Cooking in England | Spicy Beef Casserole

Beef really isn't my favorite meat. I try and live by the mantra that if I couldn't kill it myself, I shouldn't eat it. I could easily kill a chicken. Fishing is fun. Now, a pig would be much harder, but a cow?? That's a big no. Ok, now is the time when I need to stop talking about killing animals and get back to the recipe! I'm morbid.....and weird. I know.

In the spirit of staying lower carb and more protein for my Zeal for Life Challenge, I came up with this little gem of a recipe and I love it for many reasons. First of all, it helps with curing my need for spicy food. I miss mexican food SO MUCH it hurts. So anything spicy makes me happy. Secondly, its meaty enough for my husband to think he is manly while eating it. Thirdly, you can adjust the dairy products to light or fat free to reduce the fat and calorie intake. And lastly, it helps me clear out some veggies from the fridge!

If you have other vegetables that may suit your tastes in this dish, throw them in too! I honestly don't even know what type of pepper this is below, and would normally just just use a regular red bell pepper. But this one had no other destiny, so I went with it, and it was perfect.

Random sized tomatoes from the fridge. two medium tomatoes will work. Use what you have!

Dinner is served!

Spicy Beef Casserole
1 lb ground beef
1 onion
1 red pepper ( I used the one on the pic)
1 can Original Rotel
2 medium tomatoes
4 oz cream cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon Chipotle Chilli Pepper, or other spicy seasoning
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup cilantro

Preheat oven to 350. Brown beef in large skillet. Drain and set aside. Saute chopped onion and red pepper in the same skillet used for beef, for about 5 minutes. Add rotel and tomatoes. Then add spinach and stir gently. The spinach will begin to wilt down. Once spinach is wilted, fold in cream cheese and seasonings. Then return the drained beef to the skillet and mix.

Pour mixture into a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top evenly. Bake 25 minutes, or until cheese melts and dish is bubbly. Sprinkle with cilantro. Let set for about 5 minutes and serve with sour cream.

Dad, I hope you like this one :)

Happy Friday!



  1. This looks really yummy! Although, I think I might sub ground turkey for the beef because it's not really my favorite meat either! Where did you find Rotel?! I haven't seen it in Sainsbury's - that's where I do most of our grocery shopping!

    1. I think if a bunch of us American girls got together, we probably could open a Mexican restaurant haha!! Yes, turkey would be a delicious substitute. I have to admit, I get to cheat a little as an expat because of my access to the USAF base and just about every American food you can imagine is there....sometimes they sell out though! And I only go about once a month due to the distance but I definitely feel spoiled :) I will bring you some next time I'm down for a blogger event if you like!!

    2. There are some delicious Mexican restaurants in London. *And I do narcissistically feel like an expert as a native New Mexican* However, if one of you ladies can figure out how I can get Hatch Green Chile here without paying an arm and a leg, I'd die happy! ;)

    3. I can get Hatch Green Chile on base too...see I'm spoiled. When I left NM I didn't know how I would live without it!! Next time I'm in London, I will come bearing gifts :)

    4. Ahh! I'm so jealous!! Too bad they don't open up their doors to civilians! :o) But yes, please - I'd love it if you brought me a few cans of Rotel, but only if it's not too much trouble. I'd save them for special occasions! :o)

      Someone mentioned Amazon was a good place to get American foods delivered to your door, but I haven't checked it out yet. I might try that sometime. We're coming up on a year here and I've definitely noticed I've been missing certain foods and brands from home more than usual!

    5. I totally will :) I'll shoot you an email next time I'm down!! I can't live without Rotel!!

  2. Yum! I love recipes that I can use whatever is in my fridge and this would be a winner for my meat loving guy as well.

    1. Me too! I am the queen of "concoctions" haha!! I just throw a bunch off stuff together sometimes and it turns out amazing :)

  3. Wow, this looks sooo good. Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. I will try it this week. Love you, Dad