With wagon wheel pasta and popular Tex-Mex ingredients, this beefy main dish from Janet Kanzler of Yakima, Washington is a sure family-pleaser. Simply add a mixed green salad with any light dressing you like for a complete dinner.
A friend shared the recipe with me, and I've prepared it monthly ever since. The crust is made from refrigerated crescent roll dough. While the ground beef is browning, I simply press the dough into a baking dish. Guest always comment on the tasty crust as well as the zesty filling and crunchy topping.—Patricia Eckard, Singers Glen, Virginia
“I love to cook and eat all types of food,” writes Barbara Willmitch from Younstown, Ohio. “But this tasty dish is a real hit with my daughter and her friends. It has a mildly Mexican-style flavor that both young and old can enjoy.”
Give Jack Frost the cold shoulder by setting a comforting hot dish on the table. This hearty meal-in-one will satisfy even the biggest of appetites. Enjoy one casserole and freeze the other, or serve them both when entertaining. —Joy Sauers, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Carol Oakes from Sturgis, Michigan shares this yummy pizza casserole that's hearty with ground beef and pepperoni. Instead of a typical pizza crust, it features a crust-like topping that's a snap to make with biscuit mix.
"My husband and I really like macaroni and cheese," writes Arlene Lacell of Zillah, Washington. "When we had a lot left over on one occasion, I came up with this Tex-Mex treatment to use it up. This quick casserole is very good with a green salad."
"Our family was pleasantly surprised by this delightful dish that calls for leftover taco fixings," relates Bonnie King of Lansing, Michigan. "Some of us enjoyed it even more than the original tacos! It's easy to put together and tasty enough to serve to company."
"I have good memories of eating this meal-in-one often while growing up," writes Andrea Brandt from Newton, Kansas. "We all loved the flavor and seldom had leftovers. Instead of sprinkling it with cheddar, I sometimes create a cheese sauce using American cheese and milk. It makes it so cheesy!"
My son-who is now 27-brought home this recipe for moussaka (a classic Greek entree) when he had a sixth-grade assignment about Greece. It earned high marks when we made it for his class. Men love the hearty meat-and-potatoes combination.