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An Enchilada Casserole

I spent my day yesterday studying my little but off. I am about half way through everything that I need to go through before my next exam…tomorrow.

Last night, I was left with the responsibility of making dinner for the family. I was asked to make enchiladas. But every single time enchiladas were mentioned, I heard fajitas. I sent a text message to my mother asking what chicken she wanted me to use. She responded, ground beef enchiladas.

I thought, oh thats funny, ground beef fajitas. I’ve never done anything like that before.

So I started looking for the sauces and I sent my mom a message asking which sauce she had in mind. She said enchilada sauce in the back of the cabinet.

I thought, weird. Enchilada sauce on a fajita.

I had the beef cooked up and my sliced onions and peppers all cooked up when she walked in. I mentioned that I was about done with the fajitas and she said…enchiladas??

OoOoOoOoh. I think I just got the idea of fajitas in my mind early in the day and just didn’t have the brain power to change that mindset after studying. So, by combining the fajita and the enchiladas idea…I made an Enchilada Casserole!

Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients:

18 Small Wraps 2 Lbs Ground Beef
1 Can El Paso Enchilada Sauce 1/2 Cup Green Chilis
1 Green Pepper 1 Large Onion
2 Cups Tomato Sauce 3/4 Teaspoon Cumin
3/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder Salt and Pepper to Taste
2 Cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons of Hot Sauce

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a sauce pan, cook the ground beef until fully cooked. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Once cooked, stir in 2 Cups of tomato sauce, 1 Cup Enchilada Sauce, cumin, 1 1/2 Tablespoons hot sauce and chili powder. Set aside. 

2. In a separate sauce pan, cook sliced onion in olive oil. When the onion is about done, add in the chopped green pepper. Make sure to stir frequently to avoid burning the onion.

3. It a 9×12 baking pan, spread and thin layer of enchilada sauce on the bottom. Lay 6 wraps on the bottom covering the surface and top with another layer of enchilada sauce. Add a layer of beef, then all of the peppers and onions. Next 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Top with a second layer of 6 small wraps and dress it with the enchilada sauce. Add another layer of beef, then your last layer of 6 wraps. Spread the enchilada sauce thickly on top. Finish it off with the green chilis and the remainder of the cheddar cheese.

4. Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese starts to bubble. Top off with 1 1/2 Tablespoons hot sauce.

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The hot sauce really completed the flavor of it and I’m a big fan of spicy. So I added quite a bit. But depending on what kind of hot sauce you use, you may need a different amount.

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As we were eating, I was telling my sister about how I thought I was supposed to be making fajitas…and I was really supposed to be making enchiladas, which is how this lovely dish was born. When I was telling her that I thought I was making ground beef fajitas when I was told what meat. She lost it.

She goes, so you mean tacos?!

I was sitting there a little while letting this process…and came to the obvious conclusion that I had gone nuts. Yes Maggie…I guess a ground beef fajita is a taco. Dang it.

 

Have you ever heard something over and over again and continually heard the WRONG thing??

 

Turkey, Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Casserole

Last night, I got home from work and was STARVING. I wanted to again, keep chipping away at the food that was sitting in my freezer and my cabinets. So I grabbed some pasta shells, frozen broccoli, and some ground turkey that I had sitting around. This, is what I came up with, a Turkey Casserole that I will be eating for the next week because there is so much of it. But, it turned out AMAZING. Normally, I’m a tuna casserole gal, but I may be switching over to this baby as a fav.

Turkey Casserole

 

Ingredients:

1 Box of Shell Pasta 1 Can of Condensed Cheese Soup
1 Package of Frozen Broccoli 1 Can of Non-Fat Milk
1 Pound of Ground Turkey 3/4 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1 Tablespoon Onion Powder 1 Tsp Garlic Salt
Salt and Pepper to Taste 1/4 Cup Bread Crumbs

Directions:

1. Boil water, and cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Steam the broccoli in a separate pan (or in the microwave which is how I did it). And cook the ground turkey in a large pan. I used 1 tablespoon of Olive oil to keep the turkey moist. Season it with some salt and pepper to taste.

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2. Once each item is cooked, mix them together in a large baking pan. Add the condensed cheese soup and a can full of non-fat milk. Stir until it is well mixed. Then add the onion powder and garlic salt to the mix. Finally add in the cheddar cheese and stir well. The cheese does not have to completely melt into the pasta mix.

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3. Lastly, top it off with the bread crumbs and put it into the oven at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

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The purpose of putting the casserole in the oven is to heat it all the way through and brown the top. The oven is going to give it that casserole taste.

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Brent and I ate this sucker and were so full after a single bowl. It was nuts. But delish. With just about every bite he was gushing over how good it was. I was really happy with the way it came out as well. I am going to be eating this for lunch and dinner for a while.

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While I was cooking, my little friend Hunter was playing around in the brown paper bag that was sitting on the counter. At first he jumped into it, but didn’t realize that it wasn’t all the way on the counter. The paper bag and Hunter went falling to the ground. The bag actually landed directly on top of Hunter, at which point, Hunter started freaking out…resulting in a paper bag that took on it’s own life. Very scary to Oreo. Oreo started barking at the moving paper bag and Hunter eventually found his way out, giving Oreo a swift smack on the nose. The whole sequence of events was HILARIOUS. I only caught the after math of Hunter chilling out in his paper cave.

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He wasn’t a huge fan of my paparazzi action and curled up into the bag after I snapped this glowing photo of him.

 

Have you ever just pulled a few ingredients out the fridge and ended up with something unexpectedly yummy??