Recipe Saturday: Pancho’s Party Supper

I’ve mentioned several times in my menu planning that I’d be making Pancho’s Party Supper for dinner.  And that I’d have to share the recipe with you all. 

I’m finally following through on that promise.  However, I’m sad to report that I don’t have pictures.  But it’s easy enough, I don’t think you need a pictorial explanation.

Now my mom cut this out of the newspaper a LONG time ago, and I’ve made a few adjustments of my own over the years. 

Why is it called Pancho’s Party Supper?  No idea.

I like to think it’s simple — a guy named Pancho wanted to make a great meal for his family and friends.  Well, Pancho, I must say you succeded.  Job well done.

So here it goes.

Pancho’s Party Supper

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef (can sub turkey or chicken if you like)
  • 1/2 cup milk (can use skim, 2%, or even evaporated, whatever you have on hand)
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP flour
  • 1 cup (or 8 oz can) tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 oz) can chili beans
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups corn chips or tortilla chips, crushed

Brown beef in skillet with onions and red pepper.  Add milk, salt, pepper, chili powder and flour, stirring well.  Let simmer for 1-2 minutes, then add tomato sauce and chili beans.  Turn temp to medium-low and let simmer for 5 minutes or so. 

In the meantime use about 1/2 of the crushed corn/tortilla chips to cover the bottom of a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. 

Now add the cheese to the beef/bean mixture, stir gently, then pour mixture on top of crushed chips.  Top with remaining half of chips. 

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes.

This should comfortably serve 6, and you can stretch to 8 if you add a side dish or two.  We usually serve this with a salad or a side of veggies, along with all the usual Mexican toppings — more cheese, sour cream and more chips.

As for changes, you can always leave out onion and/or red pepper, or use green (or orange or yellow) pepper instead.  I just like red the most. 

If you like it spicier add more chili powder or even a touch of cayenne or add some hot sauce. 

Don’t like chili beans?  Add pinto, or black beans.  You may need to add a bit more spice if you do that since the chili bean sauce gives this a lot of flavor.

And I personally love it the most with corn chips (i.e. Fritos), but since we almost always have tortilla chips around the house and rarely have Fritos, tortilla chips are our usual.

Hope you enjoy!

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