Sunday, April 26, 2009

Enchilada Hot Dish

Yes, I'm in Minnesota and it's called a "hot dish."

When I got my second job at Norwest, it was in downtown Minneapolis. My first job downtown. The department that I moved to would use any excuse to host a potluck. Our crazy co-worker (seriously, she was nuts!) brought this one of our potlucks and it was delicious! I've made it many times over the last several years and have kicked it up a notch by switching out some of her ingredients for something a little more flavorful.

Here it is, Enchilada Hotdish:

2# ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can cream of mushroom soup (no minnesota 'hotdish' is complete without it!)
1 can of Campbell's Pepper Jack soup (or nacho cheese soup)
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes (with green chiles is good too)
1/2-3/4 cup salsa
2 bags of cheddar, co-jack or whatever cheese you like
16-20 corn tortillas

In a dutch oven, brown the ground beef, drain off the fat. Add chopped onion and celery, cook until soft. Add the two cloves of garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. To the ground beef, add the soups and the tomatoes and salsa. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes, until flavors incorporated.
While the soup and beef mixture is heating, begin to lightly fry the tortillas on a hot griddle or skillet. Add a couple spoonfuls of the soup mixture to a 9x13 pan sprayed with cooking spray.
Top with 4-5 tortillas and a 1/4 of the cheese. Repeat the layers until you have 4 layers of tortillas and you've ended with cheese. Cover with foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 10 more minutes. (remember to spray the foil so the cheese doesn't stick).
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes to set and the layers will slice nicely. Serve with a little sour cream and salsa. This is really good the next day too!

My sister-in-law shared a recipe similar to this called "King Ranch Casserole" made with chicken. I'll see if she is ok with me posting that recipe and share that later. It's really good. An excellent dish to make with a shredded rotisserie chicken.

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