Monday Meal–Enchilada Pie!

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I never make enchiladas because 1) they are too messy 2) take too long to make.  So here is my compromised recipe! 

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I used a half pound of lean ground beef and about 3/4 can of black beans.  I added the drained beans to the meat and smashed them a bit as I seasoned the meat. This is also a great way to stretch meat in meals.  Plus it also adds a source of fiber AND if they are smashed, they can be easily disguised in other dishes. 

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I added 2 tablespoons of (reduced-sodium) taco seasoning. You really cannot tell there are beans in the meat mixture!

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Now here is the trick for making this simple enchilada pie – use a pie plate!  Tortillas are round – it just makes more sense!  No filling enchiladas and making a mess! Fill the bottom with sauce and top with tortilla.

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Add taco meat and cheese.

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Next layer – add tortilla, taco meat and cheese.

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Yum!  Look at all those cheesy layers!

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I will have to say . . . this was deee-licious! Even the leftovers were good, that is saying a lot!

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Find a 100% whole wheat tortilla by looking on the ingredients and making sure the first words are WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR. Here is the tortilla that I used, very good!

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Nutritional highlights:  black beans, whole wheat tortillas and low sodium taco seasoning.  Fiber was increased by using whole wheat tortillas.  Some of the fat was reduced by using more black beans in place of the beef.  Mexican dishes are loaded with sodium so it was helpful using no-salt-added black beans and a reduced-sodium taco seasoning.

 

Enchilada Pie

Ingredients

3 whole wheat tortillas

1/2 pound lean ground beef

1 1 /2 cups no-salt-added black beans, drained

2 tbsp reduced-sodium taco seasoning

2 tbsp water

1 cup enchilada sauce, divided

1 cup shredded cheese

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cook ground been in skillet and brown. Add black beans and mash using a potato masher. Add taco seasoning and water and simmer for 2 minutes. In a pie baking dish, add 1/4 cup enchilada sauce and top with one tortilla. Add taco meat mixture and top with cheese.  Repeat steps. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese melts.

 

This dish was very easy to put together and it can be made ahead.  It is also can be an awesome way to use leftover taco meat!  Enjoy!

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