Friday, August 26, 2011

Prize Winning Mexican Casserole Recipes

Southwestern Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

4 cups chili, divided
8 hot dogs
8 fajita size flour tortillas
16 tablespoons Monterrey jack queso dip, divided
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheddar Mexican blend cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spread 2 cups chili on the bottom of 11x7 or 13x9 baking pan.  Spread 2 tablespoons queso dip on each tortilla.  Place a hot dog on each tortilla, roll up like an enchilada.  Place tortillas seam down in baking pan.  Spread 2 cups chili over tortillas.  Sprinkle pepper jack cheese over top.  Cover will foil.  Bake 20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

 Nacho Chicken Mac & Cheese

1 (12 ounce) box mac and cheese
1 1/4 cups salsa, divided
1 (10 ounce) package frozen cooked fajita chicken strips
1 1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese
2 cups slightly crushed nacho cheese tortilla chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare mac and cheese according to package directions.  Spray a 9x9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. In baking dish, combine prepared mac and cheese and 3/4 cup salsa.  Mix well.  Microwave chicken strips for 3 to 4 minutes or until heated through.  Arrange on top of mac and cheese mixture.  Spread 1/2 cup salsa over chicken.  Sprinkle 1 cup shredded cheese over salsa.  Top with crushed tortilla chips.  Sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheese on top.  Bake 20 minutes.

One of the highlights of being at the Iowa State Fair was judging cooking competitions!    I judged sugar cookies, desserts, scones, casseroles, and bread contests.  There are fabulous cooks in Iowa and it is very hard to pick a winner.


I am really glad you don't know who makes the dishes you are testing.  As it turned out, many of my friends won or place in the contests I judged.  My friend Darrellyn, won second place in the, "Quick and Easy 5 Ingredient Casserole Contest", with the above, Southwestern Chili Cheese Dog Casserole recipe.

Visit my friends blogs!

You will love Bo and his blog,  Bo's Bowl.  Not only does he host great giveaways,  his recipes are incredible!  One visit to his blog and you will see why I faithfully follow it.

Also visit my friend Pam's blog, Pam's Midwest Kitchen Korner,  for more great recipes!  Once you read her blog, she will be your friend too!


  1. They both look and sound great and I can see why they won! Not a ton of ingredients is a huge plus! Bet you had a blast eating your way through the judging! :-)

  2. Linda what really lovely and tasty dishes!! have a nice week end! gloria

  3. This sounds great if only I could get your ingredients!!! Diane

  4. How very tempting! those recipes are all keepers for sure.

  5. They all look fiesta fabulous!
    Have a great new week
    Happy cooking.

  6. The SW Chili Dog casserole sounds wild.