This vegetarian enchiladas recipe is a crowd pleaser – even for those who don’t love mushrooms. My 12-year-old didn’t even notice they were in there once they were smothered with the cheese mixture and yummy sauce.
I’ve got a super easy new recipe to share with you today … Vegetarian Slow Cooker Black Bean Tacos! This simple and tasty dish is from my friend Gina’s new Skinnytaste Fast and Slow cookbook.
Now that I have three kids, I have less time to cook than ever before. That’s why this Slow Cooker Mexican Lasagna was born! Clean up is a snap, too.
Last month we were lucky enough to celebrate my husband’s cousin’s 40th birthday with friends and family from afar, in Mexico. We not only had a blast but enjoyed lots of tasty food while we were there too, including Huevos Rancheros for breakfast every single morning!
This dish is super easy to throw together, and it’s definitely a crowd pleaser. Who doesn’t love Mexican food? I don’t think it’s a secret that our family is a BIG fan and almost once a week we are sure to enjoy some south of the border fare like homemade refried beans, taco salad, pork carnitas, flank steak fajitas, vegetable quesadillas, homemade tortillas, or the like. And now we can add these “tostadas” to our repertoire…
This recipe is a guest post by Andrew, our “Tech Guy” who also has a real food blog of his own called Eating Rules…to learn more about Andrew check out our team page! ……………………….. Thank you Lisa for inviting me to share another guest post with your readers! We’re currently in the middle of the October Unprocessed challenge, and this is a perfect “unprocessed” recipe to make for your family – or for yourself, with plenty of leftovers! I may not yet have kids of my own (I added that “yet” in there to give my mom hope), but I sure do know how to feed a crowd. Every year I throw a big New Year’s party in which we do a lot of cooking and eating together… oftentimes we’re making dinner for about 30 people. So we’ve learned how to feed a hungry group quickly and efficiently. A few years back, my friend Dan made “Enchilada Casserole” for the crew, and it immediately became a part of our holiday dinner rotation. It’s easy to prepare, and barely any extra work to double or triple the recipe. You can also prepare the casserole in advance and just throw it in the oven an hour before dinnertime. It’s easily adaptable to special diets, too.
After recently watching my 4 and 6-year-old daughters gobble down some “Cobb Salad” I decided to apply that very same idea to this “Taco Salad.” Who doesn’t like to see all the choices laid out beautifully so you can pick and choose what you want (like a taco salad platter)? And what mommy doesn’t like to see a few pieces of lettuce accidentally slip into the mix on her kids’ plates? :) Now I’d be lying if I told you that my younger (and pickier) daughter didn’t put up a little fuss about eating some of the green stuff in this dish. But I helped her roll some of the meat, cheese, and sour cream that she looooves inside a few bigger pieces of lettuce, and it helped things tremendously. She knew she had to take a big bite right into the lettuce if she wanted the goodies on the inside. I, on the other hand, just thought this was such a refreshing and fun twist to the traditional taco dinner. So this meal was a big hit in my book.
If you don’t have a slow cooker I think this recipe alone is worth the $25 or $30 investment (we use this basic, inexpensive slow cooker). We have tested these pork tacos on quite a lot of people (including our dinner club guests), and it gets rave reviews every time! I’ve also already shared another slow cooker favorite of ours “The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot,” which can easily be turned into overnight homemade chicken stock. There is no better way than a slow cooker to make inexpensive cuts of meat delish. Pork Carnitas Tacos 4.76 from 25 votes Course: Main Course, Slow Cooker Cuisine: Mexican Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes Servings  (adjust to suit): 8 Adapted from Marcela Valladolid Print Ingredients 2 lbs pork shoulder, (or Boston butt roast) cut into 5 or 6 small pieces (in Charlotte we use pork from Grateful Growers Farm, which is sold at the Matthews Farmers’ Market and Hillbilly Produce) 3 teaspoons oregano 2 teaspoons pepper 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon cumin 1 onion, cut into 6 or 8 chunks 3 cloves garlic, whole 1 recipe salsa, Tomatillo (Link in notes. Use this recipe or can be purchased at Trader Joe’s, though theirs is a bit salty) 1 ½ recipe corn tortillas, See recipe link in notes 2 avocados, sliced cilantro Instructions Mix together oregano, pepper, salt, and cumin and rub on outside of pork pieces in bottom of slow cooker. Throw onion and garlic on top of pork. Slow cook on low for 6 – 8 hours or until meat is falling apart. When finished discard the onion and garlic. Drain meat and shred with a fork. Serve warm with tortillas, tomatillo salsa, avocados and cilantro. Recipe Notes Recipe – […]
The key to making this dish “real food” is ensuring that the corn tortillas you use are 100% whole-grain. Reading food labels can be confusing as it is, but trying to figure out what products are truly 100% whole-grain is especially hard. Very few food labels say “whole corn” as the main ingredient so you either have to keep looking or make the tortillas yourself (with Masa Harina and a tortilla press). I’ve searched grocery stores high & low and was able to find one brand of corn tortillas that proudly states they are made with “whole corn.” They are located in the freezer section of Earth Fare next to the other frozen breads products and they are called: Food for Life Sprouted Corn Tortillas. Chicken Enchiladas 4.42 from 24 votes Course: Main Course Cuisine: Mexican Adapted from Rachael Ray on foodnetwork.com. Eat one casserole and freeze the other! Print Ingredients 12 corn tortillas 1 whole chicken, rotisserie, or boiled 1 cup brown rice, cooked 1 cup frozen corn 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 teaspoon chili powder, plus extra 1 1/2 teaspoons 1 teaspoon cumin, ground 3 cups tomato sauce, with no salt added if you can find it 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, grated Optional Toppings / Add-Ons sour cream cilantro avocado guacamole Instructions Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Wrap corn tortillas in foil and warm in the oven while you prepare everything else. Shred cooked chicken using forks. Mix in 3 tablespoons tomato paste, ½ cup grated cheese, rice, frozen corn kernels (no need to defrost them), 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon ground cumin. For the sauce combine 3 cups tomato sauce, cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder and heat […]