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Cherishing Dinners : Crock-pot Enchilada Casserole May 29, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Cherishing Dinners, slow cooker recipes.

What would you like to do in your weekend after a hectic work week?
In our house, we have a movie and dinner night.

We get a movie from our public library or pick a movie from HBO and set up the dinner in front of Television. To make it special, I will prepare a recipe from cuisines other than from India. I and DH enjoy our dinner and movie. Though we have dinner together on week nights, we will look forward for this special movie night dinner.

Since my commute to work takes most of my time now-a-days, I have started experimenting recipes with slow cookers or crock pot. This way, we don’t miss our most cherished dinner. The recipe that I tried last week is “Enchilada Casserole”.


9 corn tortillas
½ cup Enchilada Sauce
1/3 cup shredded cheese (your choice)
1 onion (chopped)
1 carrot (chopped)
1 cup chopped spinach
½ cup Masoor dhal (pink lentils)
1 (12 ounce) can Cannellini Beans or White kidney beans
½ cup corn kernels
¼ cup canola oil
½ tsp cumin powder
½ tsp salt


1. Soak masoor dhal for 1 hour in hot water. Drain well and grind coarsely.
2. Drain the Canellini beans, wash and grind coarsely.
3. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a large pan. Add the chopped onion and fry till slightly browned.
4. Add carrot, spinach, corn kernels and sauté for few minutes or until the spinach wilts.
5. Add the ground dhal and beans and start sautéing.
6. Add the remaining oil teaspoon at a time and sauté until the bean mixture scrambles.
7. Add the salt and cumin powder. Mix well and turn off the heat.
8. Line a 5 Quart slow cooker insert with aluminum foil.
9. Place 3 tortillas, spoon 1/3 of the bean mixture, pour 1/3 of the enchilada sauce and sprinkle 1/3 of the cheese.
10. Repeat the layers and finish with cheese.

Enchilada Casserole set

11. Set the slow cooker and cover.
12. Cook in high for 3 hours or until cheese melts.

Enchilada Casserole Done

13. Unwrap the aluminum foil and serve.

Enchilada Casserole Uncovered

This is my entry for the Event, Beautiful Bones , hosted by Food Blogga.




1. Madhavi - May 30, 2008

wow great entry, Enchilada Casserole looks really yummy, and very nice recipe!!!


2. Asha - May 30, 2008

WOW!! Casserole Enchilada! Looks good, very creative!:)

3. Susan from Food Blogga - May 30, 2008

I love the idea of movie-dinner night. It gives you something special to look forward to eat week. And your casserole is the ideal movie food–fun, tasty, and easy to eat (so you don’t miss anything on the screen). Thanks so much for a delicious entry!

4. ranji - May 30, 2008

enchilada casserole looks delicious…good idea to do it in a slowcooker…

5. live2cook - June 4, 2008

Hi Madhavi, Asha,

Thank you for your encouragement.

Hi Susan,

Oh yeah! It really gives some relaxing time and boosts up energy for the whole week ahead.

Hi Ranji,

Yes. It saves time, both cooking and cleaning 🙂

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7. susan - August 14, 2009

Pink lentils. I have one that I cook so I will have to try this. If you can get them, try black beans instead of the canelli or kidney beans.

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