My mom always made this great beef-noodle casserole called Texas Hash.  It is not what I usually think of as “hash” (a thick concoction of potatoes and vegetables with a little beef thrown in for good measure).  No, this is a beef and noodle casserole where the noodles cook in the juice from the tomatoes.  It is “off the chain” as my son says, and I will be making it for company tomorrow night.  It really is a nice change from all of the rich and sweet foods that come along with the holidays.

Texas Hash

  • 3 large onions, sliced (I usually only use one large, sweet onion)
  • 1 large green pepper, minced
  • 3 tbsp. margarine
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes
  • 2 cups uncooked noodles
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

Sauté onions and green pepper in margarine until onions are yellow.  Add ground beef and sauté until mixture falls apart.  Stir in tomatoes, noodles, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.  Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  Remove cover last 15 minutes.  Makes 6 servings.

  • 6 servings is a little optimistic.  It feeds my family of four.
  • Great with a salad and garlic bread.


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