San Antonio Special Recipe

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I brought this recipe back with me after ordering it a San Antonio restaurant a number of years ago. Everyone enjoys the beef patties topped with salsa and chili.—Lila Schneider, Wichita, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili without beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, cut into 8 slices

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 453 calories, 25g fat (12g saturated fat), 113mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 36g protein.


  1. Shape the beef into eight patties. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a skillet, cook patties over medium heat until no longer pink. Transfer to a grease 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a sauce-pan, combine salsa, beans, chili and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Pour over patties. Top each patty with a cheese slice. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 8 servings.
For a quick side dish do serve with San Antonio Special, cook a 10-ounce package of frozen corn according to package directions, adding 1/4 cup chopped green pepper and 1/4 cup sweet red pepper. Serve in seeded green or red pepper halves.
Originally published as San Antonio Special in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p299

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