Chiles Rellenos Casserole….the easy way

Here’s an oldy but a very goody…and an easy week night to make – and one you can custom to your heat level and taste level.  I will be making this one soon and lightening it up by using ground turkey (hope hubby doesn’t mind) and using the light cheeses.

Make some and see how you like it.  If you do not need a 9 x 13 dish of this, cut the recipe in half and make in a casserole dish.  a very versatile recipe.  Did I mention it was good????

Chiles Rellenos Casserole

(following makes a 9×13 pan – cut in half if you don’t need this size – I will be cutting my recipe in half for us)

4 cans chopped green chiles (found in the Mexican section)

1 8-oz. block Colby cheese, shredded

1 8-oz block Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

2 lbs ground beef (like I said, Ii will be using ground turkey for ours)

1 onion, chopped

2 cups milk (I will use skim milk which will work fine)

8 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp salt (or to taste)

1/2 tsp pepper (or to taste)

1  Tbsp chili powder

1 1/2  tsp  cumin (if you cut in half I would use 1 tsp – I like cumin)

1/4 to 1/2 tsp ground red pepper (or to taste – depending on heat level you like)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 x 13 inch pan with cooking spray (or if you are cutting the recipe in half, spray a casserole dish or at 9×9 pan).    Drain the green chiles and spread on bottom of pan.   Layer shredded cheeses on top of chiles.  Brown ground beef (or turkey) and onion in skillet.  (I like to sprinkle a little chili powder and cumin and salt and pepper on my meat to give it a little Mexican flavor while browning – I don’t measure – I just add a little)  Drain and spoon on top of cheeses. 

In a mixing bowl, mix flour and milk until smooth.  Add eggs, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and ground red pepper and mix well until smooth.  Pour over beef mixture.   Bake,uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  

To serve, I like to chop some green onions, a side of sour cream to dollop on top, and some fresh cilantro to sprinkle on top.   

A good, easy week night casserole…serve with some tostito chips and salsa and you have a great supper!

Have a great weekend!

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