hours or use immediately.

Pour the liquid and steak into large skillet. Cook steak, onion, and peppers over medium heat for 12 to 15 minutes or until steak is done.

In large bowl, combine drained Chili Magic and sour cream.

In lightly greased 9×13-inch baking dish, layer 1/3 of tortilla strips. Layer with half of steak mixture, half of bean mixture, and 1/3 of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortilla strips. Spread with salsa. Bake for 25 minutes. Sprinkle top with remaining cheese. Bake 5 more minutes.

Makes 8 servings.

Emergency Substitutions

For: 1 Tbsp fresh herb
Use: 1/3 to 1/2 tsp dried herb (of the same kind)

For: 1 clove garlic
Use: 1/8 tsp garlic powder

For: 1 egg in baking
Use: 1 tsp cornstarch plus 1/4 cup water

For: 1 whole egg
Use: 2 egg yolks plus 1 Tbsp water

For: 1 cup whole fresh milk
Use: 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water, or 1/3 cup dry milk plus 1 cup water

For: 1 cup buttermilk
Use: 1 cup plain yogurt, or 1 cup sour milk (4 tsp white vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup — let sit for five minutes before using)

For: 1 cup sour cream (in baking)
Use: 7/8 cup buttermilk or sour milk plus 3 Tbsp butter

For: 1 cup sour cream (in salad dressings, casseroles)
Use: 1 cup plain yogurt or 3/4 cup sour milk plus 1/3 cup butter

For: 1 cup cream
Use: 1/3 cup butter plus 3/4 cup milk

For: 1 cup corn syrup
Use: 2/3 cup granulated sugar plus 1/3 cup water

For: 1 cup brown sugar
Use: 1 cup granulated sugar plus 2 Tbsp molasses

For: 1 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
Use: 1 cup granulated sugar, packed

For: 1 cup margarine or butter (in baking or cooking)
Use: 1 cup hard shortening or 7/8 cup vegetable oil

For: 1 square unsweetened chocolate
Use: 3 Tbsp cocoa plus 1 Tbsp oil

For: 1 ounce semi-sweet chocolate
Use: 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate plus 4 tsp sugar

For: 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
Use: 1 cup bread crumbs

For: 1 cup cake flour, sifted
Use: 7/8 cup all purpose flour, sifted (1 cup minus 2 Tbsp)

For: 1 tsp baking powder
Use: 1/3 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tarter, or 1/4 tsp baking soda plus 1/3 cup sour milk

For: 1 Tbsp cornstarch for thickening
Use: 2 Tbsp flour

For: 1 Tbsp flour for thickening
Use: 1 1/2 tsp corn flour, arrowroot, potato flour, or rice flour; or 2 tsp tapioca

For: 2 Tbsp tapioca for thickening
Use: 3 Tbsp flour

For: House seasoning
Use: Equal parts kosher salt, black pepper and garlic powder. (This of course will vary from house to house, simply adjust to your tastes!)

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe Source: Star Pooley /

Prep/Cooking Time: 40 Min


1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed chicken broth
1 1/4 cups water
1 cup whole corn kernels, cooked
1 cup white hominy
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cut into bite-sized pieces
crushed tortilla chips
sliced avocado
shredded Monterey Jack cheese
chopped green onions


In a medium stock pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté onion and garlic in oil until soft. Stir in chili powder, oregano, tomatoes, broth, and water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.

Stir in corn, hominy, chilies, beans, cilantro, and chicken. Simmer for 10 minutes.

Ladle soup into individual serving bowls, and top with crushed tortilla chips, avocado slices, cheese, and chopped green onion.

Spanish Rice Original

Recipe Source: DivaDee /

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 Hr 15 Min


1 cup chicken broth
1 cup tomato sauce
6 slices bacon
2 onions, diced
1 cup uncooked white rice
2 tomatoes, diced
2 green bell peppers, diced
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste
1 (10 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained (optional)
1 (10 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (optional)


In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken broth and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil while cooking the following.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until evenly brown. Chop bacon, and set aside, reserving the bacon fat. Add onion to skillet, and sauté until tender. Stir in rice, and cook until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in boiling chicken broth and tomato sauce. Add diced tomatoes, green peppers, and chopped bacon. Season with chili powder, salt, and pepper. Cover, and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in black olives and corn.

Diva’s Note:

If you are going to double the recipe (I usually make a doubled recipe), use the same amount of bacon strips and oil, and keep to 1 can of olives and 1 can of corn, double all other ingredients.

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