Deer Recipe #5: Deer Mexican Casserole

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Oh Dear! It's 5 Deer Recipes Just For You!

We are wrapping up our 5 Deer Recipes Just For You. Deer Recipe #5 is Mexican Casserole. Sometimes, when we think about casseroles, the first thing that comes to mind is old ladies, church pot luck dinners, and a surprise on the inside considering you never know what you are eating. However, I have been making this casserole for years after the recipe was shared with me from my Aunt Norma. Funny thing is, the first time I tasted it was actually at a church pot luck meal. I will never forget the first time as a kid I saw this sitting there in the buffet line.  I was apprehensive at first because I am a picky eater.  However, once the cheesy goodness hit my taste buds, I WAS SOLD!  Now, that we have a freezer of ground deer, I decided to try it with deer meat instead of ground beef.  It tastes just as delicious! This casserole could be made with deer, beef, or chicken. It is fast and easy! It is also inexpensive to make. It is a family favorite at our house!

Ingredients:

  • 1 and a 1/2 lbs. of ground deer (or ground beef or shredded chicken)
  • 1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup (I have left this soup out before because I simply forgot to buy it at the store, and I just added a bigger can of Cream of Chicken Soup. It tasted just as good.  So, if you are not a fan of mushrooms, you could do this substitution as well.)
  • 1 can of Mild Red Enchilada Sauce
  • 1 Bag of Nacho Cheese Doritos
  • 1 8oz bag of Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

Brown the deer meat in a large skillet over medium heat. Even though it is just a pound and a half of meat, you will need a larger skillet since you must add other ingredients to the pan as you go along.  

Next, in your skillet add the cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, and enchilada sauce.  Stir in each can slow and mix with the meat.  Bring this mixture to a boil.

Then, turn the temperature to low.  Break up your Doritos while they are still in the bag.  You don’t want crumbles, but you also don’t want huge chunks of chips.  Now, add in slowly the Doritos to your skillet.  Stir your ingredients as you go. 

Once it is mixed well and heated, spray a cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Layer your skillet mixture in your pan.  First, layer with the ingredients in the skillet, and then a layer of cheese.  I usually have enough for two layers.  Always top with cheese.

Place into the oven for approximately 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and ingredients are bubbling. 

Enjoy!

Deer Mexican Casserole will melt in your mouth and have your stomach begging for more!


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