Weeknight Wonders {King Ranch Casserole}

One of the benefits of picking up the blog after unexpectedly taking a year off, is that there are several posts just waiting for me in my draft folder.  It kind of feels like blog Christmas.  Or when kids find a toy under the bed they hadn’t seen for six months.  Suddenly, they have a new toy!

This is my new toy that I found under my bed!

How many of you out there remember this…

If you raised your hand, then you are know all about the very popular Weeknight Wonders series.  If you are new, let me quickly catch you up.

Weeknight Wonders is a series that features my no-fail, go-to recipes for decidedly delicious dinners.  They rock every time.  And I’m sharing them with you.

Past Weeknight Wonders have included Spaghetti Pie, Poppy Seed Chicken, Brie and Brisket Quesadillas with Tortilla Soup, Hot Hammies and Hash Brown Casserole, Lasagna, Chili, and Chicken Enchiladas with Black Beans.  There’s a whole lotta yum in that list.

Today I bring you a new Weeknight Wonder recipe, pulled out from hiding under my blog-bed.

King.  Ranch.  Casserole.

I feel the same way about most renditions of King Ranch Chicken as I do about most renditions of Poppy Seed Chicken.  They are usually soupy, paltry, and have no flavor.  Why cook something if it’s going to be drippy and flavorless?  I mean, if you’re going to go to the trouble to craft a homemade dinner for your family, why not knock it out of the park and make something that people will actually enjoy eating?

In the process of testing different versions, I have come up with what I consider to be the best King Ranch Casserole to ever come out of a home kitchen.

This version will be brimming out of the pan, full of creamy chicken and vegetables layered between corn tortillas and melted cheddar cheese.  This meal is hearty and delicious.  The leftovers are to die for.  And, my favorite feature in any recipe, you can assemble it in advance and cook it right before dinner.

I like to serve this with pinto beans and cornbread.  And if you’re really feeling the need to balance it all out, add in a green salad for good measure.  You won’t be disappointed.

In the spirit of being real and honest, I am very disappointed by the photos I am about to show you.  They aren’t beautiful, nor do they make me want to eat the food in the picture.  But I swear on all I know to be true, this recipe is awesome, even if my poorly-styled overly-flashed way-too-close-up photos aren’t.

Pretend like this looks delicious and you can’t wait to take a bite.

This is a bubbling pan of deliciousness, even though there isn’t a single thing here that would lead you to believe that statement holds a shred of truth.

Good heavens.  Somebody alert the ugly patrol.  Could there be a more homely, pitiful shot of dinner?

King Ranch Casserole may not be pretty, but she sure is delicious.

Click below for a printable copy of the recipe!

{King Ranch Casserole}

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5 Responses to Weeknight Wonders {King Ranch Casserole}

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  2. Heather says:

    Katherine- knowing how awesome all of your food is- what you think to be poor pictures does not keep me from wanting to take a big bite!! I am adding in one Weeknight Wonder per week to our menu until we work our way through all of them!! Thanks for keeping us well fed:)

    • katherine says:

      Those words make me feel so happy! I have more to share with you, so stay tuned! And please let me know how they turn out for you…I’m always curious to hear.

  3. Sandra says:

    I HAVE to share this with you. This recipe reminds me SO much of my mom. She got the recipe one time from somewhere and made it ALL the time when she was having a lot of people or taking it to church. The funny thing about it though was that she never read the recipe so well and would just layer the soups, etc, instead of mixing them. She was always ‘fast’ at everything she did bc that’s they way she had to cook when we were growing up. So, this made me smile to see it in your list of Weekend recipes. I look forward to trying yours…and will make me think of my mom at the same time. She was quite a lady!
    Thank you!

    • katherine says:

      I love hearing this! I know the dish has been around for a long time, and it sounds like your mom made good use of it. It is definitely one of my all time favorites. Thank you for sharing this!

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