Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (2024)

72 Comments / By Andrew / October 15, 2012 / Recipes

5 Reviews / 4.4 Average

This recipe is a guest post by Andrew, our "Tech Guy" who also has a real food blog of his own called Eating Rules…to learn more about Andrew check out ourteam page!

↓ Jump to Recipe

This recipe is a guest post by Andrew, our “Tech Guy” who also has a real food blog of his own called Eating Rules…to learn more about Andrew check out ourteam page!
………………………..

Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (1)

Want to Save this Recipe?

Enter your email below & we'll send it straight to your inbox. Plus you'll get great new recipes from us every week!

Thank you Lisa for inviting me to share another guest post with your readers! We’re currently in the middle of theOctober Unprocessed challenge, and this is a perfect “unprocessed” recipe to make for your family – or for yourself, with plenty of leftovers!

Try these Gluten Free Enchiladas too!

I may not yet have kids of my own (I added that “yet” in there to give my mom hope), but I sure do know how to feed a crowd. Every year I throw a big New Year’s party in which we do a lot of cooking and eating together… oftentimes we’re making dinner for about 30 people.

So we’ve learned how to feed a hungry group quickly and efficiently. A few years back, my friend Dan made “Enchilada Casserole” for the crew, and it immediately became a part of our holiday dinner rotation. It’s easy to prepare, and barely any extra work to double or triple the recipe. You can also prepare the casserole in advance and just throw it in the oven an hour before dinnertime.

It’s easily adaptable to special diets, too.Already vegetarian (adding meat issonot necessary — it’s hearty enough!), we usually make one “regular” version and one vegan version (just skip the cheese), and most people have trouble deciding which they like more. If you use corn tortillas, it can be gluten-free, too. A couple of years ago, I started using 100% whole wheat tortillas instead of white flour tortillas, and people didn’t even notice.

It helps to think of this dish as sort of a “Mexican Lasagna.” You’re basically layering the bean mixture, tortillas, veggies, and cheese the same way you’d build a lasagna. As you layer things together, tear the tortillas in halves or quarters as necessary to create a single layer. I usually start with one whole tortilla in the middle, and then tear another in half to create flat edges, which go on the outside of the pan. I may tear a third one in quarters and use that to fill in the gaps. It’s good if they overlap a little. Like so:

Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (2)

Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (3)

Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole

This recipe is a guest post by Andrew, our "Tech Guy" who also has a real food blog of his own called Eating Rules…to learn more about Andrew check out ourteam page!

5 Reviews / 4.4 Average

Prep Time: 30 minutes mins

Cook Time: 50 minutes mins

Total Time: 1 hour hr 20 minutes mins

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

Method: Freezer Friendly

Diet: Egg Free, Gluten Free, Peanut/Tree Nut-Free, Vegetarian

Print Recipe

Servings: 10 people

Save Recipe

Ingredients

Sauce Base & Tortillas

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cups enchilada sauce (or one large can)
  • 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 cups refried beans (low-sodium if canned, or see note for Lisa's recipe)
  • 10 corn tortillas (or wheat)

Extra Goodies

  • 1 can green chiles (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 jalapeño (diced (check for spiciness; jalapeños vary considerably))
  • 1 cup mushrooms (quartered)
  • 1 bunch spinach ((frozen or canned works too))
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup potatoes (sliced into 1/4″ rounds and then parboiled for 3-5 minutes)
  • 1 cup cheese (shredded)
  • 1 avocado (sliced)

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute the diced onion for 3-4 minutes until it starts to soften.

  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add the enchilada sauce, black beans, and refried beans to the saucepan. Stir slowly until mixed thoroughly.

  • Add any “extra goodies” to the sauce (except cheese or avocado) and continue heating and stirring until it starts to simmer. Be sure to stir continuously, else it may start to splatter as it comes to a boil.

  • Once everything is mixed well, turn off the heat and begin layering the casserole in a lightly greased 9×13 baking pan. Start by adding a thin layer of the sauce to the bottom (if you start with tortillas first, they may burn). Next add a layer of tortillas (see diagram above). Then alternate sauce and tortillas until there’s about 1/4″ of space left (or you run out of sauce or tortillas!), ending with a layer of sauce on top. Be sure all the tortillas are covered by sauce; any tortilla that’s not covered will dry out.

  • Sprinkle the cheese on top and cover with aluminum foil. "Tent” the foil so it’s not resting on the cheese (this makes it easier to remove later).

  • Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. (If doubling the recipe or using a deeper pan, you may want to bake a little longer.) Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes, until cheese begins to brown. Allow to cool for at least ten minutes then serve with a few slices of avocado on top.

Notes

Lisa's refried beans recipe - Easy Slow Cooker Refried Beans

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole

Amount Per Serving

Calories 288Calories from Fat 81

% Daily Value*

Fat 9g14%

Saturated Fat 3g19%

Cholesterol 12mg4%

Sodium 1069mg46%

Potassium 648mg19%

Carbohydrates 41g14%

Fiber 12g50%

Sugar 7g8%

Protein 13g26%

Vitamin A 3745IU75%

Vitamin C 23.4mg28%

Calcium 180mg18%

Iron 3.8mg21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want weekly REAL FOOD meal plans made for you? Check It Out

Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (4)Andrew Wilder is a self-proclaimed “Healthy Foodie,” and he writes about the confluence of healthy and delicious on his blog, Eating Rules. He also leads the October Unprocessed challenge each year, trying to get as many people as possible to eat no processed food whatsoever for the entire month. 6,000 people have taken the pledge so far, and it’s not too late for you to join in, too! You can also find Andrew on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.

Posts may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same but 100 Days of Real Food will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us spread our message!

Guest Recipe: Unprocessed Enchilada Casserole - 100 Days of Real Food (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Dr. Pierre Goyette

Last Updated:

Views: 5579

Rating: 5 / 5 (50 voted)

Reviews: 81% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Dr. Pierre Goyette

Birthday: 1998-01-29

Address: Apt. 611 3357 Yong Plain, West Audra, IL 70053

Phone: +5819954278378

Job: Construction Director

Hobby: Embroidery, Creative writing, Shopping, Driving, Stand-up comedy, Coffee roasting, Scrapbooking

Introduction: My name is Dr. Pierre Goyette, I am a enchanting, powerful, jolly, rich, graceful, colorful, zany person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.