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Cobre Valley Casserole

 Cobre Valley Casserole
We live in southeastern Arizona, in a part of the state known as Cobre Valley. "Cobre" is a Spanish word for copper, which is mined here. Variations of this recipe have been enjoyed in this area for many years. —Carolyn Deming, Miami, Arizona
8 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) refried beans
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, optional
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 large tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1-1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and celery over medium heat
  • until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the taco seasoning,
  • water, beans and green chilies if desired.
  • Transfer to a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at
  • 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through. Top with cheese,
  • green onions, tomato, olives and chips. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 298 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 57 mg cholesterol, 790 mg sodium,

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Cobre Valley Casserole (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 19 g protein.