Stacked Enchiladas

From the cheese to the chicken, from the sauce to the onions, stacked enchiladas bring a taste of the border to the table on any busy weeknight. Found at The Happy HousewifeBy contributing writer Beth

Stacked enchiladas have layers upon layers of Tex-Mex goodness with yummy tortillas dividing those layers. There’s no doubting the comfort and delicious vibes that come from enjoying these. We use a mild green enchilada sauce. It adds a mellow flavor that still brings “south of the border” flair.

This is an easy dish to make to provide a filling meal for your family. Even a culinary newbie can throw together the short list of ingredients to offer up a meal fit for kids and grown-ups alike. And your kids will love to help make this recipe and slather it with toppings.

From the cheese to the chicken, from the sauce to the onions, stacked enchiladas bring a taste of the border to the table on any busy weeknight.

Stacked Enchiladas
Serves: 6
 
These ingredients are easy to find and easy to throw together in delicious, cheesy layers!
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound chicken, cut into cubes (we use breasts, but thighs would be delicious too)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 1 (10-ounce) can enchilada sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a small skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add in the chicken, garlic, onion, and bell peppers. Cook until chicken is done and no longer pink.
  3. In the baking dish, place one spoonful of enchilada sauce and spread around. Top this with a tortilla. Then spoon some of the chicken over the tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Repeat the tortilla, sauce, chicken, and cheese layers until you get to the top tortilla. On top you’ll use sauce and cheese.
  5. Place in the oven and bake until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve warm with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.

From the cheese to the chicken, from the sauce to the onions, stacked enchiladas bring a taste of the border to the table on any busy weeknight. Found at The Happy Housewife

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Bean Burritos

Easy Bean Burritos at The Happy Housewife

I made this dish as part of my use up all food in the house menu plan. I have to say it was a huge hit! After eating it, I told my husband I didn’t even think we could go out for Mexican again! This meal was so delicious and so cheap!

Bean Burritos
Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • Homemade or Canned Refried Beans
  • Shredded Cheese (I used a combination of colby jack and asiago, I really think the asiago made all the difference)
  • Diced onions
  • Salsa
  • Enchilada Sauce
  • Tortillas
Instructions
  1. Spread beans on a tortilla and add diced onions.
  2. Add salsa and enchilada sauce.
  3. Sprinkle on cheese.
  4. Roll up and place in a greased pan.
  5. Pour remaining enchilada sauce on the top of the burritos and sprinkle with cheese. Or, if you are me, cover with cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

homemade refried beans

I use homemade refried beans (so easy!) and homemade tortillas when I’m in the mood to spend a little extra time in the kitchen. When I need a quick meal I’ll use ready made products (or pull the homemade items from my freezer and they are still so good!

You’ll never go out for Mexican again!

 

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Butternut Squash Soup

 

Butternut Squash Soup

My first two recipes are soups. Soups are so cheap to make, can be made ahead of time and either frozen or stored in the fridge for several days, and warm you up on those cool fall evenings. I almost always serve my homemade soups with a loaf of fresh whole wheat bread. It costs under a dollar to make and really fills everyone up.

This soup uses fall produce to save even more money. Many people have squash growing in their gardens and the store shelves are starting to fill up with many varieties of squash. Apples are also getting cheaper which makes this soup perfect for fall!

Butternut Squash Soup
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 large apple, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ⅓ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cup chicken broth
Instructions
  1. Steam the squash and apple until soft.
  2. While the squash is steaming, saute the onion and garlic in butter until the onion is clear.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend for 3 or 4 minutes, or until the mixture thickens.
  4. Add the squash, apple, and onion to the blender.
  5. Blend until smooth, less than one minute. Serve immediately.

This soup was made in a Vitamix. It was absolutely delicious and healthy too! Don’t have a Vitamix? As long as the squash and apples are really soft, any blender should work. You can also use a food processor or cook on the stovetop and mash the apples and squash with a potato masher.

Cost Breakdown

  • Squash $1.40
  • Apple $0.35
  • Onion $0.20
  • Garlic $0.05
  • Butter $0.05
  • Thyme/ Salt $0.05
  • Flour $0.25
  • Broth Free (leftover from crock pot chicken)

Total Cost $2.35 plus $1 for a loaf of bread. Serves four.

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Grilled Pizza

Grilling pizza is my favorite way to make pizza! It tastes just like coal fired pizza even on a gas grill. There are some secrets to making perfect grilled pizza so make sure you read my tips before attempting it yourself.
Grilling pizza is my favorite way to make pizza! It tastes just like coal fired pizza even on a gas grill. There are some secrets to making perfect grilled pizza so make sure you read my tips before attempting it yourself.

Years ago, when I burned our dinner to a crisp on the grill, part of the problem was lack of good instructions. I hope this post will help anyone who is willing to attempt pizza on the grill.

Grilled Pizza Crust
 
This is a no rise recipe, which I think contributed to my success. Thin crust pizza is made to be grilled.
Ingredients
  • 1 packet (or 1 Tablespoon) yeast
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons refined sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Allow yeast to proof in warm water for about 5 minutes. Mix in the rest of the ingredients adding the flour last. Knead for about 5 minutes.
  2. Turn grill on high.
  3. Roll the dough out on a floured surface.
  4. Turn your grill down to a medium heat. Brush pizza dough with olive oil and lay on grill. Close the lid. Grill for about 3 minutes.
  5. When the first side is finished, brush the top side with olive oil and flip.
  6. Cook for another 3 minutes. Remove pizza from the grill. Top with your favorite toppings.
  7. Turn the grill on low and place back on the grill until the toppings have melted.
  8. Remove from the grill, cut and serve.

Rolling the Dough

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #1:

Make smaller pizzas. This recipe made 6 small pizzas. Large pizzas are very difficult to flip on the grill.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #2:

Stand next to the grill, as soon as the pizza smells done, it is time to flip.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

 

Grilled Pizza at The Happy HousewifeThis pizza is way to big. It was before I figured out the smaller is better tip.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #3:

Don’t overload your pizza. Too many toppings will cause your pizza to “sink” into the grates of the grill.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

If you LOVE toppings consider adding them at the very end of the grilling process and let them heat up during the last 2 minutes of grilling.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy HousewifeGrilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #4:

Stand by the grill while you are grilling the pizza. The pizza cooks very quickly. If you get distracted for a few minutes your pizza will probably burn.

Grilled Pizza at The Happy Housewife

Grilled Pizza Tip #5:

Enjoy your pizza outside. Less mess and no sweeping up after dinner.

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