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An Improvised Casserole


The other day, my husband Jeramy attempted to make a burrito filling for our dinner, that didn’t end up working out. The night got away from us, and some ingredients were missing, so we tossed the mixture into a container in the fridge and ordered a pizza.

Last night, we decided to make good use of the mixture he had made, add a few more ingredients, and try our hand at a Mexican casserole. It turned out delicious. Here is our recipe:

1 avocado (chopped up)
1 package of boil-in-a-bag brown rice (cooked separately before incorporating)
corn (we didn’t measure how much)
one package of meat substitute chicken fajita strips (but you could use actual chicken, or any meat you like really)
1 can of black beans

The above ingredients were all heated together in a pan, and Jeramy added all kinds of seasonings. When we make Mexican food we usually toss in cumin, turmeric, chili powder, salt, pepper, and paprika. Pre-mixed taco seasoning works well too. We never measure the spices, and just add to taste.

Last night I got out:
1 can of vegetarian refried beans
1 package whole wheat tortilla wraps
1 bottle of enchilada sauce
sharp cheddar cheese

I grabbed my oval casserole dish (though I imagine any shape would work out, you just might have to cut up the tortillas a bit more for fit) and spread a layer of refried beans on the bottom. I layered half of our beans/rice/protein mixture over this, and then poured enchilada sauce all over that. Then, I placed a tortilla over this (I had to cut a bit to fit) and repeated the layering again. On top of the whole thing, we sprinkled lots of grated cheddar.

The whole thing went uncovered into our oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then, we turned on the broiler for a minute, just to brown the cheese a little.

Yes, my oven is practically an antique.

We happened to have sour cream in the fridge, so we served it up with that.  It was quite delicious! I will definitely be making this one again.

I like recipes that I can modify and change-up, and this one would be great for that. For example, if I didn’t feel like springing for the meat substitute, it would be great without. Or I could use ground beef instead of chicken (real or fake). The veggies could be mixed and matched as well. I think onions, peppers, and tomatoes would go great in this. And of course, you could use whichever cheese or seasonings you prefer as well.

Note: Sorry there are no progress shots of this one. It was late, we were hungry and impatient.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

6 thoughts on “An Improvised Casserole

  1. This looks like a great recipe. I also like recipes that can be modified or changed up!

  2. great recipe! We always seem to have these ingredients around the house and enjoy all of them often. I am going to have to make this soon!

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