Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole


I especially love this Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole recipe because...well, I just love Mexican food!

But I also love how it's not expensive to make.  It uses only half of a pound of beef, or you can easily substitute the meat for more beans instead.  And it's still filling enough for the big eaters in my family.  Of course, it tastes amazing too!



Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole
(Modified from Recipe Girl's Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole)

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 - 15 oz. can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 - 15 oz. can corn, drained and rinsed
1 - 4 oz. can diced green chilies
8 oz. sour cream
2 Tbsp. flour (I use 100% whole wheat flour)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
8 - 6 in. tortillas (I use 100% whole wheat)
1 - 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
1-2 cups Mexican cheese
Toppings: guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, black olives, avocados, crushed tortilla chips, etc.

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350F. 

2.  In a large skillet, cook ground beef with onion until beef is cooked through.  Drain fat.  Stir in chili powder, cumin, beans, corn, and green chilies.  Set aside.

3.  In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, flour, and garlic powder.  (It will be fairly thick.)  Set aside.

4.  Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.  Pour a little less than 1/4 can of enchilada sauce in the bottom of the baking dish and gently move the dish around until the entire bottom is just covered.  (Pouring some enchilada sauce in the baking dish first is the best way to keep the bottom of the tortillas from getting too tough.)


5.  Layer in this order:  4 tortillas (cutting and overlapping as necessary to cover the bottom of the dish - see picture above), 1/2 sour cream mixture, 1/2 meat mixture, and drizzle half of the remaining enchilada sauce.  Repeat layers 1 more time.

6.  Bake, covered with foil, for 40 minutes.  Uncover, sprinkle with cheese, and bake for 5-10 more minutes, until cheese is golden brown.

Notes:  This is a wonderful meatless meal as well!  Like I said above, you can substitute chili beans or black beans for the beef.  A perfect and hearty Friday meal!


There's just something about a casserole that sounds so wonderful during the winter.  The heartiness, the warmth.  And since snowflakes have started flying, it's time to start breaking out all my favorite casserole dishes!

What is your favorite casserole recipe?


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