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Aug 26, 2011 05:18 AM

What would you do with 1 lb. of ground pork?

I have 1 lb. of ground pork I took out of the freezer for dinner and need some suggestions. I don't want to make spaghetti sauce so give me some ideas. I was thinking about deconstructed stuffed peppers but not so sure-so any suggestions welcome.

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  1. Funny you should ask. I have a pound of uncured homemade chorizo defrosting in the fridge. The chorizo will be used instead of ground beef to make Texas Hash. If you are not familiar with Texas Hash, it is a ground meat and rice dish prepared as a casserole.

    I've made this casserole several times, never using more than a pound of ground meat.

    Two recipes follow...

    Texas Hash
    1 to 1½ lb lean ground beef
    3 large onions, sliced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 green bell pepper, seeded, chopped
    1 can diced tomatoes with juice
    ½ cup uncooked long-grain rice
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    1 to 2 tsp salt, or to taste
    ½ teaspoon pepper

    Lightly grease a 2-quart casserole dish. Brown the beef and onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

    When onions are translucent, add garlic and green pepper; cook until green pepper is softened.
    Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients.

    Transfer mixture to the casserole dish; cover with lid or foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 15 minutes longer.

    Serves 4 to 6.

    Texas Hash Casserole

    1½ pounds hamburger
    1 large green pepper, chopped
    ½ cup rice, uncooked
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 large onion, chopped
    16 ounces can tomatoes
    2 teaspoons salt
    ½ teaspoon black pepper
    Brown hamburger, onion, and green pepper; drain. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into casserole dish. Cover and bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.

    2 Replies
    1. re: ChiliDude

      Texas Hash is one of the ultimate comfort foods in our family. :) I can't wait until it cools down enough to use the oven again.....

      1. re: ChiliDude

        Hi, would you post your homemade chorizo recipe?


      2. Tacos??

        You could always make sausage patties out of it.

        I do like the stuffed peppers idea. I wouldn't deconstruct though.


        1. What about an Asian-inspired casserole? Shredded nappa cabbage, thinly-sliced onion, ginger garlic soy, browned ground meat, crumbled; sliced water chestnuts; baked with stock and stock thickened at the last w/ cornstarch - serve with rice. Mushrooms or bellpeppers or both, sliced, would work well with this. You could also make some really good sweet and sour meatballs with noodles, or Swedish meatballs with mashed and gravy. It would be totally fine as the meat for tacos, too. Or you could season it with sausage spices and have breakfast for dinner.

          1. Mix in some garlic, ginger, green onion, sesame oil, maybe some fish sauce and make some "Asian" burgers.

              You'll need a few more ingredients, but I'd make these egg rolls!