Monday, August 16, 2010

Real recession recipes



Chili

2 pounds lean ground beef

1 large can pinto beans

½ large can V8 Juice

14 oz. diced tomatoes

1-diced onion

1-diced pepper

3 tbsp. chili powder

Salt and pepper

Broken thin spaghetti

Brown ground beef and then simmer all ingredients for 2 hours, add thin spaghetti at the end.  You can also leave the spaghetti out and use up your leftovers on chilidogs the next day!

Hamburger Noodle Casserole


11/2 lbs hamburger

1 small onion

1 pkg baby seashell macaroni

1 can corn mexicana

1 container sour cream

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 can cream of mushroom soup

½ cup water

1 dozen small crackers for top

Brown meat and onion. Cook Macaroni. Mix all ingredients together and pour into large casserole dish. Top with cracker crumbs and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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