Thursday, August 15, 2013

#CountryCrockCasserole Post #2-Back to School Giveaway

I've been spending more time in the kitchen lately experimenting with new recipes.  What have I been making, you ask? Well, summer salads, chicken dishes, and seafood risotto, just to name a few.  Cooking is very therapeutic for me and I really enjoy it.  Since I'm apart of the Country Crock Casserole Club, I always have the opportunity to create a new dish that I would never think of preparing!


Country Crock buttery spread has 70% less saturated fat than butter and 30% more fewer calories.  The spread contains 30 calories per serving and comes in many different types.  This is a guilt free spread that will liven up your foods.  What I love most about Country Crock is that there are so many uses for the spread, why not experiment with a new way today? How about using it in a casserole dish that will become a crowd pleasing meal, or on fabulous fresh baked bread? Whatever way you use Country Crock, I can guarantee you will enjoy it.

This is my second kit as a member of the Country Crock Casserole Club.  My next and final kit will be sent out around the holiday season.  This time, I was sent a kit that revolved around back to school season.  I don't have children yet, but the school memories are still fresh in my mind.  Back to school in my opinion is parents rushing around in the beginning weeks of school meeting teachers, filling out paperwork, going to school events, etc.  It can be a busy time for most, and most moms want a quick and easy, but crowd-pleasing meal to feed their families.

The kit that I was sent featured a recipe for Mexican beef & corn casserole.  As members, we are asked to create our own spin of the recipe.  You can add in any ingredients you want to make this recipe your own, but you are not supposed to make the exact recipe featured.  The rest of the kit contained a box grater, oven mitt, turner, and Mexicorn and black beans to use in the recipe.


My second Country Crock Casserole Club kit.

Endless possibilities.


I looked over the recipe and the first thing I thought to add to the dish was rice.  Spanish rice is a classic side and ingredient of most Mexican dishes. I knew I wanted to leave out some of the ingredients like sour cream. I also planned on adding refried beans to the casserole.

I gathered my ingredients together and got to cooking.  I cooked the ground beef with seasoned salt and garlic powder, then drained it.  After that I popped the rice packet into the microwave.  I combined the black beans, Mexicorn, and rice into a bowl and poured in a little bit of salsa and refried beans. After I mixed those ingredients together, I put the ground beef into the casserole dish and poured the ingredients from the bowl on top.  I mixed everything together and then topped it off with shredded cheese.  It looked gorgeous and straight out of a magazine.  I knew waiting the 20 minutes for it to bake would be hard because my stomach was ready to eat!

I'm ready for a Mexican fiesta now!


Look how gorgeous this casserole is! I love all of the flavors together, they compliment each other so well. The casserole was very tasty and I definitely will be regularly making it.  I love how the cheese kicked up the dish a notch.  I feel like I'm transported straight to Mexico when I eat it, it's that good! My fiance fell in love with it and is now requesting I make it all the time.  He ate half of the casserole in about ten minutes.  I know moms everywhere will be happy to create a dish that takes no time to prep, and only twenty minutes to bake!

I like that you can put your own twist on this recipe because there's so much room for imagination and creation.  Whatever you do though, make sure there's enough for seconds for your family.  They will go crazy for it!




152 comments:

  1. I would add chicken and cheese and also add corn chips on top.

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  2. I would leave out the refried beans and I would probably serve over the rice.

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  3. I would add some diced red pepper and diced sweet onion to give it more veggies . I would also serve it over some romaine lettuce.

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  4. I would leave out the corn and add a can of jalapeno diced tomatoes, onions and green peppers then top with grated cheddar cheese. I'd serve the rice and refried beans on the side.

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  5. krystal wethingtonAugust 15, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    I would add chicken and lots of shredded cheese.

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  6. I would leave out the refried beans, add a can of corn, put back the sour cream and for the meat ground turkey

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  7. I would add chopped onions and use jalapeno cheese.

    suebee05@gmail.com

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  8. I would add jalapeno peppers and a cornbread topping.

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  9. I would put some black olives, cheese, and also add some diced veggies

    ssgsweeps @ hotmail.com

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  10. I would make it my own by adding my own seasonings, and some salsa and cheese. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

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  11. I would crush some tortilla chips and sprinkle (generously) on top.

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  12. I would add different types of cheese and seasonings.

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  13. I would add chicken and slice tortillas and cook them on the top

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  14. I would make this recipe my own by adding sour cream, guacamole, salsa and some jalapenos

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  15. I add cheese Green Peppers olives and mushrooms

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  16. I would use shredded chicken and cheese
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  17. To the beef, I would add cumin, coriander, red onions, while it was frying. To the rest I would add chopped cilantro, and ancho peppers. I would add farmer's cheese and chedder cheese, sour cream, chopped green onion.

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  18. instead of ground beef I'd use chorizo sausage to give it some kick

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  19. I'd use chicken instead of beef....and lots of cheese and sour cream!

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  20. I like your recipe. I would use chicken instead of ground beef and add fresh cilantro and Roma tomatoes on top after baking. YUM! Thanks for the chance :-)

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  21. We always add sliced up corn tortillas to every casserole to give it an enchilada feel. This being a "mexican" casserole, it is begging for it.

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  22. My way would be to add more cheese, and change the beans to whole beans instead of refried beans.

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  23. I would leave out the meat and make it a vegetarian dish. I would also add some green chilies to give it a little more spice.

    jennylovesjeff (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  24. jalapenos...with a Guatemalan husband I have to have the hot stuff lol... so I'd add them, some cheese and hubby also likes scallions or onions in his stuff, so to make him happy I'd add some as well...

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  25. I would trade out the beef for chicken and remove the beans.

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  26. I would use chicken instead of beef, add diced bell peppers and onions and add more cheese.

    april yedinak

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  27. I would add green bell peppers and green onions.I would also put in extra cheese.When I cook the ground beef,I would add taco seasoning packets.

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  28. I would add green bell peppers and green onions.I would also put in extra cheese.When I cook the ground beef,I would add taco seasoning packets.

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  29. I would add a little sauce to it to be like my Puerto Rican Spanish rice.

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  30. I would wrap it in burritos and add more rice and beans, leaving out the meat.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  31. I would add fritos and pepper jack cheese...Mmmmmm
    elysesw@aol.com

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  32. I'd add extra cheese too. Luv cheese. :)

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  33. I would sub ground beef for ground turkey, add cheese and black olives

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  34. I would sub ground beef for ground turkey, add cheese and black olives

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  35. I would use regular rice and add sour cream

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  36. I would add lots of mushrooms, onions and some cheese.

    Love3570@aol.com

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  37. I would add petite diced tomatoes and green chilis!

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  38. without cheese. my daughter's lactose intolerant

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  39. Sour cream makes everything better!!!!

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  40. I would add some fresh green onion and garlic from the garden :)

    ktgonyea at gmail dot com

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  41. I would use sausage instead of the ground beef.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  42. i would add super hot sauce that's the way my family likes it.

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  43. I would add some extra cheese, red peppers and diced tomatoes.
    brand242003@yahoo.com
    brandy graham (name on rafflecopter)

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  44. add sauce and eat it in a tortilla!
    caseyeve_003 at yahoo dot com

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  45. I would make it into tacos with guacamole

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  46. I'd add a little shredded chicken and alot of cheese.

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  47. I'd add a little shredded chicken and alot of cheese.

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  48. I would puree the corn and slow cook mutton in the corn puree for a nice chilli!

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  49. I would add some brown rice

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  50. Lots of green onions and peppers and hot sauce, yum!

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  51. I'll probably put in some spices that will make it hot

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  52. add green chillis and serve on a corn tortia

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  53. Lisa metalchickk85@yahoo.comAugust 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I would add seasoned chicken and four different types of cheeses.

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  54. I would use quinoa instead of rice add lots of pepper jack cheese. then top it with fresh tomato, olives, avocado, and sour cream

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  55. top with crushed corn chips or tortilla chips and sour cream

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  56. I would add Bell Peppers, Green Chilies and Monterey Jack cheese.

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  57. I would add chopped onions & chicken.

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  58. I like your recipe. I would use chicken instead of ground beef though. colleenaw@hotmail.com

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  59. I would add some diced tomatoes and some diced jalapeno peppers, maybe a nice Mexican cheese blend too.

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  60. I would add cream cheese to the recipe to make it my own.

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  61. i would add some onion ,tomato,hot peppers and sour cream

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  62. I would make this with a meatless substitute instead of the meat! :)

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  63. I would add some red peppers, olives, and cheese!!

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  64. I'm a vegetarian, so I would try the recipe meatless. I think it would be interesting to add potatoes instead of the beef component. I would also top the casserole with fresh guacamole and cilantro.

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  65. add jalapeno peppers and chicken

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  66. To the ground beef I would add a pack of taco seasoning

    I would also add crumbled corn chips along with shredded cheddar on top.

    I would also use the rice but instead of refried beans I would use mild chili beans.

    Ladyblueeyez1960 (at)(aol)(dot)(com)
    Lots

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  67. i would add fresh cilantro from my garden

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  68. I would add chicken cilantro and cheese.
    yanabanana70@yahoo.com

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  69. I would add some chopped fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and avocado to the top to add some crunch and freshness.

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  70. I would turn it into a taco salad. Your recipe sounds great!

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  71. I would serve it with some chips for a little crunch and add it some more vegetables like olives, red peppers and onions. Also I think I would add the Sour Cream back in and maybe do chicken instead of beef.

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  72. Add extra cheese and serve with spicy mexican corn bread :) Thanks
    megan.morgan8749 at gmail dot com

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  73. I would add plenty of Jalapenos to make it spicy! lexbaylor17 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  74. I would make mine with ground turkey instead of beef.

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  75. I would add sauted squash star95011atyahoodotcom

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  76. LOTS of hot sauce

    droopydog63 at hotmail dot com

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  77. I would omit the corn and top it with guacamole

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  78. I would probably add green chilies and steak

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  79. lots of shredded cheese, black olives and onions

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  80. I would add biscuits to the baking!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  81. I would switch the refried beans with black beans, add red onions, cilantro, rice & green chilis & serve with tortillas, avocado, pico de gallo & cheese.

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  82. I'd mix in Spanish rice, tomatoes & green chilies. Pop some green onions & sour cream on top for a great side dish along pork chops. I'd also serve some sliced avocado on the side.

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  83. I would add Black Olives and Sour Cream!

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  84. I would add tapatio sauce and jalapenos for some spice!

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  85. I would add back the sour cream and maybe add some refried beans.

    boylaneely at hotmail dot com

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  86. I would add some fresh chopped jalapenos from my garden.

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  87. I would add lots of black olives onions and some cheese and eliminate the beans.

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  88. I would add lowfat refried beans fried green peppers and onions and mozzarella cheese

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  89. I would add chicken in addition to the meat and really add a huge amount of cheese..this looks so good KairaWolfie@aol.com

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  90. I would add rice and jalapenos and top it with sour cream, guacamole and homeade pico de gallo.

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  91. I would add some refried beans and extra cheeses!

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  92. I would use pinto beans instead of black beans and put pato hot sauce instead of salsa

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  93. I'd add some spicy salsa.
    ericacarnes(at)gmail(dot)com

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  94. I think I'd add some cream cheese and some chopped jalapenos! Yum!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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  95. I'd make this recipe my own by using chicken & adding some smoky bacon & little bit of brown sugar.

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  96. I like adding extra cheese.
    Brittney House BBrittBrat1398@yahoo.com

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  97. I'd make this recipe my own by using chicken & adding some smoky bacon & a little brown sugar.

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  98. I would add jalapenos, onions, peppers and cheese!

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  99. I would add jalapenos, onion, peppers and cheese!

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  100. I would sprinkle fresh cilantro, right before serving, on top

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  101. A lot of cheese and some hot peppers

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  102. Sour cream, lettuce, spicy chicken..yummy

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  103. I would sneak in some homemade salsa for flavoring!

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  104. I'd add some shredded chicken and cheese =)

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  105. I would add Mexican cheese, red and green peppers and hot sauce. (Roxann)

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  106. I would crumble tortilla chips on top

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  107. I would add some sour cream & Avocado on top with a side of corn bread

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  108. Cilantro is a must in my house! I would add that and tons of cheese

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  109. I would add onions, peppers and cheese. Then top off with salsa and sour cream

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  110. i would add some chicken and brown rice

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  111. I would add sour cream and mexican cheese.

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  112. I would use ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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  113. I would use ground turkey instead of ground beef,

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  114. I would make a mexican lasagna and top it with avocados and lettuce and sourcream

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  115. I think, like you, I would add rice and then throw in a jar of salsa too :)

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  116. I'd add some chicken, Jalepenos and some sour cream

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  117. i would make it just like you did but add hot sauce
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com
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  118. I would add cheese and doritos to it.

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  119. I would add sour cream mixed with taco seasoning.

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  120. I would add fresh tomatoes and leave out the refried beans but add rice. Also add onion

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  121. I would mix in some black olives and some onions too. tylerpants(at)gmail.com

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  122. I would add chicken and ,peppers, and grated cheese arya29@sbcglobal.net

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  123. I have a garden every year and do quite a bit of canning and freezing. Some canned tomatoes and sweet corn and peppers would add zip to the casserole. saltpepper1_2000@yaoo.com

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  124. I'd add colby and cheddar jack cheese to it!

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  125. I'd add chicken and maybe some peppers to it. Spice it up a bit.

    phall0106 at yahoo.com

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  126. I would add some chicken, cheese and black olives.
    vikki.billings@yahoo.com

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  127. I'd add onions and instead of salsa I'd use spaghetti sauce and some taco seasoning.

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  128. I'd add shredded chicken and chopped green onions

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  129. I would add some Hatch green chiles.

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  130. no beans for me

    lmurley2000@yahoo.com

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  131. i would add some peppers, hot peppers, and onion

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  132. I'd add tortilla chips on top and then cheese.
    Michelle Tucker

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  133. I would add chicken and a lot of shredded cheddar cheese. (Coreyolomon at gmail dot com)

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  134. I would definitely top with lots of cheese!!! :)

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  135. I would definitely top with lots of cheese! :)

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  136. I would definitely top with lots of cheese!!! :)

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  137. Thanks for the giveaway…would have added:
    -a can of diced tomato,
    -a diced green bell pepper or diced jalapenos,
    -a small diced yellow onion, sauted.
    -substituted grilled grilled beef i.e. skirt steak, etc. instead of ground beef

    Rafflecopter: Bryan E.

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  138. great new idea too feed the family

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  139. I would add ground pork to the beef with red and green peppers topped with shredded cheese. wilcarvic
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  140. I add cheese to everything and I'm trying a lot of avocado in recipes lately!
    Allison.bahr@yahoo.com

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