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    Papa's Papas Casserole

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    1 hrs 5 mins

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    55 mins

    Chocolatl's Note:

    "Papas" is the word for "potatoes" in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Potatoes, which originated in Peru, are one of the most important foods to come from the New World. This casserole was inspired by the cuisine of Peru. Please note: this is not a recipe for sauce served over pasta.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. 2
      Peel potatoes (optional) and cut into wedges or large chunks.
    3. 3
      Rinse well to remove surface starch.
    4. 4
      Place potatoes and 1 tablespoon dried minced onions in a large bowl.
    5. 5
      Add 2 tablespoons oil and mix well to coat.
    6. 6
      Spread potato mixture evenly in a 9"x13" baking pan, in a single layer if possible.
    7. 7
      Roast for 40-45 minutes, turning halfway through.
    8. 8
      Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a large skillet.
    9. 9
      Add garlic, jalapeno and remaining minced onions and cook, stirring, until garlic softens and onions are lightly colored, about 3 minutes.
    10. 10
      Add meat, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper.
    11. 11
      Cook, stirring, until meat is browned, breaking up large chunks with a spoon.
    12. 12
      Add beans and mushrooms, and cook 1 minute.
    13. 13
      Add tomato sauce and cook, stirring, until heated, about 3 minutes.
    14. 14
      Stir in one-third of the cheese and cook just until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
    15. 15
      When potatoes are browned and cooked through, remove from oven.
    16. 16
      Spoon meat mixture over potatoes and top with remaining cheese.
    17. 17
      Return to oven and cook until cheese is melted and bubbly, 5-10 minutes.
    18. 18
      Please note: this not a recipe for sauce served over pasta.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 06, 2010


      AWESOME! At first I thought this was a bit labor-intensive with roasting the potatoes, but at the end, when we ate the dish, I could see the reasoning. The potatoes were crispy and delicious, and the rest of the mixture went wonderfully with them, without making the potatoes mushy. I did not use the mushrooms as I can't eat them, but I personally did not miss them. DH said it would be great with the mushrooms, so next time I make this I will have to make two different casseroles - one with/one without the mushrooms LOL. This is a winner - we all loved it, and had about 2 servings left when we were done with dinner. Thanks for posting this recipe - made for DINING ON A DOLLAR, November 2010!

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    • on January 20, 2012


      Tasty and hearty casserole! I didn't peel my potatoes and used fresh onion instead of dried. The roasted potatoes were great with the sauce; I may add some crushed red pepper next time for a bit more kick. Yummy comfort food - thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • on December 16, 2011


      wow ,holy cats this was good i really liked this alot ,everyone should try this for mine i used green chili sauce and microwaved it and for mr picky i just used the hamburger and beans mixture no tomato sauce and cooked that in the oven topped with cheese i needed some tortillas lol i will make this again great recipe

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    Nutritional Facts for Papa's Papas Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (318 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 556.3
    Calories from Fat 311
    Total Fat 34.5 g
    Saturated Fat 16.3 g
    Cholesterol 98.2 mg
    Sodium 634.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 31.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.0 g
    Sugars 3.8 g
    Protein 31.2 g

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