Enchilada Pie

This is another recipe from mom’s recipe box.  I’m truly amazed how awareness of food from different countries and cultures has changed over the years.  I almost feel like I need to put quotation marks around any ethnic food we used to make.  This is absolutely nothing like an enchilada.

Greg and I were in Santa Fe a couple of years ago.  I was searching for the perfect Carne Adovada, be still my beating heart, and we hit half a dozen restaurants over the course of our stay.  We read quite a few menus and we never saw Enchilada Pie on any of them, but I did find some good Carne Adovada.  I’m still working on the perfect recipe for me.  I’ll share as soon as I find it.

If you look at the church cookbooks written in Minnesota, you will see lots of ethnic recipes remade into the definitive mid-west casserole.  I’m not going to apologize for my lack of cultural awareness.  This is a good casserole.   Who cares if it’s lost in the 80’s.


2 pounds hamburger

1 can chili with beans

1 onion, chopped

1 teaspoon salt added with meat

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon vinegar

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 17 ounce can tomato sauce

6 tortillas, I use flour

1 cup grated Mexi cheese

Brown the meat and onion.  Add all the remaining ingredients except the tortillas and cheese.  Pour a layer of meat mixture in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Add 3 tortillas and then 1/2 of the cheese.  Repeat.  Cover pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes until hot and bubbly.

*  From the Recipe Box

Needless to say, there is no way you would make this with 1 cup of cheese.  I use about 1 cup per layer.

Back in the ‘80’s, this was considered Mexican food.  We loved it.  Now I want to apologize to all the fabulous Mexican food I’ve eaten since then.  Yes, I’m talking to you Carne Adovada.

I use fewer tortillas, just enough to cover a 9 x 13 inch pan, or else they overlap and get doughy.  I’ve gotten very fond of the 4 inch street tortillas.

and remember:  What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?

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