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Spicy Beef Enchiladas

Menu Plan for the week of Nov. 8, 2013:  Thursday's Recipes

Spicy Beef Enchiladas

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     If you have tortillas in the freezer from our last enchiladas, this will finish them.  If not, freeze any 'new' leftover tortillas or make taco chips. The yogurt is an accompaniment so quantity is an estimate.

Spicy Beef Enchiladas                                    Preparation and cooking time: 35 minutes
You can make this as hot or not by your choice of taco sauce, how much chili powder you use and by adding hotter peppers and/or hot sauce. 

8oz (240gr) ground beef (or turkey)
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
1 - 2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
4oz (120gr) green chilies  or something hotter if your prefer
15oz (450gr) refried beans
1 tbs olive oil
1 cup (4oz, 120gr) shredded cheese - divided,  cheddar, colby
2 jars enchilada or taco sauce,  10oz each  (300 ml) (mild or hot)
1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) Greek yogurt, or sour cream   approximately
4 corn or wheat tortillas 

Chop onion.  Finely chop garlic.  Drain chilies, chop if whole.  Heat oil in large nonstick skillet.  Add chili powder, cumin, and sauté 1 minute.  Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes.  Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as it browns.  Add 1/3 of the beans and enough sauce to just kind of hold it all together, 1/3 - 1/2 cup.  Remove from heat.  Add green chilies and 1/2 cup of the cheese, mix well. 
Put 1/3 cup of enchilada or taco sauce into a baking dish large enough to hold 4 enchiladas.   Heat a large nonstick skillet, over medium heat.  Warm one tortilla in the skillet for 15 - 20 seconds.  Spoon one fourth  of the beef/been mixture onto the tortilla and roll up.  Place seam side down on the sauce in the baking dish.   Repeat with remaining three tortillas. Pour the rest of the Enchilada/Taco sauce over the finished enchiladas, sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup cheese.  Bake at 375F  (190C) for 20 minutes, until heated through and cheese is bubbly.  
Heat remaining beans. 
Serve Enchiladas with Greek yogurt and beans on the side.

Taco Chips:  Cut tortillas into triangles, sprinkle on some salt, garlic powder, whatever, and bake until light brown, about 15 minutes - Voila!  Taco Chips!

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, large non-stick skillet. baking dish,
small saucepan, plate

Turn oven on, 375F (190C)
Chop onion
Sauté chili powder, cumin
Add onion, sauté
Mince garlic, add to skillet

Add beef to skillet, sauté
Add beans, sauce, mix
Add cheese, chilies, mix
Put some sauce in baking dish
Make enchiladas, put in dish
Pour sauce over enchiladas and bake
      Pause while they bake
Heat beans
Remove Enchiladas
Serve and enjoy

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