Mexican Menu Thanks to Gooseberry Patch’s Big Book of Home Cooking

I know you thought I got lost somewhere!  It has been crazy busy as I know it has been for so many of you out there.  Be looking for a post in the very near future that will let you know about a little fund raising project I am working on.  I would appreciate your input and help with it when the time comes.

Last night was Mexican Buffet  night at our house! And I have (finally) a couple of  new recipes from Gooseberry Patch’s Big Book of Home Cooking.  As I said before it has been a busy week and these two recipes are PERFECT for that!  Quick, simple, on hand ingredients (at least at my house) and oh so delicious!   So give these a try, I know you and yours will love them too!  I made these two wonderful dishes and a big skillet of Spanish rice and it was all so YUMMY!


King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup green pepper, diced
  • 8 ounce package sliced mushrooms*
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 T chicken broth
  • 12 six inch corn tortillas, torn into quarters and divided
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, diced and divided
  • 16 ounce package shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

In a large skillet over medium heat, saute onion, pepper and mushrooms in butter.  Add soups, tomatoes with juice, garlic, chili powder and broth.  Heat until bubbly and set aside.  Arrange half the tortillas in a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking pan.  Top with 1/2 the chicken, half the sauce and half the cheese.  Repeat layers.  Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, until hot and bubbly.  Serves 6

* Left these out – a couple of us have severe reactions to mushrooms 🙁  Not so much an allergy as an aversion :/ But used the cream of mushroom soup since there are very few little bits of mushrooms.

NOTE: Why not double and freeze one!? You will have a dish already prepared and ready to bake for the next potluck or crazy busy week night!

I LOVE enchiladas and these are TOO easy not to make often!

Now this recipe is even more special because it already makes two pans of food so either freeze one or make sure you invited company for supper!

Easy Cheesy Enchiladas

3 pounds ground beef

2 1 1/4 ounce packages taco seasoning mix

1 cup water

16 ounce can refried beans

2 packages 10 inch flour tortillas

10 3/4 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

10 3/4 ounce can cream of chicken soup

2 10 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles

1 1/2 pound pasteurized process cheese spread, cubed

Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat, drain.  Add seasoning mix and water, simmer for 5 minutes.  Add beans, cook 5 more minutes.  Spread mixture down the center of the tortillas; roll up.  Arrange seam-side down in 2 lightly greased 13 x 9 baking pans; set aside.  Combine remaining ingredients in a medium sauce pan.  Cook over medium heat until cheese is melted; spoon over enchiladas. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and freeze, or bake, covered at 350 for 15 minutes, until bubbly.  Serves 12-16.

Garnish with a dollops of sour cream and sprinkle with sliced green onions just before serving.

NOTE: This is sooo easy and so good!  You will love it.  ALSO: I used 1/2 flour tortillas and 1/2 corn tortillas.  I put the other pan in the freezer for when I need a quick fix supper!


Now aren’t you hungry???!!!


All you have to do is leave a comment at the end of each post pertaining to this giveaway and Early Bird Review and consider yourself entered.  I will be posting at least  4 amazing recipes from this book over the next couple weeks and then on Monday September 12,  I will draw a name from the trusty mason jar and announce the winner.  So counting the earlier post which was really an introduction, you have at least 5 chances to get your name in the drawing!  Who knows, this book is so big (hence the name!) how many recipes I might get posted.  And of course it would be nice of you to tell your friends if you have facebook or a blog of your  own.

NOTE: This HUGE WONDERFUL book will be published September 20th…so if you don’t win, you better get yourself a copy!

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I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks so much for the chance and your recipes look GREAT!

Lois Pearsey

When I get my hands on this big, Watch out….. I will be cooking for the entire neighborhood. Can’t wait. The enchiladas look amazing….

I haven’t made King Ranch Chicken Casserole in a long time! That sounds so good and I have everything on hand to make the Enchiladas too! That’s one of the things I love about Gooseberry Patch cookbooks…I often have everything to make whatever recipe catches my eye. Don’t have this one though so thank you for the opportunity to win it! My mouth is already watering!

I am so addicted to these books and I can’t wait to try this one out as well. Thank you for the contest.

Rhonda Darbro

I have been making a King Ranch Chicken Casserole for several years now. The family loves it. I would love to win Gooseberry Patch’s Big Book of Home Cooking.

Rhonda Darbro

I have just added the Easy Cheesy Enchiladas to our menu for this next week. Can hardly wait to try them.

Yum!! I love anything Mexican so I will give these a try.

My son-in-law is VERY allergic to anything with mushrooms in it so I substitute Cream of Celery Soup for Mushroom Soup. I really can’t tell any difference in the taste. I’m wondering how some chopped celery would substitute for the fresh mushrooms. I will be printing these recipes so I can experiment! I love Gooseberry cookbooks! Haven’t gone wrong with any of their recipes yet!


Mmmm! The enchiladas sound especially delicious!!

mary fanara coleman

Wow…awesome giveaway. Love the King Ranch Chicken casserole.

Lara Harris

These look so delicious!!!!!!

Betty Kass

I have COPD and am unable to do much of anything so I look for simple, fast recipes that I can surprise my son and his family with every now and then. This looks so simple to make and I am so anxious to try it. I can’t stand in the same spot more than 1-2 minutes, but I can sit and do most of this recipe. Thank you so much for posting this. I just love Gooseberry Cookbooks and all your items!!!

Brenda Peterson

I can’t wait to try both of these. Thanks for sharing and the contest.

Stacy Shiffer

Everything sounds awesome!!! I have never heard of Gooseberry Patch until a few weeks ago! I have made a couple of things for supper and have loved everything! I would be so happy to get my hands on this book! Hopefully the lucky mason jar will spit out my name! Happy cooking :0)


I LOVE Gooseberry Patch cookbooks and cook from them all the time. I was thinking Chicken Enchiladas for dinner tonight so this is perfect!


This looks yummy! I shall be making this soon! Thanks

Leanna Morris

I LOVE anything Gooseberry Patch. The 3 recipes sound great…and I can hardly wait to get this book!


I love Mexican food, I have been a fan of your textbooks since I started cooking on my own. I will have to try both of these recipes.


Looks wonderful my whole family loves mexican can’t wait to try them.


Sounds delicious coming from Gooseberry Patch you can never go wrong!


I absolutely love Gooseberry Patch Books. I am in senior housing and these 2 recipes are just what the doctor ordered (pardon the pun). Thanks for giving me a chance to win this book.

Sabrina Barlow

These recipes both sound yummy! I love Gooseberry Patch! I love to cook and bake! Thanks for sharing the recipes and for a chance to win!

Debbie Caraballo

What an awesome giveaway – I love Gooseberry Patch cookbooks! Those enchiladas looks so delicious! Mexican food is my very favorite…thanks for this opportunity!


Elayne Aoki

I can’t wait to see inside this book! It looks like there are some awesome recipes! I bought my first gooseberry recipe book a couple of months ago and now I am hooked!

The weather is cooler and I can’t wait to make these recipes. I make homemade enchiladas and this is a different way to make them. Thanks for your cookbooks…

These recipes are going to be made very soon. Thanks for your cookbooks.

Heidi cockrell

Love gooseberry patch and this book looks awesome!

Julie Cianciolo

Sounds great! I would love to add this to my Gooseberry Patch recipe book collection!

Diane Nichols

Looks and sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try both!

I would love a chance at the Gooseberry Patch book! Love their recipe books!

OOOOOO thank you for the chances to win this great book! I love GBP and i love your site. hugs Marie

I absolutely LOVE enchiladas!!!! and these look especially good! I can’t wait to get a look at that new Gooseberry Patch Book, thanks for giving me the chance to win this cookbook. Arlene Marie Pitts, email

both of these recipes sound oh, so yummy. we love enchiladas in our house so I may have to get trying this recipe. the chicken casserole sounds wonderful too. thanks I’d love to win the cookbook. thanks for the chance

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Cindy B.

The Easy Cheesy Enchiladas looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. I had the King Ranch Chicken Casserole, it’s one of my favorites. I would love to win this book. Gooseberry Patch are the Best!!!

Susan Hatcher

These look great. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

Oooooh, what a great give away! I love Gooseberry Patch recipes and these look exceptionally yummy! I will definitely be trying these.