Hot dog! I took my King Ranch Casserole, swapped in franks for chicken, and a legend was born. People go wild for this new taste sensation.
Jake's Weenie Bake
Makes 4 to 6 servings
"Jake wants a weenie bake, steak and a layer cake . . ."
— In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Carmichael/Mercer
2 tablespoons oil (canola or olive)
1 1/2 packages (10.3 ounce size) all beef franks (9 total), sliced bite-size
2 teaspoons chili powder, divided
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 sweet onion, diced
1 can (10 ounces) Ro-Tel tomatoes with green chilies, drained
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chiles
1 can (15 ounces) red kidney beans
1 can (10.5 ounces) cream of celery soup
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1/2 cup sliced scallions, white and green parts
9 corn tortillas, quartered
8 ounces (2 cups) shredded pepper jack cheese
Diced pimento, sliced jalapeño for garnish
Heat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat, add franks. Season with 1 teaspoon chili powder, brown 5 minutes. Remove from skillet, set aside.
In skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onion and other teaspoon chili powder, cook till softened, 4 minutes. Add tomatoes, chiles, beans, soup, sugar, salt, vinegar. Stir and simmer till incorporated, 5 minutes. Add scallions, stir.
In prepared baking dish, spread a few tablespoons heated tomato-bean mixture, layer 1/3 tortillas. Making sure soup mixture covers edges of all tortillas as you go, layer 1/2 franks, 1/3 cheese, 1/2 remaining soup mixture. Layer 1/3 tortillas, last 1/2 franks, 1/3 cheese, last 1/3 tortillas, last 1/2 remaining soup mixture, last 1/3 cheese.
Bake covered 20 minutes, uncovered 15 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes then serve to dances of joy.
This is Jake. He loves a good weenie bake. 🐕🦺 🌭
Tell 'em Frank'll be there!