Doesn’t cooler weather make you start craving hearty comfort food? That’s exactly what this recipe is. My parents recently took a trip to San Antonio and my mom came back all excited about trying John Wayne Casserole. She made it tonight, and other than a few tweaks I’d probably make, it was really, really good.
2 lbs. ground beef- cooked and drained
1 packet of taco seasoning
4 oz. sour cream
4 oz. mayonnaise
8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
1 chopped onion
2 cups of biscuit mix (Bisquick)
2 chopped tomatoes
1 chopped green bell pepper
4 oz. can sliced jalapeno peppers
Brown ground beef, drain, and add taco seasoning and water (according to packet instructions). In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayo, and 4 oz. of cheddar cheese, half the bell pepper and onions, and set aside. Stir biscuit mix and water (per directions on box) to form a soft dough. Press dough into the bottom and one half inch of the sides of an 11 x 7 inch casserole dish. Sauté’ the remaining onions and bell peppers until slightly tender. On top of the biscuit mix, layer the ingredients in the following order: ground beef, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, jalapenos, sour cream mixture, and end with remaining shredded cheese on top. Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until the edges of the dough are slightly browned. Yields 6-9 servings.
*Note: The only thing I might do different to this is substitute banana peppers for the jalapenos, just because I like them. I also thought it could use some salsa on top. Otherwise, it was delicious and very filling!