I found the recipe, here, and originally wanted to do it in the crock pot like you are supposed to according to the recipe. The problem with that, I realized this morning, is that it would have been done around 12-1pm (we leave for work at 7am)! The recipe says that it only takes 4-7 hours on low and since our crock pot doesn't have an automatic warm setting that would not have been good!
I noticed that one person who commented on the original recipe put it in the oven so that is what I decided to do! I still made the ground turkey mixture the night before because I had planned on doing it in the crock pot and at 6am I changed my mind. I guess I do my best thinking in the early hours of the day.
Oh and you should all be proud because with the exception of cutting and serving it at the end, I did this entire recipe by myself! For those who know me really well that does not happen often, if ever!
1 pound ground turkey
1 8 oz bag diced peppers and onions
1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
1 15 oz can organic chili beans (pinto, kidney, black), drained
1/3 cup water
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 cups Mexican blend cheese, shredded
6 soft tortillas (6 inch)
I combined the ground turkey, peppers and onions in the skillet and cooked them until the ground turkey browned and the vegetables were cooked through. Then I added the next 6 ingredients (everything except the cheese and tortillas) in the skillet and brought it to a boil.
Once to a boil, I reduced the heat, covered and simmered everything for about 10 minutes. Once everything was done I put the mixture in two containers and put it in the refrigerator. You can definitely make your mixture the same day that you make the recipe if you prefer.
It made a lot more than I thought it would!
Ready to put in the refrigerator
After our run tonight (our first trail run which was really fun!), I layered everything in a glass baking dish. The layer order: turkey mixture, tortilla, cheese. I just estimated how much of the mixture and cheese to put on each layer but the original recipe has more exact measurements if you prefer that method!
There was a little bit of mixture left so I just put it around the stack and then put it in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Well, that's sort of a lie, it was supposed to be in there for 45 minutes and then I checked it with about 10 minutes left and the top cheese was a little crispy. We never learn and should always put cheese on top of things that are uncovered the last 10 to 15 minutes. Since I had taken it out a little early the middle layers of the stack were colder but after 1 minute in the microwave everything was
Mike managed to cut it and put it on the plates in one piece!
We really liked this dinner. It was a nice way to be able to use up the organic beans I had left from the Clean Food Challenge, I think almost everything that I bought for that is used up now.
In the future I would just put the last layer of cheese on top during the last few minutes in the oven. I probably wouldn't even do this in the crock pot unless we buy one that has a range of settings including an automatic warm setting.
Ali and Lyndsey you would be happy to know that I have been carbo-loading A LOT this week!
For those of you who don't know Ali and Lyndsey are my teammates for the Around the Bay 30K Relay this Sunday. Mike and I will be traveling to Canada (after cycling 8 miles) tomorrow and I'm ready for the hug Ali has threatened me with! Plus, I will have a treat for her! Although, I already warned her it isn't anything that she should get too excited about.
Anyone have any fun plans this weekend? Meeting anyone you have never "met" before?