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San Antonio Special

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Cook: 10 min.


8 servings

I brought this recipe back with me after ordering it a San Antonio restaurant a number of years ago. Everyone enjoys the beef patties topped with salsa and chili.—Lila Schneider, Wichita, Kansas


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili without beans
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cheddar cheese, cut into 8 slices


  1. Shape the beef into eight patties. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a skillet, cook patties over medium heat until no longer pink. Transfer to a grease 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish; set aside. In a sauce-pan, combine salsa, beans, chili and onion. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Pour over patties. Top each patty with a cheese slice. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
For a quick side dish do serve with San Antonio Special, cook a 10-ounce package of frozen corn according to package directions, adding 1/4 cup chopped green pepper and 1/4 cup sweet red pepper. Serve in seeded green or red pepper halves.

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