Recipe by Meghan Foster
"Vegan-friendly treat with a kick! Or delicious covered with cheese."
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red bell pepper, chopped
sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (10 ounce) can
diced tomatoes with green chile peppers (such as RO*TEL®)
1 (15 ounce) can
black beans, drained and rinsed
salt and ground black pepper to taste
fresh spinach leaves, or to taste
yellow squash, cubed
1 (4 ounce) packet
saltine crackers, crushed
shredded Cheddar cheese
Seems so simple but very good. I dumped a bunch of water out the bottom but then worried it would be too dry... just dolloped some sour cream on top = perfect! Next time I will cut squash smaller so easier to mix the layers. Thanks for the recipe! (Oh, needed to use up some pinto beans and was able to put in 3 1/2 cups!)
I'm not quite sure why I didn't love this since all the ingredients are some of my favorite things. Only things I did differently was to use Adobo seasoning in place of the S & P and I used Ritz garlic butter crackers. Maybe garden fresh squash doesn't lend itself to these flavors. Next time I will ditch the squash, add another can of beans and top it with corn or nacho chips.
This is my third time to make this, and we love it! I'm vegan, my husband and son are not, so I separate this into two casserole dishes, one with cheese and one without. I top mine with diced avocado, and I'm convinced that mine is every bit as good as the one with cheese. Mmmm. I did find that the squash was a little undercooked the first go round, so I started putting just the squash in the casserole dish, covering it with foil, and baking it for 15 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
I love the flavors of this recipe, but I think it might need something to make it less watery. I worried about the texture when I put it in and it came out with a lot of liquid. I think next time I'll add some crackers to the mixture as well as sprinkling them on top. Really the only things I change was I used 2 yellow squash and 2 zucchini and I tossed in the squash/zucchini with the other vegetables to cook just a touch (not all the way through.) When I realized it wasn't as thick as I hoped, I put it on top of some refried beans and it was great! I think I might strain out some water and use this as either taco salad topper or layer this with some tortillas for a Southwest casserole. The flavor is EXCELLENT - just gonna play with it to get the texture I want.
I used acorn squash and went easy on spice in order to accommodate my family and it tasted delicious. I will definitely make this again. I also did not sauté everything as long as the recipe suggested. Instead, I threw it in the oven while peppers were still crispy and then baked until tender.
I used butternut squash instead of summer squash (pictured above) since that's what I had in the house and it worked really well. The sweetness of the squash with the spices was a great combination.
This was a huge hit with family and friends. I omitted the mushrooms and substituted crushed Cheez-its, crushed French fried onions, and Italian bread crumbs for the crackers. This was mentioned in a comment so thought I would try it. I also used a combination of yellow summer squash and zucchini and I upped the amount of salsa and added a can of corn. I made this twice and once I added chicken. I also used coconut oil instead of olive oil. EVOO doesn't have a high smoke point so is not good for cooking but coconut oil does and is very good for you. I also didn't put cheese on top just mixed into the casserole. I added more of the cracker mix at the bottom than called for to soak up so liquid. I came out perfect and very Delicious.
Delicious flavor and great way to use bountiful zucchini. We added diced, cooked chicken breasts and it barely fit into a 9x13 pan. Instead of crushed crackers, we had leftover topping/breading from the "Amazing Crusted Chicken" recipe on this site. The topping from that recipe is crushed Cheez-its, crushed French fried onions, and Italian bread crumbs. Best. Substitution. Ever. We also added an additional 1/2 cup of this breading to the bottom of the dish to assist with the moisture that other reviewers commented on. Our dish was not runny at all. Will make again!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spicy Southwest Squash Casserole
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 323
** Calories from Fat: 105
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