Crock Pot Cheesy Meat and Hashbrown Casserole

0 Posted by - January 19, 2012 - Food & Drink

We’ve already covered that I’m vain. I’m also lazy. So lazy, in fact, that even when I am home all day, I cannot bring myself to make something that requires more effort than throwing a bunch of shit into my crockpot. That’s why this pin appealed to me, despite the unappetizing photography.

The real recipe called for chicken and a can of evaporated milk, neither of which I had. I did happen to have ground beef and a can of enchilada sauce, though. I should tell you that when I decide to make a recipe with my own modifications because I think I’m smarter than the recipe, things tend to go badly. The cornbread melts off the corndogs. The cake never rises. The fudge has to be scraped from the bottom of the pan directly into the garbage can. But I’m a brave soul, so I held my breath and gave it a try.

The ingredients, looking ready to assemble into a mighty morphin power ranger of a super casserole.

In the crock

When dinner time rolled around, the house smelled somewhat appetizing, which was definitely more than I was expecting. The dished out concoction was ugly, but then, so was the original pin.

As you can see, mine looks slightly less like cat vomit and slightly more like cow crap. Maybe the trick to this whole pin testing thing is only to test pins that already look awful. Then my awful isn’t worse– just different.

As far as the taste, my fellow taster and I declared it “not terrible,” which, while it’s not a ringing endorsement by any stretch, is certainly not the worst food review I’ve ever gotten. Most days I aspire to “not terrible.” So I’ll take it.

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  • Beth Caudill

    The original looks very unappetizing. Yours doesn’t look so bad. :)

    Glad it came out edible.

    • Pintester

      And the ringing endorsements continue! “Edible.” “Not so bad-looking.” YES!!

  • Carol A. Strickland

    I have a Scottish friend who loves to take pictures of the meals he’s about to eat, whether they might come from his kitchen or an Edinburgh restaurant. 99% of the time I say to myself, “I am SO glad I don’t live in the UK!” The stuff is usually whitish, and if there’s any vegetable in sight, it looks to be (urgh) canned peas. He seems to prefer starchy dishes combined with beans and dumplings. I’m sure some enchilada sauce could only help his dishes!

    • Pintester

      Well I can’t say how the original tasted, but it looked like day-old snot, so I think mine wins on that count at least.

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  • Connie

    day old snot is being nice. I thought it looked like cat hairballs my cats upchuck. Esp. on the edges. Glad I’m not making that for dinner. Would try your version though.

  • momof2

    so then you didnt make the recipe? You made a completely different recipe?

  • DigitalChick

    I am also attracted to the idea of using a crock pot. But I’d say 99% of the time, I don’t like what I make. It may be that I’m a vegetarian… and crock pots seem to do best with meat.

  • Becka

    Holy Crap… I love your blog!  I too have made the dubious “thing” from Pinterest… sometimes it turns out well… sometimes it looks like dog yark. This actually looks alright. I’ve seen lots lots worse.
    I just found your blog through *dramatic pause* Pinterest! I love it! I’ve started at day one, and (while I haven’t made it far yet) I plan on completely catching up to your current blog tonight. I love the way you write (which is a lot like the way I talk) and that’s pretty fucking awesome in this goody goody bloggy world. Kudos!


    i think there actually is a recipe very similar to what you put together, congrats on being at least as smart as that chef! ;-)

  • CrystalKYuhhyzaguirre

    Go to for me..hashbrowns, hamburger, cheese, cream of chicken. brown th hamburger and throw that shit in a pan in the oven.

  • Nonny

    Yours looks like it would taste better, too.