Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Happy Birthday Elizabeth and Marie!!!

Tonight Nathan's sister Marie came over for dinner. It was her 23rd birthday. I served refried beans, Mexican rice, and enchilada casserole. For desert-- Devil's Food Cake with triple fudge chocolate chip icing. I think I gained about 5 lbs. from this meal! Anyway, enchilada casserole is so simple to make, I thought I'd share my recipe.

Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole

1 lb. browned ground beef seasoned with a taco seasoning packet

.5 lb. shredded cheese (I like Colby and Monterrey jack)

12 corn tortillas (more if using a larger pan)

2 small cans of green chilis

1 large can of red enchilada sauce (I use Wal-Mart brand because I am cheap and too lazy to make my own) ;p

Spread enough sauce to lightly coat bottom of 13 x 8 pan. Layer tortillas, sauce, meat, chilis, cheese. Continue layering until top of pan is reached. Cover with aluminum foil and back at 400* until bubbly. Garnish with lettuce and sour cream.

(If you have the time and energy, frying each tortilla for a few seconds makes this dish taste even more delicious-- I don't, and that's why I call it Easy Beef Enchilada Casserole!)
One other tip: When frying ground beef, I usually buy and fry 2 lbs. at a time and then either freeze one lb. or store in the refrigerator for later. Doing this takes the same amount of effort as cooking 1 lb. and really comes in handy on days when I'm in a hurry. I used one of my frozen ziplocs of beef for tonight's meal and it made things so much easier.


melanie said...

thanks for the recipe! i'm always looking for new mexican recipes...its our FAVE! this one sounds pretty easy and yummy. :)

New Mom said...

It really is!

Mrs. Bonnie said...

Oh my, that sounds wonderful!