Overdoing it on Mexican-style casserole

cheese1This stuff will kill you, but you won’t care.  It’s intense, dense, and more-ish.  Resist the temptation to add more ingredients, because your casserole will overflow.  Except definitely add more cheese…there’s never really enough cheese on top.

In the bottom of a greased, deep 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)

Spread or pour over this, one layer per ingredient:

La Preferida no picante chorizo1 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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