Saturday, August 11, 2012

Charles Gibson's Enchilada Casserole

     To me, a good camping recipe requires few ingredients and better yet ones that require little, if any, refrigeration.  If you're lucky enough to have access to a fridge then the sky's the limit but otherwise I look for items that will hold up well in a cooler.  This recipe for Charles Gibson's Enchilada Casserole is the number one most requested recipe from Good Morning America and I can definitely see why.  A great casserole for dutch oven cooking, an excellent recipe for camping and will appeal to campers of all ages.  I'm not even sure they sell Doritos in a 13 oz. bag, I could only find the 11.5 oz. size.  The casserole baked for 20 minutes in my 10 inch oven with 10 coals in a ring around the bottom and 22 on the lid.  Plop the sour cream down in spoonfuls before spreading, it only takes a few minutes for the cheese to melt after you add the topping.   I used the Nacho Cheese variety but with all the new flavors on the market you could really give it a twist.  A fun recipe and a 5 star outdoor dinner, be sure to bookmark this one for your next camping trip.
Charles Gibson's Enchilada Casserole
1 13 oz. package Doritos, save 2 cups for casserole topping
(If you can't find 13 oz. bags, the 11.5 oz. size is fine)
2 Tblsp grated or chopped onion
1 10 oz. can chili with beans
1 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
2 cups Doritos
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups sour cream

     Lightly oil or spray dutch oven.
     Reserve 2 cups of Doritos from bag for topping.
     Crumble remaining 6 cups Doritos into a large mixing bowl.
     Add the onion, chili, enchilada sauce, tomato sauce and 1 1/2 cups Cheddar.
     Stir with a rubber spatula to combine; pour mixture into prepared dutch oven.
     Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese has melted and mixture is bubbling.
     Remove lid from dutch oven.
     Spread sour cream over the top of the casserole with large spoon or spatula.
     Top with remaining 2 cups of uncrushed Doritos; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese.
     Cover with lid and bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted.
     Makes 4-6 servings.

Spread cheese and chip mixture in well oiled dutch oven

Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees

Top with sour cream, reserved whole Doritos and cheese

Bake for 5 minutes more or until cheese has melted

An easy, crispy, cheesy, camping recipe

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