Papa's Papas Casserole

Recipe by Chocolatl
READY IN: 1hr 5mins




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