Chilaquile Casserole- A great, quick and easy weeknight meal!
Oh my goodness! There are some nights like a Monday night where you are tired from starting a busy week again, yet you want a healthy, satisfying meal for dinner. This casserole fits the bill!
I love Mexican food! I lived in Mexico as an exchange student when I was 16 years old and I learned about a great food called chilaquiles. It is a dish usually served for breakfast with eggs and uses up leftover tortillas which are fried in oil and tossed with yummy salsa or tomatoes and chiles.
This casserole combines the flavors and ideas of chilachiles into a delicious, easy to fix meal. I love that it uses many of the ingredients I always have on hand, it is healthy, fast and a great hot meal!
I hope you and your family enjoy it on a weeknight coming up!
It also makes a great dish for a lunch or brunch potluck.
This makes 6 servings- a yummy big casserole! You may halve the recipe to make 3-4 servings.
12 corn tortillas (you may either use homemade tortillas (masa mix + water and salt) or store bought tortillas)
1-2 clove garlic, minced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 can mild green chiles
1 pound ground beef (grass-fed, organic), or ground turkey
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon chile powder
1 teaspoon cumin
2 cups stewed, chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 cups water
Salt to taste
1 cup shredded mozarella cheese
1 8 ounce can sliced olives
1. Cut the tortillas into 1 inch squares. Heat a skillet to medium-high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan and heat up. Add the tortilla squares to the pan and fry them until crispy on the outside. You will need to fry them in batches. Once a batch is fried, transfer them to a plate.
2. In a large saucepan, heat olive oil. Add in the garlic and onion and saute until the onion is soft and translucent. Add in the mild green chiles. Add the meat and cook until meat is cooked through and tender, stirring frequently. Add the tomatoes, water and tortillas. Cook in the pan (simmer on low heat) for 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.
3. Transfer the mixture to a 13x9 baking dish. Top with cheese and olives and bake at 350F for 15 minutes.
Take out of the oven and enjoy!!
If you loved this quick & yummy weeknight dinner idea, pass it on to a friend!