Burrito Pie

Burrito Pie

What do you do if there are only three tortillas, and you’re supposed to make burritos for dinner for a family?  Do you run to the store?  Absolutely not.  When we run to the store for one item, we end up buying extras, and that can hurt your grocery budget.  Instead, you whip up a simple and delicious Burrito Pie.  This recipe is a creative and tasty way to serve a family of five a filling meal with only three burrito sized tortillas.    Burrito Pie is a winning weeknight dinner.

Berta's Tuna Casserole

Berta’s Tuna Casserole

Berta’s Tuna casserole is made with simple ingredients that are assembled and baked.  This recipe is courtesy of my ninety year old friend, Berta.  She promised me that it had always been a favorite of her family, but I admit to being skeptical about her recommendation.  Prior to making this recipe, I had never eaten a tuna casserole.  As it turns out, my skepticism was unwarranted.  My family loved this.  Even Sue Chef deemed it “good” and had a second helping.

Green Chili Enchi-sagna

Green Chili Enchi-sagna

What do you do get when you arrange your tortillas, filling, and green enchilada sauce  in layers instead of rolling them up?  It’s something that I call delicious.  We also call it Enchi-sagna.  Enchi-sagna is Patty Cake’s short hand for Enchilada Lasagna.  The best reason for making our Green Chili Enchi-sagna  this way is that it takes much less time that rolling enchiladas and placing them into a pan.  That helps get dinner on the table faster on those busy evenings, and since you don’t have to roll them up, it doesn’t matter if your tortillas are a little bit […]

cheese atop a chili filled baked potato

Chili Topped Potato

This post is really not a recipe.  It’s not even an original idea.  I just wanted to share one of the other ways that we make use of leftovers.  Chili is one of those things that is great for leftovers.  There are so many ways that leftover chili can be used, so when I make a pot of chili, I always plan to make a double batch.  That way, I can freeze some for later use in meal sized containers on busy nights.  It’s as convenient as canned chili, but it’s healthier and usually less expensive ounce per ounce. I’ve […]

chili mac topped with shredded cheese and ready to eat

Chili Mac

What can you do with leftover chili?  There are many possible answers to that question, but a hearty and delicious option is to turn it into Chili Mac.  This recipe requires only three ingredients–chili, pasta, and shredded cheese.   There are canned version of chili mac available, but there’s no substitute for the homemade version, and it’s not difficult to make at all. All you need to do is heat up some leftover chili while you cook a pound of pasta.  For this dish, I generally use large elbow noodles, but I have been known to use penne or rotini in […]

Southwestern crescent squares out of the oven

Southwestern Crescent Squares

I made this for dinner and had the hardest time coming up with a name for it.  I wanted to call it a pot pie, but in my opinion, a pot pie should have gravy.  There’s no gravy in this recipe.  I considered calling it a pasty, but pasties are supposed to be little half round things that are crimped shut.  It’s sort of a giant hot pocket, but pan pocket sounded too weird, so I opted for Crescent Squares because it has a crescent roll crust and is cut into squares for serving. This recipe is very easy to […]

The burrito pie is cut for serving

Breakfast Burrito Pie

Before I begin with this recipe, let me tell you that I made it with the wrong sized tortillas.  I was certain that I had some 8-9″ flour tortillas, but I only had the really big ones that are made for burritos. This recipe looks much better, from a presentation stand point,  when it’s fresh from the oven and made with the smaller tortillas. It’s a little too crispy around the edges with these oversized tortillas folded over the top.  The leftovers were perfect, though.  Reheating in the microwave produced a moist tortilla on top instead of the crunchy one […]