Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tower of Enchirito: Week 4

As we were trying to title this entree, my children came up with "Tower of Enchirito" - combining enchiladas and Doritos, plus the fact that we built layers like a tower.  We came up with this mexican casserole with what we had in pantry - it was something new we hadn't tried before, and the kids loved it!  Even the leftovers are delicious.

Cost: $18; serves 8 (large servings)

1 lb (or 1.25 lb) hamburger (or meat of your choice)
1 large can refried beans
2 cans enchilada sauce (I used one green chile and one red)
1 large block cheese (I used combination of Mont Jack, and Cheddar)
1 small can olives (optional)
6 regular flour tortillas (or corn, if you prefer)
about 1/4 bag of Doritos or one of the snack-size bags
1 can Rotel

Preheat oven to 350. Cook hamburger until done.  Add Rotel and refried beans.  In 9x13 dish, pour about 2/3 can enchilada sauce on bottom; coat both sides of tortillas, and place in bottom of pan, flat, so that the pan is covered.  Overlapping the tortillas is fine, or tear some pieces off to make up for the bare spots.  Sprinkle grated cheese on top, then spoon beef/bean mixture on top.  Put handful of olives on top of meat. Layer with enchilada-sauce coated tortillas, and repeat cheese, meat, olives.  The easiest method for coating the tortillas (which you don't have to do - but it helps get the flavor on the inside) is to pour the sauce on top of the pan or mixture, then just press the tortilla into it, and flip them over to the other side. 

For the top, end with a layer of tortillas, pour any remaining enchilada sauce on top, sprinkle with cheese and olives.  Crush Doritos and layer on top of cheese. Bake about 20 min, until cheese is melted, then serve.  It only took about 35 min from start to finish.

The Doritos really give a nice crunch and zestiness to the dish. 

Our family of 5 ate approx half the dish, so we had enough leftovers for a few lunches or an entire second meal.

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