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Commodities Pork Casserole

From: Kassie 
Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2014 10:30 AM
Subject: Pork Casserole

My name is Kassie and in the 1960's on the commodity cans of pork there was a recipe for pork casserole.  
I personally thought it was atrocious but my sister just loved it and I am trying desperately to get that 
recipe for her.  Any help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much,

Hi Kassie,

Sorry, I had no success with this. There is no online source for the recipes that were printed on commodity product cans.

Iíll post this on my site in case a reader can help.


Big Bear Orange Muffins

From: Laura 
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:00 PM
Subject: Big Bear Grocery Stores Orange Muffins 

      HI, Big Bear was a chain of locally - owned grocery stores in the Columbus, Ohio area. 
Sadly, they went out of business some years ago, taking their wonderful orange muffins with them. 
I have tried countless recipes, including some from your site, trying to find something similar, 
to no avail. They were rich, heavily orange - flavored, moist, cake - type muffins. I have also 
searched the Internet, with no luck. Any chance you can find the recipe? 

Hi Laura,

Sorry, while I found a few bits about the Ohio Big Bear Grocery chain, I didnít find even a single mention of their orange muffins.

Iíll post this on my site in case a reader can help.


Chi-Chi's Shredded Beef Chimichangas

From: Debra
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2014 10:31 AM
Subject: Chi Chis Shredded beef Chimichangas

I just happened upon some really great recipes from a long ago restaurant my family used to go to. 
I was sad to see it go. I wonder if you have any luck finding their shredded beef chimichangas recipe? 
I would love to replicate that one!



Hello Debra,

As far as I can determine, there is still no authentic recipe available for Chi-Chiís shredded beef chimichangas.

There is a ďtastes-likeĒ recipe here, but it is made with ground beef, not shredded: Chi-Chi's Beef Chimichangas

There are recipes (not Chi-Chiís) for shredded beef chimichangas on these sites:




Subject: Chi Chi's Enchilada Tacos
From: Timm
Date: 8/3/2020, 12:22 AM

Hey Phaed:

I visited Chi Chi's Mexican Restaurant, when they were open 
in the United States, many times for many years. I simply do 
not† remember ever seeing an enchilada taco on any of their 
menus in any city. I have a couple of their original menus 
and they do not show an enchilada taco. Perhaps their 
Chimichangas is close to the recipe requested.† †
They were available in beef or chicken.

Timm in Oregon

Chi Chi's Beef Chimichangas

20 to 24 ounces ground beef
1 package (7/8 ounce) Chi Chi's Fiesta Restaurante seasoning mix
1/2 cup water
3 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
Six 12 inches flour tortillas
Vegetable oil
For the Sauce:
Two 4 ounce cans green chilies, do not drain
1-1/2 teaspoons beef bouillon
3 cups water
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup water
For the Garnish:
Sour cream
1 bunch sliced green onion

In a saucepan mix the sauce ingredients (excluding the cornstarch and water). 
Bring to a boil, lower the heat and continue to simmer stirring occasionally 
while you complete the recipe. It should end up reduced to about half. When 
reduced stir in the cornstarch mixed with the water and cook until thickened; 
set aside.

Brown the ground beef, drain, and stir in the fiesta restaurante seasoning 
mix and 1/2 cup water and simmer for 5 minutes.

Divide the meat evenly on the tortillas (1/3 of the way down the tortilla) 
do the same with the cheese. Roll the tortilla, starting at the end with the 
meat/cheese after rolling once, fold in the ends and finish rolling. To hold 
it together you may need to use toothpicks or a flour and water mixture to 
seal them.

Fry until golden brown or bake in the oven. To bake in the oven: brush with 
vegetable oil or butter and bake on middle shelf at 400F degrees for 25 minutes. 
Finish under the broiler for about 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Watch 
carefully when under the broiler. Serve with sauce over the top, garnish with 
a dollop of sour cream and sliced green onions. Serve this with some shredded 
lettuce and diced tomatoes or refried beans.

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