Ground Beef and Garbanzo Bean Casserole
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- Ready In:
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 (15 ounce) cans garbanzo beans (you can substitute 1 15 oz can white kernel corn for 1 can garbanzo beans if you want)
- 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Brown beef with onion and garlic until onion is tender and beef is brown.
- Drain fat.
- Stir in everything else and heat to boiling.
- Put in a 1 1/2 quart casserole and cover.
- Bake for 45 minutes.
- Remove bay leaves.
- Be sure and stir before serving.
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I think this is a very versatile recipe. I can already see other options to do. I diced up some bacon I had in the fridge and added that to the ground beef onion mixture. I didn't put it in the oven, just let it simmer on low covered on the stove for thirty minutes. At the end, I stirred in a couple of ounces of cream cheese to make a richer sauce and served it over rice. Yum! Oh and I took the advice of one reviewer and add cayenne.
I made this on the stove top with both white corn and garbanzos fully drained. After reading the reviews re being watery I decided to not put any water in it. Rather than the 15 oz can of tomato sauce, I added a 15 oz can of diced tomatoes and a 6 oz can of sauce after I let all the liquids simmer out. Then turned it down very low for about 1/2 hour and added a pinch of beau monde and a few drops of Magi to add some depth and richness. Came out very good. Served it along side some rice cooked with beef broth. Everyone loved it.
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As written, the recipe did not turn out correctly. There was far too much liquid to be anything but a soup. Since it barely fit in a 2 qt. dish, I am guessing the beans (corn) should have been drained. The flavor was a bit muted - I dished my serving out with a slotted spoon and the seasonings were left behind. Next time instead of using corn I will use all beans. I will also drain them and use the liquid instead of water. I might also double this recipe.
I hate to admit that I didn't have high hopes for this recipe, as I'm not a casserole girl. But, we absolutely loved it. I had 1 can of garbanzo beans to use up (hoping to find a way to sneak them by DH & DS) & this recipe was perfect. Everything else is always on hand & it went together very quickly. I used one can of white corn & served it over rice. As I was putting the beef mixture into a casserole dish I envisioned it topped with mashed potatoes that were lightly broiled at the end of baking.... & then at dinner when I told the family of my daydream they got into the action & came up with a version that would be wrapped in flour tortillas with or without rice & one with pasta instead of rice. I think this is going to be a versatile & very quick go-to meal for busy weeknights. I couldn't be more pleased that I tried this one. UPDATE: Freezes very well. Would definitely recommend for OAMC. Even my picky toddler ate it! Thanks so much for posting, Angela!
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