Need a steaming hot dinner idea for a cold winter evening…
Mexican restaurants are all over the place these days, but back when I was a young teen in the early 70s, there was only one Mexican restaurant in the entire county and that was Taco Kid on Penfield Road. I developed a yen for Mexican after frequenting the Kid a few times.
When our family was first starting out, every Friday night was home-made taco night. It was cheap and delicious. Eventually, I got a little adventurous and bought a Mexican cookbook. One of my favorite recipes was enchilada pie. I don’t cook a lot, but when I do, enchilada pie (aka Mexican lasagna) is one of my “go to” staples. It’s easy, relatively healthy, and delicious. Enjoy!
- One 3.8 oz. can sliced black olives, chopped
- One 4 oz. can chopped green chiles
- One 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- Three green onions, chopped, including green stems
- Two 10 oz. cans of MILD red enchilada sauce
- 12 corn (not flour) tortillas
- One 16 oz. can fat free refried beans
- One 8 oz. package shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine olives, chiles, tomatoes, and onions in a bowl. Set aside.
Pour enchilada sauce in a bowl. Set aside.
Wrap four tortillas at a time in a wet paper towel and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Take one tortilla, dip completely in enchilada sauce, and place flat in a baking bowl. Spread on thin layer of refried beans. Spread on a spoonful of vegetable mixture. Top with cheese shreds. Repeat for each tortilla, building layer upon layer.
Bake enchilada pie for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Cut in wedges, top with a dollop of sour cream. Serve with shredded lettuce on the side.
For variation, try adding chopped fresh cilantro, shreds of cooked chicken, a small amount of pickled jalapeno peppers, or cooked corn to the recipe. Don’t be afraid to douse each tortilla liberally in the sauce, which is why I specified two cans of sauce rather than one. If you skimp on the sauce, the pie will end up on the dry side. Stick with the MILD sauce. I like spicy food but the MEDIUM sauce is too spicy even for me. The refried bean paste also helps keep the pie moist. If a can of kidney beans or pinto beans was substituted in place of the refried beans, the pie would be too dry.