Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spinach and Bean Enchilada Casserole


Some favorites are born out of necessity.  Although I have been making this dish for many years, I still remember how it came about: I needed dinner, I had very little in the fridge and going to the store was not an option.  I combined refried beans with spinach into an enchilada dish that soon became a family favorite.  It's sort of  a Mexican-style lasagna, with tortillas filling in for the pasta.  This casserole is practical for a weekday meal and yet memorable enough for your best company.  I love to make a colorful salad coated with homemade salad dressing.  Later on this week, I'll feature a delightful salad that compliments this enchilada casserole to perfection.

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spinach bean casserole dish

Spinach and Bean Enchilada Casserole (Serves 6)
This is a great make-ahead dish, just like lasagna it improves over time.  It will keep in your fridge for a few days.

16oz Refried Beans
16oz chopped Spinach, thawed and squeezed dried
2 cups tomato sauce + 1/2 tsp of ground cumin (mixed well together)
6 corn tortillas, soaked in hot water to soften
1 1/2 cup Mexican Cheese Shredded

  • 350F Preheat oven
  • Oil a lasagna dish
  • Spread 1/2 cup of the tomato sauce in the bottom of the dish
  • Place strips of the corn tortillas to cover 
  • Spread the refried beans evenly
  • Add the spinach on top in an even layer
  • Sprinkle 1 cup of the cheese 
  • Add the remaining strips of tortilla on top of the whole thing
  • Finish with the remaining tomato sauce
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top
  • Bake covered for 20 minutes and uncover and bake for another 10 minutes or until bubbly.

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    dokuzuncubulut said...

    Very savory... I love it.

    Jeanine said...

    That looks great, Alexa! Looks like something my family would enjoy. Never thought of soaking the corn tortillas in water to soften them up though, I must give that a try. :) Thanks!

    Usha said...

    This is such a creative and inviting cassarole ! Looking forward to making it :-)

    Sophie said...

    OOoh,..I so love this tasty & superb dish, Alexa!


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    inumidun said...

    Hi Alexa,

    I love reading your blog. All of the dishes look so yummy! You always give me fresh ideas.

    Alexa said...

    I appreciate hearing your kind words. This dish is really good. I hope you get a chance to try it.

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