This July 2011 heat wave has been so oppressive. I can't fathom cooking, not even grilling!
So, my stash of canned goods in the pantry and frozen leftovers are coming out for a crockpot casserole. This recipe takes about 10 minutes of prep, uses readily available ingredients, won't heat up your house, and it's good!
First, I hope you are a carcass picker--I know that sounds gross. But, what I mean is that I hope you are a person who plucks all those little pieces of chicken or turkey that are left on the frame of a roast chicken or turkey. They are too little to put on a serving plate as a roast, but too much to waste!
Put those pieces of poultry in a food safe plastic bag and freeze them. Then you will always have roast chicken or turkey available to include in soups or casseroles. And you'll have the satisfaction of knowing that you didn't waste anything.
Turkey (or Chicken) Enchilada Casserole
- Prep crockpot with spray canola oil.
- In a separate pan, saute 1 onion, chopped with 2 cloves of garlic
- Add 1 lb of chopped chicken or turkey pieces (from your frozen stash) Heat through so that the temperature of meat hits 165 degrees.
- Add 1 can of "GRILLIN' BEANS- Black Bean Fiesta" with the sauce and 1 can (14.5 oz) of chili-ready diced tomatoes with the sauce.
- Check seasonings. Add extra cumin, salt, pepper as your tastes indicate. Remove from heat.
This meat mixture will be layered in the crockpot along with 4 tortillas and 4oz. (1 cup) of shredded Mexican cheese blend as follows:
Put a layer of meat mixture on bottom, then--
Put 1 tortilla on top, a layer of meat mixture, 1/4th of cheese.
Repeat twice (3 tortillas used).
Take the last (4th) tortilla and slice into strips. Sprinkle on top along with any remaining cheese.
Picture left shows the casserole in crockpot, layered, before cooking.
Cook on "low" about 8 hours.
Here's what it looks like after 8 hours.
Serve with sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole as desired, and a side green salad.
I use low carb flour tortillas, but you can also use corn tortillas, other high fiber tortillas, or even create a thicker tortilla layer by doubling the tortillas used in the three layers (total 7 tortillas instead of 4)--your preference.