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Five Can Queso {Makeover}

January 31, 2013
five can queso

The Superbowl is just around the corner and our family is excited. We used to have large Superbowl parties when we were first married but then our friends and I had too many kids and the house just became smaller and smaller feeling each year as kids crawled over us as we tried to watch.

This year it’s a toss up as to who we want to win. I think we’re all leaning towards the 49ers, but my son and daughter love Michael Oher from the Blind Side so the Ravens  are on their list too.

five can queso

When I first got married, you all know by now that I couldn’t cook. It was pretty scary and our takeout and grocery bill was pretty insane. First because I tried to cook and then we just opted for takeout after a horrible attempt was made to try to recreate a meal I saw in a cookbook. Our grocery bill back then rivaled the one that we have now with three kids and two dogs to pay for.

One of the first recipes that I was introduced to was called “Five Can Casserole.” My mother in law made it all the time while my husband was growing up and it became one of his favorites.

The meat mixture has become one of our favorites, and we’ve turned it into an incredibly easy queso dip.

If you do an internet search though, “Five Can Casserole” recipes actually come up with tuna and chicken ingredients. The one that we enjoy has beef, creamed soups, enchilada sauce and salsa. It’s then made into a casserole with the use of corn tortillas.


While this might not be considered the healthiest of recipes to some with the use of canned food, we also understand that it’s hard to cook organic from scratch every night. This meal is a healthier game time alternative and a meal that we make on occasion when time is short. Often I have already made up the beef and have it frozen so I can quickly thaw it and add the ingredients.


You won’t be disappointed. It’s a hearty meal that is delicious for you. Grab your chips and queso and sit down, it’s Superbowl time!

Five Can Queso {Makeover}

1 lb lean ground beef or bison (you could substitute chicken or turkey too).

1 14.5 oz can cream of chicken soup (I used Health Valley organic)

1 14.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup (I used Health Valley organic)

1 10 oz can mild enchilada sauce

1 4.5 oz can mild diced green chiles

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used Cabot 1%)

1 cup salsa

Turn on stove to medium heat. In a large sauce pan, pour approximately one tablespoon of olive oil. Place the meat in the pan and with a spatula break up the meat as much as you can into little pieces. Cook on the stove, stirring meat frequently until meat is browned and no pink remains. To check for doneness, break open some of the larger pieces of meat and check for any signs of pink. Remove meat from the stove and drain meat and fat in a colander. Rinse for one minute with hot water.

Once water has drained from the meat, pour the meat back into the saucepan. Set the heat to low medium and pour the soups, green chiles, enchilada sauce, black beans, shredded cheese and salsa into the saucepan and heat until warm and cheese melts, stirring occasinally. If sauce looks too thin, add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to thicken. Pour queso into serving bowls and serve with chips.

Optional Cooking Directions: After meat has been browned and drained, pour meat, soups, enchilada sauce, green chiles, black beans, cheese and salsa into a crockpot and heat on high for one hour or low for 1-2 hours until cheese has been melted. Stir once or twice during cooking to incorporate the cheese.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2013 3:31 pm

    That looks great!

    Visiting from SITS.

  2. joyfromyesterfood permalink
    February 2, 2013 5:59 pm

    I saw this on SITS Girls’ Saturday Sharefest and had to come over and take a look! I love that it can be a dip or a casserole….and that you can fix it in the crockpot if you want. Thanks for a great time-saver recipe!
    ~Joy from Yesterfood

  3. joyfromyesterfood permalink
    February 2, 2013 6:03 pm

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  4. February 2, 2013 7:22 pm

    Happy Sharefest! This looks very quick and easy! Perfect for a Super Bowl get-together. 🙂

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