Saturday, August 27, 2011

Skillet Mexican Pasta

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Ro-tel has been the zest of the Southwest for over 60 years. Way back in the 1940s, Carl Roettele opened a small family canning plant in Elsa, Texas. His theory was simple, fresh ingredients and unique blends of products would deliver a flavorful addition to recipes in his home state of Texas. Starting with the freshest, most flavorful tomatoes, he added chopped green chili peppers and a special blend of spices to create a sensational taste.

Figuring no one would be able to spell or pronounce Roettele, he used the name ro-tel on his products. Although they canned 25,000 cases of vegetables a year, Roettele and his wife were most proud of their tomatoes and green chilies.

Their pride was justified for it wasn't long before ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies were gracing the tables of public figures and politicians throughout Texas.

Originally, ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies were only shipped as far away as San Antonio, Houston and Dallas. By 1956, they had made their way to Oklahoma and Arkansas. Then, in 1963, the wife of a popular politician in Washington bragged to a national magazine about her recipe for homemade chili. She revealed to them the secret ingredient that made her chili better than anyone else's ro-tel tomatoes and green chilies. Since then, ro-tel, with its zesty flavor, has been the secret ingredient that's made ordinary recipes come alive with Southwestern flavor.

Because the original ro-tel proved to be so popular, extra hot and milder were added to the product line along with Mexican, Italian, chili fixin’s and diced in sauce.

Whatever variety, ro-tel is the perfect ingredient to include when you want to give everyday meals great tasting Southwestern flavor. Ro-tel is truly the zest of the Southwest.
By http://www.ro-tel.com/rotel-history.jsp, Ro-Tel * is a registered trademark of Conagra Food Inc

Skillet Mexican Pasta
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 pound ground beef
1 (10 oz) can tomatoes with green chilies
2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 cup uncooked elbow macaroni pasta
cheddar cheese, garnish
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Directions:
In large skillet, cook ground beef over medium high heat. Breaking meat up as it cooks. Season meat with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and crushed red pepper. Cook until no longer pink. Add tomatoes with green chilies, tomato sauce and water. Bring to boil. Stir in pasta, cover and simmer for 12 to 14 minutes, until pasta tender. Stirring occasionally. Garnish with cheddar cheese. Enjoy!



23 comments:

  1. I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of you, for being a part of Christine's Pantry. I don't always have time to respond to every comment or email, but I do read each one and your kindness means a lot to me. You keep Christine's Pantry going. Thank you very much! I love you all.

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  2. This looks delicious! ;D
    Must try it some day, seems so easy to cook!
    Btw, what can I use if I can't get any rotel here in Singapore?

    Hope you've a great weekends! ;)

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  3. This pasta sounds super delicious! I love using Rotel tomatoes - and I loved learning more about them from you =)

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  4. Hi,

    If you can't find rotel, you can buy a can of diced tomatos and 1 (5oz) can of diced green chiles and mix together, and there is your rotel.

    Ro-Tel * is a registered trademark of Conagra Food INC.

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  5. Oh thanks so much for your info Christine! Great appreciated! I'll let you know how it turns out when I try it, tks! ;)

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  6. Mexitalian what a great culinary combo..

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  7. I love ease with good taste and this has both! Lovely!

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  8. What a great idea Christine! It kind of reminds me of a homemade version of hamburger helper. I don't eat meat but my boyfriend would definitly appreciate this meal for dinner. Thanks!

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  9. Hi Christine! GREAT history on a pantry staple. I just recently started using Ro-Tel in the last 10 years...

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  10. If you try a certain recipe please leave a comment. I love hearing feedback on my recipes. Thanks!

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  11. Hi Christina! pasta is looks delicious. Thanks for sharing this.

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  12. Must been oozing with flavors looking at all the ingredients into this dish.

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  13. love the idea of skillet mexican pasta! i've never heard of ro-tel before actually. green chilis with tomatoes sound like a winning combo :D

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  14. I had never even heard of Ro-Tel until now, but I love the idea of making any dish into a Mexican themed dish! =) Looks tasty!

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  15. This mexican pasta is delicious!

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  16. This looks perfect for a week night dinner...quick and delicious!

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  17. Sounds great! I like the idea of combining pasta with mexican flavor

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  18. I made this recipe tonight for dinner. It was awesome! Thanks!

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  19. Hi Anonymous,

    I'm glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the feedback.

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  20. Aw man, I would've loved this when I was a meat-eater! I used to LOVE tacos, and this sounds like one big bowl of taco PLUS pasta! Can't go wrong there :)

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  21. I have been eating macaroni and sauce for days now, and am dying for variations...this looks SO good, and I have a couple of cans of rotel in the pantry. Can't wait to make it!

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