Thursday, May 9, 2013

In the Kitchen with Gram...Chili Beef Mozzarella!

My Gram told me about a little pizza joint we used to have in town, my mama worked there, actually, and she (my Gram) and her friends would sometimes go there on their lunch breaks and order this dish called "Chili Beef Mozzarella".

She reminisced about how delicious it was, and that the pizza joint closed shop and packed up their shingle and disappeared, leaving no one with the recipe to this delicious dish.

So, she suggested she and I try to recreate it. She experimented first, and I'll tell you where/what you could change things up for your preference!

But let me first tell you this: These buggers are TASTY! In fact, I'm lying here in bed, uncomfortably full from our meal of them tonight...I think I ate too much! *burp* Oops, excuse me.

Okay, so you'll need either some leftover chili or a fresh batch of chili. (Gram's Chili recipe here.)

For the filling, you'll need to brown some hamburger and onion:

Add some enchilada sauce:

And some green chilies:

And, some cheese, which I neglected to take photos of because I still don't have the hang of this whole food blogging thing. Yes, I am a Cotton-Headed Ninnymuggins. (Also, we added too much sauce initially, so we drained some out, which is why this looks so soupy and the next photo so...well, UN-soupy.)

Now, put a spoonful of filling mixture on a flour tortilla:

And roll them up.

Place a small amount of chili in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, then lay your tortilla rolls in the pan:

Cover with the remaining chili:

Then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake until heated through and the cheese is melted:

Serve 'em up and listen to your hungry family rave!

The second best thing about these (the first being their incredible deliciousness)? Holy easy, batman.

Oh my...yum.

Gram's Chili Beef Mozzarella

Chili (Recipe here,  or use your own favorite recipe)

1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion
salt and pepper
1 can red enchilada sauce
1 can chopped green chilies
Cheddar cheese

1 package flour tortillas (8" size)
Mozzarella cheese

Brown hamburger with onion, seasoning with salt and pepper. Add enchilada sauce, green chilies and cheese, mix well and cook until cheese is entirely melted and sauce has thickened. Place large spoonful of filling on tortilla and roll up. Spread about a cup of chili in bottom of 9x13 pan, placed tortilla rolls, seam side down, on top of chili and cover with remaining chili. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350*F until hot and bubbly and melty and yummy.



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