Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Beef Enchiladas - GFCF Style

Here is the promised recipe and review for Beef Enchiladas! The picture at right is before baking. This recipe originally comes from Hillbilly Housewife. Her website is full of very frugal recipes. Many can be adapted for the GFCF diet.

Beef Enchiladas
2 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 chpd. onion
2 6 oz cans tomato paste
4 cups warm water
2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
Dash EACH oregano, black pepper
20-25 soft corn tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown ground beef or turkey and onion. Drain. Mix tomato paste, water, and spices in a separate bowl. Pour 1/2 of sauce mixture into skillet with meat. Heat together for a minute or so. Remove from heat. Warm corn tortillas. Roll each tortilla with about 3 T. of meat. Place in a large baking dish with seam side down. Cover with remaining sauce. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes. Top with refried beans, soy sour cream, lettuce, or desired toppings as you serve.

A few notes...

Don't squeeze 25 of these enchiladas into the same pan. It looks good in the picture above, but trust me, this recipe works much better when divided between two dishes.

Corn tortillas do not roll well unless they are hot. I've never been able to achieve the right temperature with the microwave. I've taken to heating them on a dry skillet for a few seconds in each side. You should see them steaming before they're done.

My son loves these in his lunch! I always hope there will be a few left for the next day. But there rarely is. If your family is not as big ours, consider using the extra for lunches.

This recipe feeds our family of 7 for about $5.

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