Taco Casserole In The HERC Oven Plus A Video Demo

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I did my first YouTube video! You’ll find it below, but first I wanted to share an easy, tasty recipe that I make in the HERC (Home Emergency Radiant Cooking) XXL Oven by Titan Ready USA – you’ll see me make it in the video.

 Vegetarian Taco Casserole with Cornbread Topping

  • 1 pound vegetarian ground beef crumbles (you can use ground beef)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 2 T taco seasoning (you can use our homemade recipe, or store-bought)
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 cups corn
  • 1 small can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 batch cornbread mix (you can use our homemade recipe, or a store-bought package)
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can diced green chiles

Pre-heat the HERC, after you’ve properly trimmed the candle wicks. See our HERC Oven Review for more information on trimming the wicks and pre-heating.

The vegetarian ground beef crumbles will probably be pre-cooked, and will just need to be thawed. Stir the crumbles, salsa and taco seasoning together inside an 8-inch square baking pan. Place it into the HERC oven and bake for 5-10 minutes, just enough to get the flavors blended.

Mix the cornbread according to the directions. Once it’s completely mixed, add the green chilies and cheddar cheese and stir until they’re just combined.

Remove the casserole dish from the HERC, and stir in the olives, corn and black beans. Spread the cornbread mix in an even layer on the top. Return it to the HERC and bake for about an hour and 15 minutes, until the cornbread is golden brown and you can insert a toothpick into it and have it come out clean.

Serve the taco casserole with sides or sour cream, salsa, guacamole and cilantro.

If you’ve read our original HERC Review, you may remember me talking about the difference between pressed and poured tea light candles. I decided to do a test to see which variety actually burns hotter. I did two test runs – one with 20 pressed candles, and one with 20 poured candles; I lit the candles, and every 30 minutes I took an oven temperature reading using a standard oven thermometer. Here are the results:

Poured Pressed
30 minutes 225° 200°
60 minutes 260° 250°
90 minutes 290° 275°

So it looks like the poured candles heated the oven faster, and to a higher temperature. Now, this test was far from scientific – I only did a single test with one brand of candles. But for now, I’ll probably stick to the poured candles, until I find another variety that I can test as well.