Anybody else have a husband who “won’t eat it if it’s a casserole” ?
My sister-in-law, Kari, told me of this recipe idea. But she said, “You can’t call it a casserole, or Randy won’t eat it!” Apparently it’s a common theme with husbands. Many don’t like casseroles. (My husband on the other hand, would probably eat it no matter what you called it. If there’s food in it – he likes it.)
So as Kari was making this, she decided, “It’s layered like a lasagna. I think I’ll call it Enchilada Lasagna.” (Fun name – I like it!)
Hey, call it whatever you want to. This dish is simple to prepare, really yummy to eat, and is great to make ahead of time, freeze, thaw and bake. I LOVE Make Ahead Casser Meals!
Beefy Enchilada Bake (aka Enchilada Lasagna)
1 pound Ground hamburger meat
3 Tablespoons arrowroot powder or flour
1/2 cup water
1-2 teaspoons chili powder (depending on your taste)
3 cups tomato sauce
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
12 corn tortillas
Brown hamburger meat. Do not drain grease! Put cooked hamburger meat in separate bowl, salt and set aside. Sprinkle arrowroot powder into the grease and stir (if you do not have enough grease to absorb the arrowroot powder, add 2 T. butter). Keep your burner on medium to high heat. Pour in water and “smoosh” the clumps of arrowroot powder/grease around while you stir the water in. This will thicken and make a gravy. Pour in tomato sauce and chili powder. Stir well until bubbly. This is now your enchilada sauce!
Cut corn tortillas into one inch strips. Dip tortilla strips in enchilada sauce and coat thoroughly. Cover bottom of baking dish with enchilada sauce coated tortilla strips. Sprinkle 1/3 of the cooked ground beef over the tortillas…then a little cheese. Repeat layers twice more: enchilada sauce coated tortilla strips, meat, cheese. If you have any leftover enchilada sauce, drizzle it over the top.
Cover and bake at 350° for 30 – 40 minutes or until bubbly.
There you go! A great meal that you can make ahead of time and pull out when you need it!
Because I’ve had several requests for more meals like this, and because I LOVE having meals like this, I’ve been playing a lot in my kitchen to come up with more great recipes that can save you time and energy! I’ll keep these recipes coming!
But I’m curious – does your family eat “casseroles”? Because I can come up with anti-casserole names. I’ll go think of some now…
(Easy Chicken HooHaa; Tasty Noodley Goodley; Cheesy Pleasey Chicken; Chunky Beef Bucket, Turkey Salad Surprise ; Couch Potato Cuisine…)