Football Fiesta Casserole

Football Fiesta Casserole When Bob asked me what I was going to make for the family dinner and I told him the name of this casserole, he said “You know it’s not the Super Bowl this weekend, right?”  🙂  I told him that I was pretty sure you could make this dish anytime not just for the Super Bowl but you know what?  It would be great for a Super Bowl party, easy and tasty and meaty for all those football loving men!  This recipe also is from “My Recipes”.

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

3 (15 oz each) cans tomato sauce

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

3 (16 oz each) cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (6 0z) can black olives, drained and chopped (1 cup)

1 (9.75 oz) bag Fritos

1 pound Cheddar cheese, grated

1  Preheat oven to 350.  Saute beef over medium high heat until no longer pink, 5 – 7 minutes.  Add onion and saute for 3 minutes.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.  Add tomato sauce, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in 2 tablespoons cilantro.  (I’ll confess, I put everything in the pan – hamburger, onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and cooked it all at once and it worked just fine.)

2  Mist a deep 9 x 13″ pan with cooking spray.  Spread half the meat in the dish, then half the beans, then half the olives, then half the Fritos and then half the cheese.  Repeat the layering with remaining meat, beans, olives, chips and cheese.

3  Bake for 40 – 45 minutes, until golden and crispy on top and bubbling.  Sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

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