Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

I made this casserole a few weeks ago because it was voted Casserole of the year by Taste of Home Magazine. Plus lets be honest, I never met a Mexican dish I didn't love! This casserole certainly did not disappoint and the best part it was so simple to put together. If you are a Vegetarian I think this would be great without meat and you could just add another type of beans or an additional veggie. I also think it would be great with ground turkey or shredded chicken if you don't like red meat. It was cheesy and filled with so many great flavors! I love making casseroles because I can make them earlier that day and then just pop them in the oven. I usually make them during nap time and then I have more time to spend with Sterling and Matt when he gets home (and more time to sit and sip my glass of wine). I highly recommend this, it was super tasty!

I promise it tastes better than my sad picture looks, but wanted to show you our "real life" picture of the casserole.

•1 pound lean ground beef ( lean)
•1 large onion, chopped or season with Onion powder or minced onion
•2 1/2 cups salsa
•1 can (15 ounces) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
•1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
•2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning
•1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
•6 flour or corn tortillas (8 inches)
•1 small can of drained corn, or about 1 1/4 cups of frozen corn
•3/4 cup sour cream
•2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend or your favorite cheese
•1 cup shredded lettuce
•1 medium tomato, chopped
•1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro to garnish
• *Note: I cut the flour tortillas to fit my pan, since they were the very large size. I also added in a can of refried beans to the mix because I love refried beans. It is not in the original recipe but I thought it worked perfectly.

•In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
•Stir in the salsa, beans, corn, dressing, sour cream, taco seasoning and cumin.
•Spoon a generous layer of meat mixture on bottom of 2 quart baking dish. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
•Place a flour or corn tortilla on top of meat mixture. Layer with half of the meat mixture, and cheese. Repeat as many layers as you like.
•The last & final layer should be a healthy dose of grated cheese.
•Cover with foil that has been sprayed with pam or other and bake at 400° for 25 minutes, or until hot & bubbly.
• Let stand for 5 minutes before topping with lettuce, tomato and cilantro. Yield: 8 servings

Top Two Photos and Recipe VIA


Sarah said...

I just made this last week! We thought it was delicious as well!

Jill said...

so excited!! love me some Mexican

Just Ask Beth said...

love, love, love this recipe..I make it with shredded chicken as well!!

Alex {Things That Sparkle} said...

yum yum yum

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natasha {schue love} said...

MMMMM cheese and beans, my fave!! We'll have to make this stat!

Meg {Pink Fireflies} said...

That looks delicious! I'll have to try it! And thanks for adding in when you squeeze in the time to make all these delicious meals! I need to take nap time to do that too and save other chores for when the kids are awake.

Patty [PRETTYGROUNDED] said...

SAWEET! I am totally making this. I love your family style recipes!


The Daily Stroll said...

This sounds really good :)

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Alright this looks really good too, mmmmmm. Hungry again.

Bud and Leo said...

I'm going to need a warning from now on when you post recipes like this! Now the baby needs some. :) Sounds amazing! Kelli

Val said...

I literally started to drool when I saw this...Yum, I know what will be for dinner tomorrow. Thank you.

Taylor said...

this looks amazing! kip and I do taco thursdays, but I keep wanting to switch it up and this may be just the thing. your pics looks just as delicious!

Alicia xoxxo said... know I love me some Mexican!! This looks amazing! I will def be trying this out!!! Thanks for sharing!

Day Old News said...

This looks delicious! The salad dressing threw me off a little, but I trust you! Post Lent, I'm making this with Morningstar veggie ground beef!

Bud and Leo said...

great finds! those color-blocking totes are everywhere- oh how I only want the celine though :)