I made this for a church group over the weekend and they devoured it! I made a few changes. I followed the original recipes by omitting the corn and increasing the chips to 3 cups. Also, I omitted the olives as a personal preference. I completed step 2 the day before. I poured off the liquid on top of the chili beans, but did not drain them completely as I didn't want to lose all the seasoning. The next day the filling was very thick like a chili and was very easy to spread in the pan. I did use a 10 oz can if diced tomatoes with lime and cilantro for the tomato. Again, I poured off the top liquid, but did not drain these well. My baking dish was a foil 11.75x9.38-inch sterno pan. This made the contents deeper, so since I was starting with a cold filling, I baked it for 45 minutes, put the cheese on and then another 15 minutes. The food was hot, and the chips still had some crunch to them despite being on the bottom. It was a great hit, thanks so much!
This was so yummy and easy. I made a few changes to suit everyone's taste. I used a jar (basically a cup and a half) of Trader Joe's Tomatillo & Roasted Yellow Chili salsa. This had just the right amount of smokey, spicy flavor for my family. I used the chopped tomatoes, olives, and green onions as garnish instead of baking them into the casserole so that everyone could personalize their bowl. It came out perfect. I like this way better than regular chili. This is a keeper and so easy!
Made this for the Single Marines in my husband's shop for their Meal in the Barracks and I'm honestly jealous because it's so good and they get to eat it all. Haha. I saved a little for my small family of three to taste before sending the rest off to them. I'm sure it'll be a big hit over there.
This was easy to make and very good. Like the others did, I added the juice from the beans for some extra seasoning. I made a smaller batch and we really enjoyed this. Thanks, NWG for a nice keeper that we will make again. Congrats on you Football win!!
Pleased my crowd. Will be making again. Just added some chopped jalapeno and the juice of the beans otherwise it was a little bland to our tastes but then we are all adults probably wouldn't have changed anything if we had small children. Reheats awesome too.
This was so tasty and easy to put together. I tweaked a little, too: included the "gravy" with the can of chili beans. I figure since the recipe called for chili beans, not just black beans or pinto beans, I may as well use the gravy because it's got extra chili seasoning in it. Also, added chopped green pepper to the meat.