$25,000 Mexican Dish


The story, much like the Neiman Marcus cookie story, goes like this...a group of travelers were enjoying a wonderful meal in Mexico. They were so impressed by the authentic Mexican food, this dish in particular, that they asked the waiter for the recipe.

Somewhere in the translation, it was lost on the travelers that it would cost them many American dollars to get the recipe. Not understanding, they agreed. With recipe happily in hand at the end of the meal, they were preparing to leave. Ready to pay the check, they noticed they were charged $25,000 for the recipe. They may have ended up in a Mexican prison for non-payment, or they may have paid it happily if they were filthy rich. We'll never know because the story doesn't fill us in on what happened after the gasp worthy moment they looked at their check. In the meantime, enjoy the recipe free of charge. It really is delicious!


2 cups buttermilk baking mix
1 cup water
2-15 ounce cans refried beans
1-2 lbs. hamburger
16 ounce jar salsa
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Optional toppings:

sour cream
shredded lettuce
diced tomatoes



1. In large mixing bowl, mix baking mix, water and refried beans together.

2. Spread in a greased 9x13" baking pan.

3. Brown hamburger in a skillet, drain of drippings.

4. Spoon browned hamburger over bean "crust".

5. Spread with salsa and cover with cheese.

6. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 30 minutes.

7. Optional - serve with sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes as toppings.

8. Spread with salsa and cover with cheese.

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