Friday, October 31, 2008

What can you do with leftover chili?

1) Top it with Jiffy cornbread mix and turn it into a chili cornbread casserole
2) Sour Cream Chili Bake with Fritos
3) Top baked potatoes with the chili, cheese, and some sour cream
4) Tacos
5) Nachos
6) Make Tex-Mex pasta. I'm doing this from memory so bear with me.

Tex-Mex Pasta

1 box fusili, prepared as per directions on box
1 jar salsa*
Leftover chili (maybe 1 lb or so)
1 box Stouffer's spinach souflee**
1 8oz box of Neufatchel cream cheese
2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat over to 350 degrees
Boil pasta
Combine leftover chili with the jar of salsa and heat through
Microwave spinach until almost cooked and mix with cream cheese in a microwaveable bowl
Heat until cream cheese is melted and you can easily stir to blend
Place a small layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 13x9 casserole dish
Top with half of the noodles
Top with half of spinach mixture
Top with half of meat mixture
Top with half of the cheese
Bake for 45 mintues in a 350 degree oven

*If I'm not using chili I will use a blackbean/corn salsa. If I'm using chili, I will use a medium salsa such as Paul Newman's
**Make sure you are using the Stouffer's spinach souflee and not creamed spinach. It makes a huge difference

My 2 year old devours this.

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