Taco Casserole with Cornbread Meal in a Jar


5lbs Ground Beef (I used ground sirloin)
5 packages taco seasoning
Butter or broth for sauteing veggies
3 bags of frozen Pepper Stir Fry
5 cans drained corn
5 cans undrained Rotel
5 boxes of Jiffy Cornbread mixed and baked as muffins.
Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese

Taco Casserole with Cornbread Meal in a Jar

Sep 14, 2022Brian Witmer
Contributed By: John in Bibs

This recipe made 4 full medium freeze dryer trays of casserole *


  1. Fry up the hamburger (may want to do this in two pans of 2.5lbs each)
  2. For long term storage you will need to drain, and rinse before continuing
  3. Add Taco Seasoning and follow directions from the mix, and mix. Finish cooking and then set aside in a different dish.
  4. Add butter or broth to the pan to saute the frozen Pepper Stir Fry in, and saute the veggies.
  5. Add the cans of corn, and bring all veggies to the same temperature.
  6. Add everything into a stock pot, add 5 cans of Rotel, mix up, bring to boil and let simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Line your trays and spread evenly across 4 trays. (Dividers would work nice for portions)
  9. Pre-Freeze or go straight into the freeze dryer (I put one tray of cornbread muffins in the freeze dryer with this.)
  10. I put this into wide mouth pint jars, and filled most of the way with casserole and put some freeze dried shredded cheddar and cornbread on top.
  11. Store Appropriately (See Tips and Tricks for storage help)



Cycle Time:

My cycle time was about 51 hours in a medium freeze dryer.


Take the muffin out of the jar, add 1 C of boiling water, put the muffin on top, let it stand covered in the jar for 20 minutes. Break up the muffin into the casserole.


* Large Tray = 8 Cups/tray   Medium = 6 Cups/Tray   Small = 4 Cups/Tray

 Cycle times & rehydration for reference only. Your results may vary.


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