Cast Iron Cooking: Mexican Frito Fiesta

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as being in the woods on a camping trip, with all of your senses heightened by the sweet smell of a campfire mingling with the savory aroma of food cooking!

For this cast iron cooking experience, you’ll need a large Dutch oven with lid, pre-treated and “seasoned” so there is no exposed metal or rust.

Start your campfire about 30-45 minutes before you begin cooking this meal. You can use the wood coals from the campfire, but I prefer to add some BBQ briquettes to the fire for a longer lasting, more consistent heat. Right before cooking, make a nest in the middle of the coals using a long campfire shovel or stick. Be sure the hot coals are evenly distributed around and under the nest.

Have all of the ingredients assembled and ready-to-use before putting your pan on the coals. You’ll want a pair of heat-resistant gloves and a long-handled wooden spoon, plus a heat-safe place to set your Dutch oven for serving once the dish is cooked. I use a sturdy cast iron trivet on the picnic table.

Mexican Frito Fiesta Cast Iron Casserole  — Feeds 6 adults.

Mexican Frito Fiesta Cast Iron Casserole
Serves 6
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788 calories
38 g
163 g
53 g
44 g
22 g
477 g
1304 g
18 g
1 g
25 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
477g
Servings
6
Amount Per Serving
Calories 788
Calories from Fat 464
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 53g
81%
Saturated Fat 22g
111%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 22g
Cholesterol 163mg
54%
Sodium 1304mg
54%
Total Carbohydrates 38g
13%
Dietary Fiber 8g
34%
Sugars 18g
Protein 44g
Vitamin A
25%
Vitamin C
24%
Calcium
39%
Iron
34%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 Pounds ground hamburger
  2. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 large yellow onion, chopped in 1/2” pieces
  4. 12 Ounce container of grape or cherry tomatoes
  5. 1 can of mushroom soup
  6. 1 can of green enchilada sauce
  7. 1 (4-ounce) can of green chilies, minced
  8. 1 (12-ounce) can of seasoned chili beans
  9. 1 (12-ounce) can of corn
  10. Garlic seasoning
  11. Salt and pepper
  12. 1 large bag of Fritos corn chips
  13. 2 Cups shredded cheddar cheese or combo Mexican cheese varieties
  14. Sour cream
  15. Avocado slices
Instructions
  1. In a large, cast iron Dutch oven, place the olive oil and hamburger.
  2. Place pan in the middle of the fire nest and occasionally stir to cook the meat thoroughly.
  3. Add chopped onions and cook for 2 minutes until they are softened.
  4. Add the tomatoes, mushroom soup, green enchilada sauce, green chilies, chili beans, corn, and seasonings. Mix well.
  5. Place lid on the dutch oven.
  6. Tip: It’s not going to hurt if you only add the ingredients one-at-a-time and need to step away from the fire to cool down before adding each new ingredient. Use caution.
  7. Depending on the temperature of your fire, it will be heated through and ready to serve in 15-25 minutes. Remove from the heat, sprinkle Fritos on top of the sizzling ingredients, and cover with cheese, replacing lid for a few minutes to melt the cheese.
  8. Dish out the casserole into bowls or plates. Top with a nice dollop of sour cream and avocado slices.
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calories
788
fat
53g
protein
44g
carbs
38g
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Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s July 2018 issue.
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