Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Requested Recipes

Good morning.  I am going to TRY to give you the recipes for tuna casserole and Mexican Frito pie as requested.
Notice I said TRY!

I don't use recipes to cook.  I just kind of throw things together and hope for the best.  Over time I get consistent - LOL.  If I try something new and different and G really likes it - I may be in trouble.  I try to remember what I did and write it down quickly - because most stuff is just free hand.

(depending on how many you are feeding - my versions are for 2)
1/2 box elbow or shell pasta  (cooked al dente)
1 can cream of soup - we usually use cream of mushroom - but any will do
1 can tuna (drained)  *I use 2 cans as we like the tuna taste
1/2 soup can of water
* I always add about a cup of frozen peas (just something I have always done)
*Can add parmesan cheese or some shredded cheese of choice - optional.
* I often top with crushed dried French's onions

Cook the pasta, then mix in soup, water, tuna and seasonings.  Add peas or cheese if desired and/or top with crispy onions in a greased baking dish.   350* for about 30 minutes.

This pan of casserole I added a can of mixed beans to - not peas - just because.  This was before baking.

There is no specific way to make it.  Add whatever you like.  I have used cream of chicken soup, cream of broccoli, cream of celery - whatever I have had.  Experiment and have fun.

1 lb. of ground beef - browned
1 small onion - chopped (cooked with beef)
taco seasoning
1 can chili beans
salsa and/or enchilada sauce
shredded cheese - amount desired (we used about 2 cups)

I browned my beef and onion - drained.  Add taco seasoning of choice (like you were making taco meat) - I then added about 1/2 pint of salsa (already open in frig) and about 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce (I had in freezer).  Drain and add beans.  Mix it all together.  Lightly greased 8 x 8 pan.  Lay a layer of Fritos on bottom of pan.  Top with bean and meat mix.  I then topped with about 2 cups of shredded cheese (we are cheese lovers), then add more Fritos to the top of casserole.
Bake 350* for approx. 20 - 25 minutes - until cheese is melted. 
Let it set for about 5 minutes before serving.

I follow recipes for baked goods (mostly follow), because baking breads, muffins, and some sweets is more of a science - with ingredients reacting with other ingredients. 
When it comes to everyday meals - it is sort of mix and match and see what works.  I get a notion in my head and run with it!

I love cookbooks - for ideas.  I may make a recipe as written the first time, then I start tweaking it!
I hope this helps.

Does anyone else cook this way?


  1. I definitely cook this way when I am using up things from the refrigerator in order to avoid waste. And I definitely cook this way when I make certain things for dinner like we had when I was growing up since my Mom didn't follow recipes. She just cooked like she had been taught growing up. The Frito Pie looks so good. I need to make it soon. :)

    1. Good, I am glad I am not alone. My Mom cooked that way as well. Most of the time she didn't read a recipe for baking either.

      I just use what I have and try to get creative with it.

  2. I actually like tuna casserole, but it is one thing Hub's really doesn't like ( I think he ate it too much as a boy and my Mom cannot stand the smell of Tuna. I think they both need to cook their own meals....:)

    1. Sounds like you may be right! I had lots as a kid, but that didn't affect me negatively. I really like tuna too - all kinds of ways. I even like it right from the can!

      I know my sister in-law talks about how none of their kids eat kraut to this day (grown adults now), because they ate so much as kids - it was cheap and easy to make and can.
      Others won't touch salmon patties because they ate so many as kids.

      I guess everyone develops a taste for things. I am sure glad G isn't picky! We eat most things (MOST).

  3. thankyou I'll try the frito pie soon! I'll remember to get the frito's this week. Husband said no way on the tuna casserole. I'll catch him gone and make it.

    1. Enjoy Vickie. I just don't understand the big aversion to tuna casserole. So many people refuse to eat it. Odd.

  4. Yum on the frito pie. I think my family would really like it. Thanks!
    I make tuna casserole with egg noodles, but we don't have it very often as my hubby isn't too fond of tuna.

    1. Tuna casserole sounds yummy with egg noodles as well. Will try that sometime.

  5. Hi Cheryl, I wish I could cook without a recipe but I need exact directions! Thank you for sharing. Nancy

    1. You are welcome. I guess that is just how I learned.

  6. Thank you so much for posting these. I can't wait to try them!

  7. Oh that taco pie looks so good and easy! Thank you!

  8. Thank you for sharing! As far as pie is concerned, I prefer to follow the original recipe, but when I cook pasta I like to try and add or change ingredients. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Clara I am pretty much the same. Baking is more science - but meat, pasta, noodles, casseroles etc. I just go with flow!
      Have a great one!