Cheesy Tortilla Casserole
Cheese, meat, onions, black olives, and kidney beans sandwiched between two layers of tortillas and topped with a homemade salsa sauce and cheese
1 pound ground turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons water, if using thick salsa (above)
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (15 ounces) dark red kidney beans, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black olives, sliced
12 ounces (3 cups) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
5 medium-sized flour tortillas
1. Brown ground turkey with the onion and garlic. Drain fat and put meat into a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
2. Return skillet to the stovetop and heat salsa, water (if your salsa is thick), cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, sugar, and pepper over medium heat until hot. You should end up with a sauce that is thin enough to spread, like pizza sauce.
3. Add beans, olives, and 2 cups of the cheese to the meat mixture and toss to combine.
4. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Using about 2 1/2 of the flour tortillas, arrange them in a single layer across the bottom of the pan. Tear tortillas as needed (doesn't have to be perfect).
5. Spread meat mixture in a layer over the tortillas. Top with remaining tortillas, again, in a single layer, tearing as needed to cover gaps.
6. Spread salsa mixture over top tortillas and sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until cheese is melted and casserole is heated through.
I created this casserole in order to add a little variety to my selection of mexican-style baked dishes. We were quite pleased with the results!
Simple to make, the unique combination of meat fried with lots of onions added to black olives and kidney beans makes a protein-rich baked dish. I think the homemade sauce tastes a bit like enchilada sauce (though much cheaper to make!) and adds some spice to the casserole.
If you like "Tex-Mex" dishes, this is one to try! My rating: 9/10