Yes, this is indeed a recipe patterned after my daughter’s second favorite school lunch dish ever! Come to think of it, when my son was about her age, he, too, loved school lunch. He went so far as to say that the school cafeteria was his “favorite restaurant.” He now contends that at that time, he’d only had nine short years to experience all the fine food in the world (or the state for that matter); not enough time, in his opinion, to make a sound choice.
We had fun recreating this school lunch recipe . . . we went through a few versions to get it just right, and this is the winner. Well, I use the word “winner” loosely. I’m just kidding. It honestly is so good. There’s something incredible that happens when you pair chips and cheese. And the meat, onions, olives and sour cream give it just the right touch. Plus, when you eat it, it makes you smile because of its link to school lunch and all the memories of that time of life.
1 bag Tostitos scoop chips
1 lb. ground hamburger
1 can refried beans
1 can Tostitos salsa con queso medium sauce
1 can olives, sliced
1 sweet onion, chopped
Brown hamburger. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir in refried beans and ½ cup water. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Warm salsa con queso sauce. Serve in order: chips, hamburger mixture, salsa con queso, olives, onion, and sour cream.