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Enchilada Pie for Christmas Dinner - Not So Traditional!

Updated on October 27, 2012
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TRADITION!

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!

The "Traditional" Enchilada Pie
The "Traditional" Enchilada Pie | Source

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

  • Prep time: 25 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 55 min
  • Yields: Will serve up to 12 people

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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

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 pie slice
Calories 350
Calories from Fat216
% Daily Value *
Fat 24 g37%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 5 g20%
Protein 26 g52%
Cholesterol 85 mg28%
* 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.

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees
  2. Chop onion
  3. Brown ground beef (or turkey)
  4. Add onion half way through cooked meat
  5. Add salt, pepper, chili powder, tomato sauce
  6. In lightly greased pan, alternate layers of tortillas, meat mixture, and cheese.
  7. Pour water evenly over entire pan.
  8. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes, Will serve 12 people.

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!

Elizabeth Rayen
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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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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Wonderful presentation of favorite recipes. Bookmarked, voted up, and more. I love enchiladas and all its variations. This reminds me of stacked enchiladas. Delicious!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you Arlene!. Hope you get an opportunity to try it. I love enchiladas and this dish can be doctored to suit your own taste. Happy Holidays to you!~ Lisa

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yum, yum. Sounds like a great alternative to turkey and stuffing. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      Thank you Alocsin! Perhaps I need to Hub my recipe for my Taco Salad as well. hmmmmmm...

      Happy Holidays to you and yours!

      Lisa

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      J Burgraff 5 years ago

      I share your love for Mexican food and cooking as well, and think it is the perfect festive cuisine for Christmas. May you and your family have a merry one!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thank you! I also have a tasty taco salad recipe that my grandmother used to make. She was the best at Mexican cuisine. Happy Holidays to you as well!

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      Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

      Yummy!! I will have to try this ... looks delicious!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      I encourage your Christmas Dinner variation, especially when it has to do with Mexican food! I also have parted from the traditional turkey and made seafood lasagna as the main course.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      ooooo I love seafood lasagna. A little more time consuming, but well worth it in the end! Thank you Claudia and Merry Christmas!

      Blessings,

      Lisa~Rustic Living

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Interesting! By the way, while you were developing your recipe, did you ever add black beans and corn to your ground beef mixture after you brown the meat? Thanks for sharing as I enjoy reading other's recipes.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      I have added corn, but not black beans, although that would make a lot of sense to do so. You have some great ideas for enhancing recipes. I'm still intrigued with the grape jelly in chili idea! Thanks Lilleyth!:)

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      Joanna McKenna 5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I love love LOVE Enchilada Pie! But this particular recipe could make me forget my self-imposed diet for the next 3 days! What I get for stumbling across it the night before Grocery Shopping Day!

      Bookmarked and voted AWESOME! Woulda voted it UP, too, but the UP option is gone! )-:

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      Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

      Thanks JamaGenee! This recipe is really yummy. I have to admit I do have more than one helping when I make it. :0

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Lisa, I would happily forgo turkey (s0 bland!) for this Mexican treat. I'm done with tradition!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I hear ya Jools! It used to be that we would have turkey for Thanksgiving (oh so traditional) and then roast beef or ham for Christmas and New Years.... now I have to admit that Turkey does remain on the list for TG, however, Christmas is a whole different menu. OLE! Nice to see you!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Wow...what a combination...a mexican cuisine as a pie. Living in a multi-cultural community does help :)

      thanks Lisa. Will give this a try. btw, this week's topic is to write about a special treat. I see your hub was published long time back, but since this is a unique recipe..you could paste the link in the weekly forum. cheers!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Ruchira! This recipe is really yummy and I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for the heads up on the weekly forum! ♥

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yum! I think I'll add a link from to my Mexican Lasagna hub to your Enchilada pie. YUMMY!!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      ooo Mexican Lasagna?? Now that I need to see. Thanks Susan... will do the same! ♥

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Sounds so good. Great idea even for Christmas. Passing this on.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This looks incredible. I love any kind of Mexican or Tex-Mex food. Pinning this one! :-)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I love the enchilada pie part and all, but actually, I have to comment about the end part about you being in musical theatre. OH MY GOSH no WONDER you're so hilarious and freakin' awesome! All the wonderful things you do! You're awesomesauce! :D

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thanks so much Gypsy! It's really good and I have to admit.. Christmas isn't the only time I will fix it! LOL ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Why thank you miss Vicki Lynn! It's one of my many comfort food recipes. Thanks for the pin as well dahlink! Big Ol Hub Hugs! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      LOL Cyndi....Awesomesauce!!!!???? Well now.. That's a first for me..and I must say.. I LOVE being called that! Lisa Awesomesauce.. Yeah.. that works! I adore you my little hummingbird! ♥♥♥

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      Erica J 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

      This is a great recipe. I added a little pinch of cumin to mine.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm with you with unique a christmas dinner. Turkey and ham are so November! :) I bake Sunshine's Lasagna on Christmas Eve and Chinese take-out for Christmas Day. This allows less time in the kitchen and more time to have fun! Wishing you a Merry Christmas my funny hubber friend :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Ooooo That sounds yummy keepyouinstitches! Thank you for commenting :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Now you are making me hungry Linda! :) And I agree with you.. less time in the kitchen more time for fun!!!! Mele Kalikimaka my sweet hubber sister! ♥

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Sounds like Mexican lasagna! What a great dish and so easy....can't wait to make this, my kids will be so impressed. Thanks Rustic!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting all the way.

      Merry Christmas!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Tasty.......and my kind of food! Am pinning this and scrapbooking it to make. Thanks Lisa!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Oooo I love Mexican lasagna! It's similar but not quite. Thanks Mary! I hope you'll enjoy it! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well! ♥

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Mine too Michelle! "great minds" Let me know how you like it after you make it! Merry Christmas sweety! ♥

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