Spring inspires me to get in the cupboards and use up alot of the accumulated cans of things that were so important to get for a recipe that just somehow never materialized. When Psychgrad put up a Mexican style dish it reminded me of how much I've come to love Mexican flavours. I have to admit I honestly don't know but when I think of Mexican food the ingredients that come to mind are beans, chili peppers, tomatoes, and cilantro. I had some ground chicken and turkey in the house so I just started to layer and the end result was amazing. You don't need a recipe to create something fantastic; a good pallet helps and some imagination and you're good to go.
1 lb (450 g) ground chicken
1 lb (450 g) ground turkey
1/2 large onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 14 oz can black beans
1 14 oz can kidney beans
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 7 oz tin tomato paste
1 Tbsp chili flakes
2 Tbp taco seasoning
2 Tbsp dried cilantro (you could use fresh)
12 oz mix of pepper jack, mozarella and cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp olive oil
1. In a large saucepan on medium heat, fry onions and red pepper in olive oil until soft (3 minutes). Add garlic and mix well.
2. Add ground chicken and turkey and cook until no longer pink.
3. Continue to layer each of the ingredients (i.e. add slowly) combining the flavours as you go up to and including the dried cilantro. Simmer for 10 minutes. Check seasonings - add more heat or taco seasoning to your taste.
4. Put a layer of taco chips on the bottom of a large (11x14) oven dish and top with the casserole mixture. Top with a layer of taco chips and finish with the cheese.
5. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Note: This recipe is enough for 6-8 hungry people. You can easily cut it in half and add or delete ingredients as you wish. Use jalapeno peppers if you have them and if you want more heat, leave the seeds in the peppers.