I found this recipe in the new October issue of Southern Living Magazine and was thrilled to find a recipe with a bunch of ingredients straight from my pantry. (Doesn't that just make life easy?) It took a whopping 8 minutes to throw in the crockpot, which might be my all-time cooking-up-dinner record!
I had never heard of King Ranch Chicken before but the best way to describe it is a Tex-Mex version of Chicken & Dumplings (Mmmmmm, homemade chicken and dumplings sure sound good too!) Here's what you'll need . . .
1 large onion we didn't have one so I just used 1 tbsp. of onion powder
1 large green bell pepper chopped
1 can cream of chicken soup At Publix it may be cheapest to use the Publix brand; or get it free at Kroger (Campbell's Cream soups on sale $1 at Kroger, use $1.50/3 Campell’s Great for Cooking Soups Shortcuts coupon, stacked with $1.50/3 Campbells Great for Cooking Soups printable)
1 can cream of mushroom soup At Publix it may be cheapest to use the Publix brand; or get it free at Kroger (Campbell's Cream soups on sale $1 at Kroger, use $1.50/3 Campell’s Great for Cooking Soups Shortcuts coupon, stacked with $1.50/3 Campbells Great for Cooking Soups printable)
1 can Ro-Tel Use $1/3 RoTel Publix coupon from Publix Tailgate Booklet, or if you're heading to Kroger load the $0.50/2 Ro Tel Diced Tomato Products Kroger eCoupon to your card
1 garlic clove minced if you're in a hurry like I was just add a tsp. of garlic powder
12 fajita size corn tortillas we used flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese If you don't have any in your stockpile, Sargento Shredded Cheese is on sale $2 at Publix this week
Mix together first 8 ingredients. Tear tortillas into 1 inch strips (I didn't realize until I got to the fifth tortilla that this goes a lot faster when you tear 3 or 4 at a time!) Place 1/3 tortilla pieces into greased crockpot. Add 1/3 chicken mixture and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.
Cover and cook on low 3 1/2 hours. Uncover and continue to cook on low another 30 minutes. I've never cooked anything in my crockpot with the lid off, but it helps make the top a little “crustier” so it tastes more like it was baked in the oven (who knew?) Enjoy!
Serve with. . .
Corn Bread Martha White Muffin Mix Advantage Buy $.75, use $0.55/2 Martha White Baking Mixes or $1/4 Martha White Baking Mixes 8/8/2010 RP Insert Rolling, also watch for B2G1 Peelies (Thanks, Jen!)
Recipe adapted from Southern Living Magazine (if you'd like your own copy of Southern Living this month, be sure to use the $1/1 Southern Living Magazine coupon HERE!) A big thanks also to I Heart Publix and Two Thrifty Sisters for the coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for bargain meal deals. If you need a little more menu inspiration, be sure to visit the Recipe Index.
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