Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mexican meets Italian, Olé!

The new routine seems to be that at some point over the weekend I scour my Pinterest boards and come up with three or four recipes for the next week, check with Mr. Charming to make sure they're good with him and we go from there. It's been fun to try all of these things that I've been pinning forever, now I feel like my pinning habit actually is productive!

Last night's menu called for "Bean Enchilada Casserole" though we feel a much fonder name for this dish would be Mexican Lasagna! I can't even tell you how inexpensive, simple, and amazingly delicious this was.

I also decided tonight that this would be MC's first time flying solo in the kitchen. I still assisted as sous chef, but this was great for him to quickly put together.

The ingredients were a piece of cake:
1 can of black beans
1 can of refried beans (we used fat free)
1 can of corn (recipe calls for frozen but this was easier, I got sodium free)
1 can of enchilada sauce
2 cups of cheese (but we bought a massive bag for other things!)
12 flour tortillas (we used 7 whole wheat)
non-stick cooking spray

I added it up and: 
Canned food probably cost us no more than $5
Tortillas $2.40
Cheese $3 (for the amount we actually used)
Grand total: Somewhere around $10 (Sorry, I don't do numbers. Ever.

The other great thing was that this was made in a 9x13 baking dish meaning TONS of leftovers. I put aside two portions for us to have during lunch this week and froze the rest to pull out later on for a night we don't feel like cooking. 

I did have some tips for this though. As I mentioned with the tortillas, the recipe says to use six per layer. We used 3.5 (I think our were maybe larger than what was called for). I forgot to take a picture of it laid out and it's a bit covered up above, but we did two across the bottom and then broke one in fourths to cover the four corners, and used two more fourths to cover the little triangle left in the top middle and bottom middle. 

Another tip is to definitely warm up the refried beans before trying to spread them. Instead of putting beans on the tortillas we layered them and then poured beans on top. We didn't warm them for the first layer and it was really difficult, so after heating them up round two they smoothed out nicely.

I think these would be awesome adding even more veggies into the mix, maybe some onions and bell peppers? A bit of jalapeno for some kick? 

MC was pretty proud of himself and definitely enjoyed this dish. Stay tuned for more adventures of MC in the kitchen!


Whitney said...

This sounds really good! I'll have to try it sometime :)

Anna said...

Thanks Whitney, it's even been great as leftovers this week. I'm still thinking another good tweak would be adding in veggies like bell peppers, onions, maybe even black olives!