Deconstructed Enchiladas


What do you fix for dinner when you have run out of ideas and nothing sounds appetizing?  The other day I threw something together and hoped for the best.  I must admit, I thought it was pretty tasty.  I’m calling it Deconstructed Enchiladas.  Give it a try and let us know in the comments.


  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 can (10 oz) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz) white or black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 cup cooked jasmine rice (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 1-2 cups shredded taco or cheddar cheese

Brown ground beef in large skillet.  Stir in enchilada sauce, beans, cooked rice, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder and heat through.

Pour into a lightly greased casserole dish or 9×9 baking dish.  Top with desired amount of cheese.

Bake uncovered in a 350⁰ oven for 15-20 minutes or until bubbly and cheese browns.

I served these with fried tortilla slices.  A healthier option would be to bake them if that’s a concern for you.

To fry the tortillas, cut them in eight pie shaped wedges.  Place them in a pan with about ½ inch of hot cooking oil and fry until golden brown.  They will puff up like pillows.  You can avoid this by piercing them with a fork before you cook them.  Drain on paper towel.

Serve with salsa, sour cream, avocado or guacamole.   I only had salsa and cream cheese, but I kept thinking how good it would taste with some sliced avocado.


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