If you love burritos and lots of Mexican flavor this easy, family friendly casserole is one that you will definitely want to add to your recipe box. You can make it to the point of baking ahead of time, refrigerate, and then bake it just before serving or cover it tightly (unbaked) and freeze for a handy freezer meal.
It is just as good with less meat, so if you want to cut the (all ready low) cost of this dish just use less beef and more beans.
I like it with sour cream and avocado on top but that isn’t necessary. It really is a one dish meal and high in fiber from the corn tortillas, beans, and vegetables. Add a salad or some fruit and you are good to go.
Cut the fat by using fat free refried beans,ground sirloin, and cutting out or using less cheese in the meat mixture. [pullquote]Buy inexpensive casserole dishes at thrift stores and garage sales and freeze casseroles in them. When you want to bless someone with a meal you can bless them with a casserole dish to remember it by.[/pullquote]
Line your casserole dish with aluminum foil, spray it liberally with cooking spray and bake. Let it cool to room temperature and flash freeze. When frozen lift the aluminum foil covered casserole out of the pan and remove the aluminum foil. Put the frozen casserole in a vacuum sealer and seal according to manufacturer’s directions. It takes up less room in the freezer this way and frees up your pan. When you want to thaw it for baking just place the frozen casserole back in the same pan, cover tightly and refrigerate overnight. How cool is that?
Pretty dang cool!
I adapted this from a Allrecipes.
© 2011 Marye Audet