Who doesn't love a quick and easy meal the whole family will enjoy? It's time for the weekend so I'm taking a break from baking and making up some cheesy, beefy enchilada casserole for the family to enjoy. I have this great covered baker from the Pampered Chef which is like a crock pot for the microwave! I love my Pampered Chef products and especially this one. It's quick, easy, versatile, and the food always turns out delicious. I love enchiladas but sometimes I just don't want to make the filling, roll the tortillas......too time consuming! So, I decided to use all the same ingredients and make this easy casserole. I apologize the pictures are a little...well...messy....but I wanted to show you step by step how I made these. I highly recommend the deep covered baker, but if you don't have one, you can make this in a 9x13 pan and put it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. Here are the ingredients I used:
1 Lb. American Grassfed Beef
1 Can Old El Paso Spicy, Fat Free Refried Beans
1 8 oz jar salsa
2 Cups Shredded Mexican Cheese
1 Can Old El Paso Enchilada Sauce
Salt and Pepper
Optional: Onions and Chopped Green Chilis
Light Sour Cream
Brown ground beef. Drain if necessary. Stir in salsa, onions, and green chili's, if desired until mixed well. Stir in the refried beans until well incorporated. Add about 1/2 Cup of cheese and mix well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Cut the tortillas with a pizza cutter or kitchen shears in strips then squares, like this:
Now it's time to layer your ingredients together. Place about 1/3 of your beef mixture in bottom of pan. Cover with 1/4 of the enchilada sauce. Put a layer of the tortillas on top of the beef and sauce; cover with cheese.
Repeat this process 3 times; layering the beef mixture, sauce, tortillas and top it all of with cheese. It will look something like this:
Oooooooh; this is going to be good!
If using the covered baker, microwave for 7-8 minutes on high. Alternatively, bake for 30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and melty.
Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, rice, and a salad. The plates were scraped clean. Everyone loved it; and I love how quick and easy it is!