Cattle Drive Casserole. Now that’s a name for a meal. Regardless of whether you’ve been on one, the point of this stuffed-to-the-brim dish is that it could fuel you up and keep you full during a cattle drive, were you to go on one. And that’s just fine with us! Along with ground beef, tomatoes, chiles, bell pepper and onion, this recipe’s got one unexpected ingredient…bisquick! That’s right, we start this bad boy off with a hearty biscuit layer to soak up all the great flavors of everything going on above it, then we top it all off with a green chile-sour cream-mayo situation that adds both flavor and creaminess, and we can’t get enough of it.
If you’re looking at this ingredient list and thinking that’s a lot to throw into one dish – you’re not wrong, but it all comes together in a delicious, zesty way, and you’re going to be completely hooked. Seriously, the highlight here is how perfectly all these ingredients blend together; the spicy beef filling with the creamy chile topping is so, so good, and the biscuit bottom lends balance to all that punched up flavor. Just as good for breakfast as it is for lunch or dinner, this is one casserole that you don’t want to miss.
Cattle Drive Casserole
1 hour to prepare serves 8
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 (10 oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles
- 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
- 1 (1.25 oz.) packet taco seasoning
- 2 1/2 cups biscuit mix
- 1 3/4 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 350º F and lightly grease a 9x13-inch pan with non-stick spray.
- Place ground beef, onion and red bell pepper in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat and cook until meat is browned and veggies are softened. Drain off grease and set aside.
- Stir in taco seasoning packet and salt and pepper, as needed.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, mayonnaise, 1 cup cheddar cheese, green chiles and garlic powder.
- In a separate bowl, combine biscuit mix with 1 cup water (adding a little more water as needed) and mix together until a soft dough forms.
- Press dough into the bottom of greased baking dish, then place in oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly golden.
- Remove baking dish from oven and spread beef mixture over biscuit layer, then top with layer of diced tomatoes.
- Top everything off by spreading sour cream mixture over tomatoes, then cover with remaining cheddar cheese.
- Return baking dish to oven and cook for 30 minutes, or until warmed through.
- Remove from oven, serve and enjoy.
Recipe adapted from Who Needs A Cape