Loaded {With Veggies} Mexican Casserole

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by on August 24, 2010


Thanks to Julie from Get Healthy Cheap for this yummy- and nutritious recipe!

It started with an experiment: Could I feed my family nutritious, good tasting meals on a shoestring budget? Here’s what I discovered:

Real food is healthy and affordable AND your kids will eat it.

Not diet food. Not food with ingredients you’ve never heard of. Just good, family food made in your kitchen.

The following recipe has so many good foods packed in it that it is filling beyond words….oh…and it’s tasty too. :)

1 medium onion, diced
1 medium carrot, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground turkey
1 30 oz can refried beans
1 4 oz can chopped fire roasted chiles
Mexican seasonings* (or taco seasoning packet)
1 1/2 cups cooked rice – I used 1 packet of Knorr Rice For Tacos
1 15 oz can corn, drained
1 20 oz can enchilada sauce
2 cups cheddar cheese
10 corn tortillas

Mexican Seasoning
1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp. Paprika
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Black Pepper

Saute the onion and carrot in 2 Tbsp olive oil until semi-tender about 3 – 4 minutes. Add the garlic and turkey and continue cooking until turkey is brown. Drain if necessary. Add the refried beans, chiles and Mexican spice. Heat through.

While the veggies and turkey are cooking, prepare the rice and get everything ready to layer. Start with some sauce on the bottom to prevent sticking and a layer of tortillas.

Continue to layer starting with the bean & veggie mixture, then rice, corn and a layer of enchilada sauce. Sprinkle some cheese and start over with tortillas. Make sure to pour some enchilada sauce on the next layer of tortillas so they have a chance to absorb the flavors and stay tender. Top the last layer with a sprinkle of cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serves 6 – 8.

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  • Dawn

    Ohh, this dish looks so yummy. I bet it tastes great. I think I will cook this for dinner. I love to try new recipes and we all love Mexican. And a plus is this dish is in casserole form.

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