Enchilada Pie for Christmas Dinner - Not So Traditional!
Christmas and the holiday season always seems to set the tone for that "Traditional" turkey or ham feast with all the trimmings. I grew up in that "traditional" home and loved when the family and extended family would come for the ever popular dinner each bringing their "specialty" dish to the table. (Mine was potato salad)
Of course many cultures celebrate in so many different ways and with so many different ethnic foods out there, the phrase "traditional" takes on a whole new FABULOUS meaning!
Enchilada pastel para la cena de Navidad
One of my all-time favorite Mexican dishes I make throughout the year has become a favorite to make for the holidays. It's fast, cheap, extremely tasty, and goes a long way... and.. my guests LOVE IT! Enchilada Pie!
On my gosh..I'm salivating right now!!
I have wonderful fond memories with visits to my grandma's house. This woman could cook or bake anything! (To this day, there is no one who can touch her Spanish rice or lemon meringue pie.)
I loved watching her cook. She'd laugh and sing and involved me in helping her in the preparations. I have been blessed that she taught me so many of her secrets and to this day I always feel her looking down and watching over me to make sure I'm doing everything according to her instructions.
While living on Kauai for twenty years, I did a lot of baking and cooking and experimented with many recipes. This recipe for enchilada pie was created by a friend and myself. Each time we prepared it, we would add and delete ingredients here and there until we finally got just the right taste we were looking for! To this day, I still use the same recipe.
So with love from our home to yours, I give you my version of Enchilada Pie!!!!
Preparation and Cooking Time
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Ingredients for Mouth Watering Enchilada Pie
- 1 lb ground beef, (ground turkey for less fat/calories)
- 1 Med-Lg Onion
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1-2 tbsp Chili Powder, (I like 2 myself)
- 1 1/2 C Grated Cheddar cheese
- 1-8oz can Tomato sauce, (use 2 if you like it a little more saucy)
- 1-41/2 oz Ripe olives, Chopped
- 6 White or yellow corn tortillas, (Lightly spread with butter)
- 1/4 C Water
- 9x13" Pan
Nutritional Value for Enchilada Pie
|Serving size: 1 pie slice|
|Calories from Fat||216|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 24 g||37%|
|Saturated fat 9 g||45%|
|Carbohydrates 19 g||6%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Fiber 5 g||20%|
|Protein 26 g||52%|
|Cholesterol 85 mg||28%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
- Preheat oven 400 degrees
- Chop onion
- Brown ground beef (or turkey)
- Add onion half way through cooked meat
- Add salt, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce
- In lightly greased pan, alternate layers of tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese.
- Pour water evenly over entire pan.
- Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes, Will serve 12 people.
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The Total Meal
Instead of serving this with beans and rice, I like to keep it on the lighter side (especially if I'm serving up dessert after the meal.)
So, I will make a Fiesta Dinner Salad:
On salad plates I place (rinsed and dried) 2 cups of chopped Romaine lettuce, 1/2 tomatoe (diced), 1/2 C. cooked corn and green bell pepper diced, topped off with 2 Tbsp of shredded Cheddar Cheese.
Since everyone has their favorite dressing, I offer Ranch, Bleu Cheese, and Oil & Vinegar, and Thousand Island.
This meal is light and refreshing and I'm sure your guests will love it!
About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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