Sunday, May 13, 2012

What's In A Name?

"Franks go  'Mexican' in Wienie-lottas.  Easy on the cook as well as the budget."


8 to 10 frozen tortillas
2 10 ½ oz cans chili without beans
1 T. instant minced onion
6 to 8 drops bottled hot pepper sauce
1 pound (8 to 10) frankfurters
1 8-oz can tomato sauce
¼ cup seeded and chopped canned green chili peppers
4 oz sharp natural Cheddar cheese, shredded (1 cup)

Cook tortillas in water according to package directions.  Combine next three ingredients.  Place a frank on each tortilla; top each with 2 tablespoons chili mixture (reserve remaining).  Roll tortillas around franks.  Arrange, seam side down, in 12 x 7 ½ x 2 inch baking dish.  Combine remaining chili mixture and tomato sauce; pour over tortillas.  Sprinkle with chili peppers.  Bake at350° for 25 to 30 minutes.  Top with cheese.  Serves 4 or 5.

From Better Homes and Gardens Casserole Cook Book, 1968, a time when evidently tortillas were still exotic enough to be only widely available frozen.  There are things I don't miss about the good old days; I can remember being stationed in Quantico in 1979 and inquiring about the closest Mexican restaurant, only to be assured that there was a Taco Bell in Woodbridge.

I don’t feel bad about posting Mexican recipes two weeks in a row because I really don’t think this counts as Mexican.  I’m awfully slow – it took me two readings of the recipe before I got the “wienie-lotta” reference.


Sam said...

Taco Bell is not Mexican or food.So thanks for the receipes.

Anne said...

Tortillas were also available canned. They came in a large flat can that you opened with a "key", piece of metal with a slot in it. Similar to the way coffee used to be packaged. That was in the Dark Ages before Taco Bell.