Ground Turkey, Italian Sausage Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage mild, casings removed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained
  • (14 oz) cans diced tomatoes, NOT drained
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 
  • 1 cup of frozen chopped onion (rinsed under hot water to thaw)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  1. Cook ground turkey and sausage until evenly browned and then pour off the fat.
  2. Dump canned beans into a strainer and rinse, then pour them into your crock pot.  Add diced tomatoes with their juice, tomato sauce and the beef broth to crock pot. Add in the cooked ground turkey and cooked sausage and stir it all together.  Add all the spices: chili powder, garlic, oregano, cumin, basil, salt, pepper, and paprika and Worcestershire sauce and stir it all into the meat and beans mixture.  I was a little worried that there wasn’t enough liquid with the meat, but my crock pot was full.  Cooked on low for six hours and it turned out great.  I topped it with shredded cheese and sour cream.
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Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

This takes about 3 hours so it’s perfect for cooking while you are at church and want a hot meal when you come home.

Ingredients:

  • Place 3 thawed chicken breasts on the bottom of your greased crock pot.
  • Sprinkle a teaspoon of chicken bouillon over chicken.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • 1/2 cup Instant Rice

Mix together:

  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 4-oz can chopped green chilies
  • 1-2 cups grated Monterrey Jack cheese

Add mixture to the top of the chicken and cook on high for 3 hours or until chicken is cooked.  Shred chicken and then add 1 cup instant rice to the crock pot.  Cover and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until rice is done.  Serve in enchilada shells.

Chicken and Black Beans Enchiladas

Chicken and Black Beans Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups diced chicken breast meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green chile peppers, drained
  • 1 (10 ounce) can red enchilada sauce
  • 8 (6 inch) corn tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream

 Directions

  1.   Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2.    Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Saute chicken with cumin and coriander until chicken is cooked through. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in the cilantro, black beans, and green chile peppers.
  3.    Spread half of the enchilada sauce over the bottom of an 11×7 inch baking dish. Place 4 tortillas over the sauce, overlapping if necessary. Spoon half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas, and sprinkle with half of the cheese and half of the sour cream. Spoon the remaining enchilada sauce over the cheese, and make another layer of tortillas. Layer the remaining chicken mixture over the tortillas. Cover dish with a lid or aluminum foil.
  4.     Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the cover, and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and dot with sour cream. Continue cooking, uncovered, for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese melts. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Cheddar Jack Enchiladas

Cheddar Jack Enchiladas

  •  4 chicken breasts
  • 2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1 small can sliced olives
  • ½ lb Cheddar cheese
  • ½ lb Jack cheese
  • A small can diced green chiles
  • 1 pkg flour tortillas – 10-12 count
  • Milk

Directions:

Cook chicken breasts, cool enough to handle and chop in pieces.  (You also could use leftover turkey or chicken, or a rotisserie chicken pulled off the bones and cut in pieces.)  Combine 1 can soup, ½ of the sour cream, ½ a soup can of milk, green chiles, olives, a handful of the combined cheeses, and chicken.  Fill tortillas, roll and place in PAM sprayed baking dish.  Mix 2nd can of soup, rest of sour cream, ½ a soup can of milk, and half of remaining cheese.  Spoon over rolled tortillas, sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.  If you want the enchiladas soft, cover while baking.

This freezes well.  Just prepare and don’t bake.  Double wrap top with Saran wrap first and then foil second.  Thaw and bake 30-40 minutes until hot and bubbly.  Take out of freezer around noon to bake that night.

Monterey Jack Chicken Enchiladas

Monterey Jack Chicken Enchiladas

  • 10 soft taco shells
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
  1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9×13 pan
    2. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Roll up in tortillas and place in pan.
    3. In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir in flour and cook 1 minute.  Add broth and whisk until smooth.  Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.
    4. Stir in sour cream and chilies but do not allow mixture to boil.
    5. Pour over enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.
    6. Bake 22 min and then under high broil for 3 min to brown the cheese.

Crockpot Beef Enchiladas

Crockpot Beef Enchilada Filling

This is a very easy enchilada filling and it tastes great.  It took about 15 minutes to put together.  You can leave it cooking for three hours on high while in church and have it when you return.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen or canned
  • 1 cup salsa (I used Tostitos Chunky Salsa as I had it on hand)
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained (I used Ortega because that’s what I had on hand)
  • 1.2 dry package of taco seasoning (I used Ortega because that’s what I had)
  • 1 (19-ounce) can enchilada sauce (I like old El Paso), half set aside
  • 4 9-inch flour tortillas (I used La Banderita Home Style Flour because it’s what I had)
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 avocado, diced, for serving
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced, for serving
  • chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • sour cream

** Using a 19-oz can of enchilada sauce leaves enough left over to pour over the bottom of your baking dish before placing tortilla on top and enough to drizzle over the top of the enchiladas.

 Instructions

  • In a large pot, brown ground beef and drain any excess fat.  Remove from heat.  Add to crockpot.
  • Add to crockpot: drained black beans, corn.
  • Add salsa, green chiles, taco seasoning and enchilada sauce, reserving about 1/2 cup.
  • Cook on high heat for about 3 hours.
  • When ready, you can serve it up in enchilada shells or taco shells.
  • Topping ideas: sour cream, chopped avocado, tomatoes, grated cheese, chopped cilantro, etc.

Two Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole I

Ingredients:

  • 1 (16 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar salsa
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 (8 ounce) can chili beans, drained
  • 6 (12 inch) flour tortillas, cut into strips
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cooked and shredded
  • 4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a large bowl, mix sour cream, salsa, cream of chicken soup, onion and chili beans.

Layer the bottom of a 9×13 inch baking dish with 1/3 tortilla strips. Top with 1/3 chicken, 1/3 sour cream mixture and 1/3 Cheddar cheese. Repeat layering with remaining ingredients.

Bake in the preheated oven 20 to 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbly. Let stand about 10 minutes.

 

Layered Chicken Enchilada Casserole II

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 9 10-inch white flour tortillas
  • 1 28-oz can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 4-oz can roasted diced green chiles
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 8-oz container sour cream
  • Cilantro

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 8×11″ baking dish.
  2. Pour ¼ of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. Rip up 3 tortillas and cover the enchilada sauce layer. Top with half the chicken, ⅔ cup of cheese, ½ cup sour cream, and another fourth of the enchilada sauce. Repeat.
  4. Top the last layer of tortillas with the last of the enchilada sauce and the last ⅔ cup of cheese.
  5. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.

Serve it with chopped up cilantro.

Cafe Rio Chicken

I got this recipe from http://mandysrecipeboxblog.com/cafe-rio-chicken/

Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 8 oz. zesty Italian dressing
  • ½ Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 packet Ranch Dressing Mix (mixed with ½ cup of water)
  • ½ Tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ Tablespoon ground cumin
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on LOW for about 5 hours or until chicken is done.
  2. Shred with fork and serve in salads, burritos, whatever you like.

Cranberry Chicken

Cranberry Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 package dry onion soup mix
  • 1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup French dressing or Russian dressing

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a glass baking dish.
  2. Stir the onion soup mix, cranberry sauce, and French dressing together in a bowl until well blended. Pour over the chicken breasts. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Remove the plastic wrap from the baking dish, and cover the baking dish with  aluminum foil.
  5. Bake chicken in preheated oven until top is bubbly and slightly browned, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

You can freeze it for later.  Put all the ingredients in a gallon freezer Ziploc bag.  Close it and then mash all the ingredients with your hand to mix it.  Thaw in fridge and then dump the contents into your crock pot and cook 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.

 

Crusty Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe source: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/04/dining/arts/the-winter-cook-macaroni-and-lots-of-cheese.html

Crusty Macaroni and Cheese

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 12 ounces extra-sharp cheddar cheese, coarsely grated
  • 12 ounces American cheese or cheddar cheese,  coarsely grated
  • 1 pound elbow pasta, boiled in salted water until just tender, drained, and rinsed under cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne (optional)
  • Salt
  • 2/3 cup whole milk

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use one tablespoon butter to thickly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Combine grated cheeses and set aside two heaping cups for topping.

2. In a large bowl, toss together the pasta, cheeses, cayenne (if using) and salt to taste. Place in prepared pan and evenly pour milk over surface. Sprinkle reserved cheese on top, dot with remaining butter and bake, uncovered, 45 minutes. Raise heat to 400 degrees and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, until crusty on top and bottom.

Yield: 8 to 12 servings.