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Bring Your Own Lunch Recipe: Enchilada Casserole #BYOL

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By Fausto Mendez

    Every week, we suggest a fascinating, unique and delicious dish that is easy to reheat at your office lunchroom. This week’s recipe: Cheesy Enchilada Casserole.

    We stumbled upon this enchilada casserole last week, and we instantly knew that it was the perfect dish to launch our #BYOL (bring your own lunch) series. Thanks to Six Sister Stuff for the original recipe. 

Step 0 - Gather Your Ingredients

+ 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) 
+ 1 large onion, chopped or season with Onion powder or minced onion 
+ 2 1/2 cups salsa 
+ 1 can (15 ounces) black beans or red kidney beans, rinsed and drained 
+ 1/4 cup reduced-fat Italian salad dressing 
+ 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium taco seasoning 
+ 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 
+ 6 flour tortillas (8 inches) 
+ 1 small can of drained corn, or about 1 1/4 cups of frozen corn (optional) 
+ 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream *Note: I used 1/2 cup 
+ 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend 
+ 1 cup shredded lettuce 
+ 1 medium tomato, chopped
+ 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro  

Step 1 - Cook the Beef

+ Cook the beef and onion over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain the pan when its done.

+ Stir in the salsa, beans, dressing, sour cream, corn, taco seasoning and cumin.

Step 2 - Lay it Out

+ In a two-quart baking dish, spread some of the meat mixture to the bottom. Sprinkle the mixture with cheese. Place corn tortillas over the mixture. Repeat as necessary.

+ The top layer should be tortillas under a fat stack of cheese, but you can do whatever you want. The sky is the limit.

Step 3 - Get Baked

+ Spray some cooking spray onto some foil, and use that foil to cover the casserole. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

+ Pull it out. Let it stand for five minutes, and top it off with fresh tomato, cilantro and lettuce. 

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