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This blog was finished way back when, I guess I forgot to hit publish! Enjoy!

03/18/12

So I decided that there was definitely not enough food in the house for us to eat for the week. Muffins and scones are not the only things that need to be coming out of my oven. I tend to bake a lot more than I cook, so I figured that casseroles may be the answer. Yesterday, I made a Tuna noodle casserole (blog on that later) and baked muffins and scones. Not exactly the most healthy day, more sweets being created than food. Oh well, I love baking!

After pulling out almost everything from my cabinets the refried beans caught my eye….I went Mexican.

I have been very hesitant to eat any Mexican food since returning from Texas because the Mexican food there is to die for! I didn’t want to ruin the memory of the last amazing bite of the enchilada I had while sitting in the blue goose restaurant eating way more than any human being should in one night. I swear that’s all we did on vacation, eat. GF options everywhere!!! Amazing.

This casserole is also vegetarian, no meat needed here 🙂

Took my first bite just now and wow, it’s pretty flipping awesome. Yup, pantry casseroles are happening weekendly from now on. Yea, that’s right I made up a word, weekendly. I would like to get a little more creative and I think this is a great way to do it.

So, here is my recipe, It is SUPER hard so you may want to enlist help. Ha.

Mexican Pantry Casserole

1 shallot chopped

half a jalepeno minced (depending on how hot you like it, I am pretty much a wus so I go with half)

1 orange pepper chopped

1 yellow pepper chopped

1 cup wild rice mix (before cooking)

10oz can enchilada sauce

16oz can refried pinto beans

15oz can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

9 corn tortillas

1 bagish(not exactly sure how much I had) of mexican blend shredded cheese

cumin

chili powder

salt and pepper

onion powder

garlic powder

canola oil

Put a very small amount of oil into a skillet. Season jalepeno, orange & yellow peppers and shallots with chili powder, cumin, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste. Cook only until soft. Remove from heat.

Cook wild rice mix according to package. Season with some salt.

Oil bottom of a 9×12 pyrex baking dish. Place 4 corn tortillas on bottom. Sprinkle small amount of cheese. Then add all of the wild rice as the first layer. Season with some cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and onion powder to taste. Sprinkle in some cheese. Next make a layer of the refried beans (I warmed them up in the microwave so they would be easier to spread out). Sprinkle in some cheese. Next make a layer with the corn and black beans.

After that put the cooked jalepeno, peppers and shallots in a layer. Sprinkle a bunch of cheese here (make sure to save a good amount for the top of the casserole). Now the 5 remaining corn tortillas are place on top to cover as much area as possible.

Pour the can of enchilada sauce over the whole thing making sure to wet all of the tortillas and try to make it even on both sides. Finally sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top.

Bake in oven at 350°F for about 20-30 minutes or until bubbly and delicious smelling. 🙂

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