Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Red Enchilada Casserole

I have been trying to convince my family that cheese is NOT a food group...and had very little success. I realized that many of my recipes used almost as much cheese as they did meat! So I have been going through some of our favorites and trying to de-cheese them somewhat. This wonderful casserole was one of the first on the chopping block. Funnily enough, when the fam tasted the revised edition, it earned rave reviews. So, here it is...

Red Enchilada Casserole

2 large cans of red enchilada sauce (Las Palmas is my fave)
18 corn tortillas
1 lb ground beef cooked then seasoned with:1 pkg taco seasoning
1 15 oz can of corn, drained
1 7 oz can of chopped green chilis (I like Hatch's)
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
8-12 oz shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Pour 1/4 of 1 can of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Place 6 corn tortillas evenly over the sauce. Sprinkle 1/2 of the seasoned ground beef, 1/2 can of corn, 1/2 can of chilis, 1/2 can of beans, and 1/2 the cheese.Pour another 1/4 can of sauce over this. Place 6 more corn tortillas on the sauce and pour more sauce to cover the tortillas. Sprinkle the other half of the meat, corn, chilis, beans and cheese. Pour another 1/4 can of sauce, followed by 6 more corn tortillas. Pour enough sauce to cover, and sprinkle with a small amount of cheese. You may also want to garnish with olives, tomatoes, and chopped onions.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.

Originally, this recipe sported only the corn tortillas, meat, sauce and cheese. This revised way, it is healthier, more filling, and goes farther. Plus, it is WAY more interesting.

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