Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole

Chili Cheese Dog Casserole. Here is another easy dinner idea. I love chili, and I love chili cheese dogs. Here is a great combo that my family loved. I served this with chips. Here’s the thing, my downstairs air conditioning is not working well. For example, it’s hot in my downstairs. Add that to the frustration over my pool not being ready. Depending on others has proven that we should only lean on ourselves and teach ourselves. So, our pool is green with frogs, our air is going out, and I had grandbabies and a child(ren) living on the struggle bus.

Now, let’s look at the positive. The upstairs air is working. Then we had the theater room, which was a lovely temperature, so we hung out and watched a show. Most of my kids were home to eat and get haircuts. I had my grandbabies, which is a positive all by itself. After my husband worked some brain magic, the pool got cloudy but cleared up. This recipe was quick and easy, and I could do it in stages to not heat my house to the levels of hell itself.


Hotdogs (I bought bun length)

Crescent rolls (2 packages)

American Cheese Slices

Ground Beef



Seasoning Mix

Chili Mix

Chili Beans – 2 Cans

Cheddar Cheese



Take a crescent roll, a slice of cheese (I half it), and a hotdog. Roll your crescent roll out, lay down your cheese, place your hotdog (I slit it down the middle so it doesn’t explode), and roll it up. Please put it in a 13×9 greased dish. Bake at 375 for about 10-12 minutes.

In a skillet, brown your beef, onion, garlic, and seasoning. Once done, drain the grease and place it back in the pan. From there, I add the chili beans and chili mix. Stir it well. Take the chili and scoop it around the hot dogs. Sprinkle with cheddar. Cover and bake until it is all heated. Serve with chips or rice.


Everyone likes this. I made the mistake of cooking it warm to prevent me from turning my oven up too high. I should have kept it covered because I felt the beans got too done and a bit hard. With no liquid in this, nothing can keep everything soft. The aluminum foil keeps the beans good in texture.

However, everyone loved this dish. My husband asked for it to be on our rotation, though we don’t have a rotation. I need to be more diligent about writing down what I cook. There are things that I make that he loves, and I have zero remembrance of how I made them. Shelf-cooking is just a natural part of who I am. Also, leftovers are a thing we don’t usually have lying around. If I have something left over, I use it in another dish. Maybe writing down my recipes will help me have a rotation to make my husband happy! He loves it when I remember how to make something.



Chicken Fajita Casserole

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Let’s take a break from these heavy topics and go for the food!

You can adjust this recipe to fit your needs. This recipe filled a 13×9 dish. You could cut the recipe in half if you don’t want that much food. I added some stuff, so I will list what I used, and you can adjust as you wish!

Bart does not love Mexican food. Let me rephrase that he doesn’t love it when I cook Mexican food. However, everyone else in my house loves it. Occasionally, I will sneak it into my rotation. This week, I am trying to solely shelf-cook. For the week, I spent around $100 on groceries (not all food items, some non-food-related things). I am trying to use up what I have and then restock. With groceries getting so high, it is a constant pull to stock up or shelf-cook as much as possible.

This Chicken Fajita Casserole was so easy, and I had all the ingredients already on hand, so that made it even better. Put it together, and it will cook in no time. About five tortillas were left over, so I cut them into triangles and threw them in a bowl with oil, chili powder, and sea salt. From there, I put the lid on and shook them up. They went on a sheet pan, and I fanned them all out and cooked them at 350 for about 5 minutes. I served the chips with this dish. You could also do store-bought tortilla chips or rice.


Seasoning for Chicken and Veggies

2 1/2 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. pepper

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 tsp. onion powder

1/4 tsp. oregano

1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Should I admit now that I don’t measure anything? Ever. I’m spitballing for all of you right now.

Chicken Fajita Casserole Ingredients

Bag of frozen (thawed and chopped) chicken fajita strips

One orange pepper

One yellow pepper

One zucchini

Fresh portobello mushrooms

Minced garlic

One onion

One stick of butter (you can use oil)

One block of cream cheese

1/2 c. sour cream

Cheddar Cheese


I took premade chicken fajita strips and cut them into bite-sized pieces for the Chicken Fajita Casserole. I added them to a large bowl. Next, I took a yellow pepper, orange pepper, onion, one zucchini, fresh mushrooms, and some minced garlic for this casserole. I cut, into slices, all of the veggies and put them in the bowl.

I put the seasoning blend inside that bowl of meat and veggies. Put the lid on the bowl and shake it up very well. From there, I put that in the fridge and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Next time, it will be in there for an hour. I want to make sure that everything is marinated well in it.

Once that was ready, I got my cast iron skillet, added a 1/2 stick of butter, and melted it in the pan. I threw my chicken and veggies in there, and I slowly cooked it. I added another 1/2 stick of butter and put a cookie sheet over the pan to tenderize the veggies. The chicken was pre-cooked and frozen. I bought it in the freezer section of Walmart, and I let it thaw in the sick before I chopped it up.


I preheated my oven to 350. Then, I grease a 13×9 dish. I put all the chicken and veggies on the bottom of the pan. Then, I mixed 1/2 c. sour cream and one block of cream cheese in another bowl. I spread that over the top of my chicken fajita casserole mixture.

On top of that, I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on top of—Bake for 20 minutes. Let sit for a couple of minutes to let the juices do their thing.