Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cheesy enchilada casserole

This casserole has made it into Will's top 5 favorite things I cook. I don't know if that's a testament to how good the recipe is or just how bad my cooking is. In fact, I think he only named 4 things, so it's probably the latter. (If you're interested, the list goes Crunchy Onion Chicken, Salisbury Steak, this casserole, and Southwestern Casserole. They are all really hard to screw up).

I found this casserole on Pinterest, of course, and it's super easy. A lot of ingredients, but nothing very complicated.
Ugly, but so good. Just like most things in life. 

You can go here for better photos and a better description of how to make it.

- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- A large onion diced, but I used onion powder. My eyes appreciated the substitution.
- 2 1/2 cups salsa. I didn't buy enough so it was more like... 1 1/2
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning (reduced-sodium so you can pretend you're being healthy)
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- A few 8-in tortillas. I used flour, the ruler of all tortillas.
- A can of drained corn. They say small can, I just used part of a big can and ate the rest while I waited for it all to cook.
- 3/4 cup sour cream ... or whatever suits your fancy.
- Shredded Mexican cheese. They say 2 cups, but err on the side of way too much.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. I didn't do this and had an agonizing wait for dinner.
2. Brown the beef/turkey, drain.
3. Stir in salsa, beans, corn, dressing, sour cream, taco seasoning and cumin.
4. Spoon a layer of meat mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Put a tortilla on top. (Side note: The woman from the link above cut off the edges of her tortillas and fried them and added cinnamon and sugar. I hate frying, but it sounded like a good idea, so I buttered my leftovers, sprinkled cinnamon and sugar on them, and baked them on a cookie sheet with the casserole until they were crisp.)
5. Repeat the layering a time or two and then top it all with a whole bunch of cheese.
6. Cover (they say foil, but I just used the baking dish glass cover) and bake for 25 minutes-ish.
7. Ta-da! Bring the leftovers to my house (seriously, that's a very important part of the recipe).

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