Our Family Favorite John Wayne Casserole

"We just love John Wayne movies and a friend in Az. gave us this recipe John Wayne is famous around the Maricopa, Arizona, area as he was one of the owners of Red River Farms, a large feed lot near there."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins




  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Mix chiles and cheeses and put into a buttered shallow casserole.
  • In a small bowl combine milk, egg yolks, flour, salt and pepper.
  • In a large bowl beat egg whites to stiff peaks.
  • Gently fold whites into the yolk mixture.
  • Then pour the mixture over the cheese and chile mixture and carefully blend.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and lay tomato slices over the entire top.
  • Return to oven and bake 30 minutes longer, or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
  • Garnish with a sprinkling of green chiles. Serves 8.

Questions & Replies

  1. I am going to a brunch tomorrow and was planning to bring John Wayne with me...??...my question is should I make at home today and reheat at the venue or make it there? I’m afraid the casserole will lose its texture.


  1. Green chilis and cheese whats's not to love about this delicious casserole ? Easy to make, main dish entree served with a salad or used as a side dish with Barbeque. Did anyone say brunch dish ? This is the Original John Wayne casserole that doesn't include meat. (There are lots of different recipes out there that call for ground beef) This recipe is also found in the LA Times California Cookbook (copyright 1981) Thank you @wjorma for posting.
  2. I have a recipe book signed by Lloyd Bridges (His wife wrote it, giving full credit to John for this recipe!) This was my husband's favorite recipe, it can be a little greasy depending on the cheese, but is delicious non-the-less!! Easy and yummy!! I especially like that the recipe has stayed the same. :)
  3. THANK YOU this is the REAL version of the casserole. My grandma used to make this was a family favorite. She wrote it on a recipe card I still have it....somewhere. I looked online and there are all these beef taco versions? I knew it was like a chili relleno with no meat with evaporated milk and 2 pounds of cheese. I always add more tomato.
  4. I found this recipe in A Taste of Georgia Southern Living Hall of Fame. The recipe is supposed to be an adaptation of the original recipe of actor John Wayne. This is really delicious, and very satisfying. Thank you for posting!
  5. My mom made this exact recipe when we were growing up it is great.


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