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Laredo Supper – My Favorite Meal!

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By Johnny Bevers

So many people ask me for this recipe, I decided to post it in our blog area so they can come back to it anytime they feel like cooking it.  It’s really a combination of chili and party food suitable for church gatherings or something to warm you up on a cold day.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of 90% ground beef seasoned to taste with salt and pepper.  I’ve occasionally used a little Season All, but not too much.
  • 1 large 28 ounce can of whole peeled tomatoes (I like Contadina, but any brand will work.)
  • 1 large 26 ounce can of Ranch Style Beans (plain).  I’ve tried the flavored versions, but the plain works best.
  • 1 regular 12 ounce can of Rotel original diced tomatoes and green chilies.
  • 1 large white onion.
  • 1 large green bell pepper.
  • 1 jar of 15 ounce Cheese Whiz.  I’ve tried substitutes, but it’s just not the same.

I start by browning the ground beef thoroughly and setting it off to the side.  Then, sauté the bell pepper and white onion in a separate pan without burning, adding the diced jalapenos toward the end.  Burning these vegetables will have a negative effect on the final product, so sauté, don’t burn.  Next, add the mixture of sautéed onion, bell pepper, and jalapenos to the already cooked ground beef and set the entire mixture on medium heat.  Next, add the whole peeled tomatoes and use a spatula to chop them up in the mixture (this preserves and captures the juice from the tomatoes.)  Be sure to include the juice from the can as this will add a little more flavor.  Next, add the Rotel tomatoes (with juice) and Ranch Style Beans (with juice) and cook with the rest of the mixture, stirring enough to prevent burning on bottom of the pan.  Burning the bottom will make the whole thing taste terrible, so be attentive.  Lastly, add the Cheese Whiz and stir into the mixture until dissolved.  Lower heat and simmer for approximately 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.  This will ensure the ingredients marry.  Serve hot with crackers or tortilla chips.  I personally like to eat Laredo Supper with regular nacho cheese Doritos, but everyone’s a little different.

Freeze leftovers.  Most people claim that Laredo Supper is actually better after being frozen and then cooked in the microwave.  I agree.  I actually like it better after freezing and re-cooking…

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