Hatch Chile Mexican Casserole
Have you ever stared at someone in the car next to you while they were picking their nose? I have. And it makes me wonder how many people have noticed me picking my own nose. I mean, I don’t ever do that. But if I did, how many people would see me? We think of our car is this safe zone, no one can see us. But unless you are Kim Kardashian and get tickets daily for how dark your windows are, people see. And they see you do your weird things. Like smoke weed while driving. Or put on make up. Or read a magazine. Or pick your nose. Except for me, because I don’t do that. Moving on.
So, for a while now, I’ve been thinking about a few things I regret in my life. I’ve never felt that way in my 25 years of life and now I have a few. I’ve always been able to see the positive in things. Understand why a certain something happened. And then move on. But now I’m thinking more about some of the decisions I made and am frustrated I can’t change those poor decisions. One of them includes my tattoo. I want to remove it. I have two, actually. But one of them I will absolutely love forever. While the other one is large. Mucho large. At the time, I loved it. Nowadays, I hate it. It’s on my side, on my ribs. Which was stupid painful. I don’t get how people get crazy big tattoos. I even remember having a dream about hating my tattoo the night before I got it. And I still went through with it. Always go with your gut, it never is wrong. Never. Figuring that out the tough way.
Anywho, I about cried my face off while getting it. Painful sh*t. And now I don’t even want it. Shame. But I heard getting a tattoo removed is way more painful than even getting the tattoo. Fudge. This tattoo is not small, it will take multiple sessions, and I’m sure it will be expensive. I can’t decide what to do. I didn’t think long enough about getting the tattoo so maybe I should think longer about getting it removed. I’m pretty much scared sh*tless to go through that pain. I’m ticklish on my ribs so imagine a laser burning off my tattoo on my ribs. Kill me. What to do, what to effing do.
Wanna know something creepy? This human on Twitter who has a twitter handle that has to do with loving foreheads recently wrote me a comment. And it included a compliment about my forehead. Yes, my forehead. But that wasn’t the creepy part. When I clicked on the humans profile, their avatar was a picture of me in Mexico. I’m not really sure how to feel about this person. Flattered, no. Creeped out, yes. At least this person is creepily complimenting my forehead. I’ve always thought it was quite large.Print
Hatch Chile Mexican Casserole
- Yield: 4 1x
- 16 large hatch chiles. roasted and peeled* (check notes section on how to roast hatch chiles before moving on with the rest of the recipe)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 white onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons hot sauce
- 1 (14 ounce) can diced tomatoes
- kerrygold grass fed cheese, to garnish (optional)
- coconut oil, to grease pans
- 2 avocados
- handful of cilantro
- juice of 1 lime
- juice of 1 lemon
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- pinch of cumin
- salt, to taste
- Roast and peel hatch chiles*
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Add ground beef to a large pan over medium heat. Once meat is halfway cooked through, add onion, jalapeño, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper.
- Once meat is cooked through, add hot sauce and diced tomatoes and let cook on low for 3-5 minutes.
- Once meat is cooked through, grab out individual baking dishes to create the casseroles with. If you don’t have individual baking dishes, you can use a bread pan to create the casserole.
- Grease each individual baking dish (I used four) then begin the layers. Lie 2 hatch chiles flat, then top with ground beef mixture, cheese (if you are eating dairy), 2 more hatch chiles, ground beef and more cheese. Repeat with other individual baking dishes.
- Place in oven and bake until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
- While casseroles bake, add avocados, cilantro, lime, lemon, olive oil, cumin and salt to a food processor and puree until smooth.
- Top casseroles with avocado puree.
*I found my hatch chiles already roasted at Whole Foods. All I had to do was peel them. If you can’t find already roasted chiles, this is what you will need to do: 1. Prick holes in peppers with knife or fork. 2. Roast them by placing them in oven broiler for about 5-10 minutes or until the chile begin to blister. Turn the chiles over and roast again until it blisters on the other side. 3. Remove and put in ice water. 4. Once cool, peel then go forth with the rest of the recipe.
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