HAMBURGER FAJITA CASSEROLE

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Full of lovely, healthy vegetables, this casserole is sure to satiate.  If you like you can turn up the heat by using more hot chili powder and paprika.  This casserole will easily feed a hungry family of 4 to 6 people, depending on the sides that you make to go along with it.





HAMBURGER FAJITA CASSEROLE

All the lovely Fajita flavors are showcased in an unusual twist which requires switching chicken for hamburger meat in this casserole dish.  This meal is incredibly, deliciously tasty!  It is rich-tasting and flavorful with plenty of vegetables built right in!  This is great served with cooked squash and cauli mash or a faux baked potato (cauli mash served in the hollowed out baked potato skin - serve the cooked potato to a non low-carber.).


11/2 lbs lean ground beef (680 g)

1 tsp salt (5 mL)

1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)

1 green bell pepper, diced

1 yellow bell pepper, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 small onion, chopped

1 tsp seasoning salt (5 mL)

2 cups grated Mexican Blend (500 mL)

  Cheese, OR half and half Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses

Creamy Fajita Sauce:

8 oz cream cheese (250 g)

1 cup Homemade Chicken Stock (see below) (250 mL)

1/4 cup whipping cream (60 mL)

2 tsp crushed garlic (10 mL)

11/2 tsp oregano (7 mL)

11/2 tsp cumin (7 mL)

1/2 tsp hot chili powder (2 mL)

1/2 tsp paprika (2 mL)

1/2 tsp salt (2 mL)

1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)

 

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).  

In large skillet and over medium heat, stir-fry ground beef until browned.  Stir in salt and black pepper during the cooking time.  Set aside. 

Creamy Fajita Sauce:  In large skillet, place cream cheese (broken up into chunks), Homemade Chicken Stock, page 45, whipping cream, garlic, oregano, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and black pepper.  Whisk the sauce until smooth and bubbly.  In large skillet in remaining olive oil, cook green, yellow and red bell peppers and onion until tender.  Stir in cooked hamburger meat and Creamy Fajita Sauce and place in 2-qt (2 L) casserole dish. Sprinkle with Mexican Blend cheese, Or half Cheddar and Mozzarella cheeses over the top. 

Bake 25 minutes or until casserole is bubbly and hot.


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