Recipe: Mexican Casserole – Food Storage Style

This recipe is a family favorite of my husbands- they call it Cowboy Delight. He asked me to make it one day, but I had no Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. A few weeks ago, I had bought some powdered cheese blend in a #10 can to give a try one day and had forgotten about it. Well – I figured this would definitely be a good recipe to try the cheese in since it was mixed with so many other things. It turned out fabulously.


Cowboy Delight – Mexican Casserole

Ingredients:
1 family size package Kraft macaroni and cheese
(I used 3 C macaroni, 1/2 C powdered cheese, 6 tsp butter, 6 tsp of powdered milk)
½ lb. lean hamburger browned (use freeze-dried ground beef)
½ onion, chopped (can use dehydrated onion flakes)
1 can chili with beans
1 can tomato soup
1 T. chili powder
1 can corn
cheddar cheese, cubed (optional)
fritos (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350º. Cook kraft dinner according to directions in large pot. Meanwhile, brown hamburger with onion. Add to kraft dinner with remaining ingredients. Heat through. Pour into casserole dish and top with fritos. Cover and bake 30 minutes

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My husband actually said he thought the noodles done this way was a little yummier. I also didn’t have a can of chili with beans- so I just put in a can of red beans and chili seasoning instead. It worked out just fine. Oh and also, the butter in the macaroni and cheese can be substituted with 1/4 C of butter powder – I just skip the butter altogether, but once I gave Jodi mac and cheese without butter and she spit it out- so in case you wanted to know- you can use powdered butter in mac and cheese too. This meal could also be made without meat and cheese for a “completely” shelf stable ingredients meal.



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  • Michelle in MO

    Browned hamburger can be processed in a pressure canner and is a cheaper way to make shelf-stable ground beef!

  • Grandma Lori

    This is an old post, but I wanted to add that I made this last night and when I browned the ground beef, I threw in a handful each of dehydrated carrots and celery. I am trying to use up my old stuff (really old dehydrated carrots) and this was actually really a good way to use some.

    Love, Grandma Lori

  • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

    Great tip!

  • Lissa

    you could make 'hamburger rocks' by browning, rinsing and dehydrating ground beef, then it could have the burger and still be shelf stable. :-)

  • Lissa

    you could make ‘hamburger rocks’ by browning, rinsing and dehydrating ground beef, then it could have the burger and still be shelf stable. :-)

    • http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net Jodi – Food Storage Made Easy

      Great tip!

  • Jennifer

    I was wondering where you got the powdered cheese and butter?

    • Jodi

      Jennifer,

      We live in Utah and several of the stores here carry those. We got these when Macey’s had their food storage sale a few months back. There are some places online that sell things like that as well. Try http://beprepared.com and http://store.honeyvillegrain.com

  • Jennifer

    I was wondering where you got the powdered cheese and butter?

    • Jodi

      Jennifer,

      We live in Utah and several of the stores here carry those. We got these when Macey’s had their food storage sale a few months back. There are some places online that sell things like that as well. Try http://beprepared.com and http://store.honeyvillegrain.com

  • April

    I am definitly gonna try this..sounds so yummy. And I finally found a store here that has bags of Fritos. I’m excited!!!

  • April

    I am definitly gonna try this..sounds so yummy. And I finally found a store here that has bags of Fritos. I’m excited!!!