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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Encharrito Casserole

Okay the name came from Kathy and I brainstorming at the gym while I told her about this recipe. I think it's appropriate.

I didn't take a picture of this one because I wasn't sure if it was going to be any good. I made it on the fly last night when I wasn't sure what we were going to have for dinner but knew it had to involve some left over ground turkey. My family loved it so I had to write it down really quick before I forgot what I did. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. It's super easy.

1 1/2 lb. ground turkey
1 10z can of Ro*Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 15.4oz can of Amy's Organic refried beans
1 sm can of sliced black olives
1 - 1 1/2 c. grated cheddar cheese
1/2 a package of corn tortillas
Homemade Enchilada Sauce (the canned stuff has msg in it) Recipe below.

Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
Cook your ground turkey or beef in a pan until browned. Drain off excess liquid.
Add tomatoes, refried beans and stir until all is heated through.
Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with non stick cooking spray.
Cut approx. 15 corn tortillas in half.

Put a layer of tortillas in bottom of pan. (There will be some gaps as the tortillas are round and the pan square.)

Next put half of your meat mixture on top of tortillas and spread evenly around.
Spread half the can of olives on top of that and half the cheese.
Repeat one more time and end with tortillas on top.

Spread about 1 1/2 cups of sauce on top and bake for 20 mins.

Enchilada sauce
3 TBS of olive oil
1/4 of flour
16 oz can of chicken broth ( I use organic)
1 1/2 TBS of Chili Powder
1/2 TBS of McCormick's Chipotle Chili Pepper powder (in the spice aisle)If you can't find that then substitute one chopped chipotle and 1 TBS of the sauce it's in.
Do the last two ingredients to taste based on your heat tolerance. We like things a bit spicy.

In a sauce pan heat your oil over medium heat. Add your flour and wisk constantly until combined. It may be a bit thick that's okay. Add your chicken broth and continue wisking.
Add your seasonings and continue to wisk. Bring to a boil and let thicken (about 5- 10 mins)Wisk occasionally. Remove from heat.
If you want to buy the sauce you can. Don't let that stop you from trying this. It was really good.

Top this off with a dollop of sour cream and Voila' your done!
I hope you enjoy. Let me know if you try it and like it.


  1. This sounds scrumptious!! We love Mexican!

  2. I'm going to have to try this one. It looks fabulous! I love trying new recipes!!!

  3. I tried this recipe. It's fabulous. Out of this world. A big thumbs up. A definite keeper recipe.

    You all gotta try it.


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