I'm going to take you through all of the steps and you can add in the tortillas if you have them, but it's still sooo good without them!
I started out by cooking my brown rice. I decided to make double the recipe so we could use this in lunches later on in the week. It's wonderful stuffed in a whole wheat tortilla and grilled like a quesadilla.
I made 6 cups of cooked brown rice.
Then I browned one pound of ground turkey meat.
My family loves Mexican food and I made enchilada sauce earlier in the week.
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp wheat flour
1/4 cup red chili powder
2 cups homemade chicken stock
1 small pureed tomato
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the flour and chili powder, whisk for a couple of minutes. Stir in the chicken stock, tomato puree, oregano, and cumin. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes 2 1/2 cups.
I poured it over my rice.
After my turkey was browned, I added two cups of corn and two cups of black beans.
You can also add some diced onion, but I didn't have any.
I dumped the mixture into my rice and stirred everything together.
If you are using whole wheat tortillas, add enchilada sauce to the bottom of your dish. Then add a layer of tortillas. Top with mixture. If I had tortillas, I would have sliced two or three into strips, browned them in the oven with some olive oil brushed on and heated them until they were crispy. They would be perfect on top of this dish.
I topped with cheese (Watch your ingredients on some cheeses. I use Amish made and they don't have all of the preservatives in them.) and baked my casserole for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven.
My husband ate two large plates full, Caleb had one and a half toddler plates, and my stepchildren ate heaping portions of it. Literally inhaled the entire first dish (I made enough for two large casserole dishes).
Can you tell it's "clean"?
Nope, not one little bit.
The enchilada sauce takes a little time to make, but it's worth the extra effort.
I used dried beans, plain frozen corn, and brown rice. Just throw it all together and I promise it's worth every bit of effort you put into it!
If you like extra cheese, add it. Just tweak it to whatever your family likes the most.