Thursday, May 28, 2009

Chili Hash Brown Casserole

Last week Brad was outside working on his lawnmower when it was time to grill supper. I'm not a griller, but he insisted he was to busy to stop and I could do it. To make a long story short, I caught the grill on fire and he had to use a fire extinguisher to get it out. Needless to say, the pork chops were burned beyond recognition and I had to go inside and start all over. That's when I made this casserole. It's a Rachel Ray recipe I found on On My Menu. This was really good. I always enjoy watching Rachel Ray, but have never had much luck with her recipes. This one may have changed my mind!

2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 TBSP chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 lb. ground beef
salt and pepper
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 lb. bag frozen shredded hash browns
1 c. shredded cheese

In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over med heat. Add the onion, chili powder and cumin. Cook and stir until onion is soft. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the beef and cook, breaking up the meat, for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the beans and the tomatoes with their juice and bring to a boil. Lower heat, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. Transfer to an 8x11 dish. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the potatoes and cheese. Scatter the potato mixture over the chili. Place in oven and bake until potatoes are cooked through and chili is bubbling, about 35 min.


Julie said...

Oh my, I've been craving hashbrown casserole, and this looks super :)

Lara said...

Hehe! Now he knows better! Thank goodness you have a fire extinguisher nearby.

I've just spent the last couple of weeks experimenting with a Rachael Ray cookbook and I've definitely found some winners and losers with her recipes. This one looks great though!

the ungourmet said...

This looks great Heidi! I love Rachel Ray recipes. I have one of her 30 minutes meal cookbooks.

Jenn said...

one word = yum! I like Rachel Ray's recipes. they relatively easy to do and delicious.

Sandy said...

I have a few Rachel Ray cookbooks and I like a lot of her recipes. This looks like another good one!

teresa said...

I'm sorry to hear about the porkchops, I could totally see the same thing happening to me! This looks fantastic!

Katy ~ said...

I am sorry about your grill; I don't go near ours because I'm pretty sure I'd have the same experience as you. I'm glad no one was hurt!

Heidi, this recipe looks super super good! I'm going to have to cut down on the heat, but otherwise I think this must be sooooo good! I cannot wait to try this.

Delectable Dining said...

You had me laughing!! I can handle the gas grill, but won't dare go near a charcoal one! :) This looks like a great meal!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Oh my goodness, my family would trample me on the way to the stove to get to this! This is fantastic.

Rachel said... husband is definitely the one who grills in our house--I don't even attempt to mess with it :) This recipe sounds great...I love Rachael Ray!

Chrissy said...

Do you have a charcoal grill? I had no luck with those and now have a gas grill, which is a good thing cause I'm the griller unless we have company over and my father-in-law or my sister's husband does the grilling. Anyway, this looks yummy.

Denise said...

I actually think my kids would eat this..looks yummy

Alexis AKA MOM said...

OMGosh girlie, that is why I'm not allowed to touch the BBQ. Glad to hear it was just the chops burned.

This sounds yummy, that Rachel oh does she love her EVOO. Looks like a good one even for breakfast for the boys!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I made this the other night, talk about a HUGE hit! TY girlie :)