This California-style cheesy enchilada casserole can be made ahead of time and frozen as individual portions, if desired. Photo by: familyfeatures.com
October 21, 2020 10:48:05 AM
As families across the country transition back into more normal routines this fall with work, school -- whether virtual or in-person -- and calendars jam-packed with commitments, it's important to find ways to save precious time and squeeze in more moments with loved ones.
While getting nutritious, delicious and affordable meals on the table to help fuel those busy days is crucial, there are ways to cut down the amount of time spent in the kitchen each day. Setting aside a couple hours each week to meal prep can make it easier to serve lunch and dinner on a tight schedule and budget. For example, this California-Style Cheesy Enchilada Casserole can be made in batches ahead of time then frozen as individual portions and reheated when hunger strikes while working or learning from home.
Using prepared enchilada sauce, roasted chicken and a Hispanic-style cheese blend made with 100% Real California Milk from California dairy farm families, plus a traditional blend of vegetables and spices, you can feel good about serving your family members a flavorful, nutritional and budget-friendly meal each time they reach for another helping.
Find additional busy season recipe inspiration, nutritional information and more at RealCaliforniaMilk.com.
CALIFORNIA-STYLE CHEESY ENCHILADA CASSEROLE
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Real California half-and-half, milk or evaporated milk
1/2 cup Real California sour cream
1 1/2-2 cups prepared enchilada sauce, divided
12 corn tortillas, divided
1 cup roasted skinless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
2 teaspoons enchilada seasoning
4 cups shredded Real California Mexican cheese blend, divided, or 1 cup each shredded Real California Oaxaca, Cheddar, Jalapeno Jack and crumbled Cotija cheeses
1 cup canned pinto beans, drained well
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/3 cup canned kernel corn, well drained
1/3 cup sliced black olives, well drained
1/3 cup mild green chiles, well drained
2 tablespoons of cilantro, minced
2 green onions, sliced
Lime wedges, for serving
Sour cream, for serving