Monday, March 15, 2010

One Dish Wonder

It's my hope that one of these days we can throw an Affordable Foodie bash here in my "quaint" little apartment. Not only would that give us all a chance to experience these delectable dishes in each other's company, but it would provide you with the opportunity to see my kitchen. It's one of those kitchens where you basically have to laugh to keep from crying, if you know what I mean. For starters, my washer and dryer are right there...literally just a few feet from the sink. But that's only the tip of the iceberg. Maybe at some point in your life you've lived sans dishwasher. I hope not, for sanity's sake, but if you have, you understand that even for someone who loves preparing great meals (and I do), not having a dishwasher can often take the wind out of your cooking sails. I mean, here you've slaved away and enjoyed the spoils of your hard work...and then you're left with 30 extra minutes of manual labor requiring rubber gloves. Ugh! With that in mind, this Affordable Foodie has a new found appreciation for recipes that are not only tasty, but ones that don't clog up the sink with countless dishes.

My very favorite of this type of recipe is for beef enchiladas. It's a no-mess, easy and absolutely mouth watering dish! And the best part is it only uses one pan and one baking dish. I pair the enchiladas with slices of avocado, romaine lettuce, pickled jalapenos, sour cream and Jack's Fresh salsa. The recipe is below. Enjoy! I apologize for the pics; I had to use my iPhone.

C's Famous Enchiladas

(You'll need an 8x10 in. baking dish)

1 1/2 cans of El Pasos enchilada sauce
1 package of 12 in. tortillas
1 can of Rotel
1 package of McCormick's taco seasoning
1.5 - 2 lbs of ground lean sirloin
1 package of chopped romaine lettuce
Jack's Fresh salsa
2 avocados sliced into 1/2 wedges
1/2 cup of picked jalapenos
3 cups of pepper jack cheese, freshly shredded)
1 cup of shredded 4 Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup of cilantro, roughly chopped


Cook meat in pan until brown. Add package of taco seasoning (follow the standard directions on the seasoning package). Also add 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce - we recommend the Old El Paso sauce you can find at your local grocer. Once meat is cooked, add about 3-4 tablespoons of meat to each 12" tortilla. Tightly roll 5 tortillas with beef in a casserole dish. Cover with remaining enchilada sauce, rotel, and picked jalapenos.

Then add cheeses and cilantro to top.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cheese bubbles. Serve with romaine, sliced avocado, salsa and sour cream.


  1. Sans cilantro I want to stuff this down my gullet right now! Looks so good!

  2. I love one dish wonders!!! Who is this culinary genius named C?

  3. Marge . . I can't reveal my sources!