Red Gold Tomatoes sent me a variety sample package of their products to try in early December. I’m not sure how they found this blog since it’s not really a cooking blog. And I’m better at reading about cooking than actually cooking food. So it took me a while but I did try the tomatoes in several family favorites – chili, King Ranch Chicken and a pasta casserole. All three dishes were a hit with my family.
I made chili with ground venison (courtesy of my dad), canned black beans, and Red Gold whole tomatoes. The chili was very good served with HEB brand ready-to-cook tortillas.
Another dish I often make with canned tomatoes is King Ranch Chicken. I grew up eating this casserole and it has become one of my husband’s favorite foods as well. I used Red Gold’s “hot” diced tomatoes with green chilies in place of the Ro-Tel tomatoes and the can of chilies. The chilies added a nice level of spiciness to the casserole. I only used one can of soup so that the casserole would be firmer and I used 3 cups of diced chicken thigh meat rather than a whole chicken since thighs were on sale for $1 per pound.
I also made a quick and easy recipe from the Red Gold cookbook one evening called Cheeseburger Macaroni. I used ground turkey in place of the beef. This recipe was nice because it all cooked in one skillet on the stove which made clean-up easy. My husband and son really liked this dish as well.