When I read this recipe I thought I couldn’t do it. It had canned cream of chicken soup in it. I usually do not make anything with canned cream of “something” soups. I either make my own version or substitute another ingredient. But, as it nears the holidays I am less inclined to fuss and one can of cream of chicken soup never hurt anyone. Well, lets hope not.
My kids love Doritos. I think they are fairly disgusting and give me a stomach ache when ever I try to eat them. My kids know it is a treat if a bag of Doritos finds its way into my grocery cart. They loved this. Even though they both said they could do with out the beans in the casserole I only used 1/2 a can and they both ate two servings!
This was better than I thought it would be. It was a bit too spicy for my daughter so she topped it with a dollop of sour cream to cut the heat and was perfectly happy. Her spice tolerance is near zero.
Serve this with a nice hearty green salad for a complete meal.
Tip: If you only use half the tomato and bean mixture save it for another night and make a pan of quick nachos with the mixture. No waste.
- 1 1/2 – 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 tablespoon (plus or minus) chili powder
- 1 cup salsa (hot or mild – your choice)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
- salt and black pepper
- 1 (16 oz) Bush’s chili beans (mild or spicy – your choice)
- 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 2 (8 oz – 2 cup) bags shredded Mexican cheese
- 1 (10.5 oz) bag Doritos
- 8 large tortillas, cut in quarters for serving, if desired
- extra sour cream, salsa, taco sauce, guacamole, for serving if desired
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 casserole dish with non-stick spray.
- Cook ground beef, breaking into small pieces, in a large skillet until almost cooked through. Drain grease from pan. Add onion and garlic to pan. Cook until ground beef is cooked through and onions are translucent.
- Add salsa, cumin, chili powder, salt, and black pepper to ground beef. Stir well and cook for about 5 minutes to cook off some of the liquid. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
- Remove from heat and add sour cream, cream of chicken soup, and 1 cup cheese (about 1/2 a bag) into ground beef mixture. Mix and taste. Adjust spices.
- In a bowl mix chili beans, drained, and tomatoes, drained.
- Crush a couple handfuls of Doritos in the bottom of the casserole dish. Spread to cover bottom of dish.
- Spread 1/2 of the beef mixture over the Doritos.
- Spread 1/4 of the bean mixture over the meat. You can use half the mixture but it is more beans and a bit liquidy – up to you and your families tastes.
- Add a cup of cheese sprinkled over the top. Then add another layer of crushed Doritos over the cheese.
- Add another 1/4 of the bean mixture spread over the Doritos.
- Finally spread the remaining meat mixture over the top.
- Top with a cup of cheese. Spray a piece of aluminum foil with non-stick spray before covering casserole.
- Bake covered for 20 minutes. Then uncover and bake an additional 10-15 minutes until the casserole is browning and bubbly.
- Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with tortillas if desired.