Mexican-style casserole

This stuff will kill you, but you won’t care.  It’s intense, dense, and more-ish. I’ve never really settled on one definitive recipe. It’s more about what’s in the house when the craving hits.

Resist the temptation to add more ingredients, because your casserole will overflow, unless you have extra casserole dishes.  Except definitely add more cheese…there’s never really enough cheese on top.

In the bottom of a deep, greased casserole dish, spread evenly:

3 cups coarsely crushed *restaurant-style corn chips (quick and dirty)
1c beer, stock, or water
OR
2 cups corn meal mush (1c yellow corn meal boiled a bit in 1-1/2c water and 8 T butter)
i.e. polenta (tastier)

*If you live in the States, this means rather thick, greasy triangular chips that are often not as shattery-crisp as, say, a Dorito. Someone always brings some to my house for a party, and nobody eats them, because all they’re good for is dipping into salza before the real food comes.

Spread or pour the following layers over the corn-product layer, one layer per ingredient:

La Preferida no picante chorizo

1 lb cooked chorizo, drained and crumbled, including the grease
1 can refried pinto beans
1 or 2 cans chopped green chiles
1-1/2 lb or more shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese (with or without jalapeño pepper bits)

Bake for about 45 minutes at 350o or until all layers are heated through, the corn chips (if you’re using chips) have absorbed all the liquid, and the cheese on top is melted and crusty and browned.

This hearty casserole keeps well, freezes and reheats well, and gets spicier with time, especially if you use jalapeño jack cheese.  I wouldn’t worry about that.  You won’t have leftovers for more than two days unless you live alone, in which case, make a will.

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The only character I’ve ever written who cooked as much as Pog does in Coed Demon Sluts: Pog is Daisy, the Italian-American heroine of Fools Paradise. Sample Daisy’s story here or buy it at your favorite store. Book View CafeAmazon,  Kobo, Nook, or iTunes

About Jennifer Stevenson

Jennifer Stevenson’s Trash Sex Magic was shortlisted for the Locus First Fantasy Novel Award and longlisted for the Nebula two years running. Try her fantasy series Hinky Chicago, which is up to five novels, her paranormal romances Slacker Demons, which are about retired deities who find work as incubi, or her women’s fiction fantasy series Coed Demon Sluts, about women solving life’s ordinary problems by becoming succubi. She has published more than 20 short stories.

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