2/11/10

8 Shredded Beef Enchiladas

As I was looking through my food storage, I noticed something was terribly lacking.
I had plenty of fruits, veggies, grains, and baking supplies.  Protein?  Meat?  Hmmmmm.
I see peanut butter and tuna fish.  Did you know that tuna fish has a shelf life of only 2 years?  Yikes.  I was in trouble...

Sadly, we are not a bean-loving family.  I couldn't imagine, in an emergency, living off of peanut butter and tuna fish.  Ughhhhh.


I saw this at Costco and decided to give it a try.  To see if my family even liked it.
My motto has always been...."Store what you eat.....Eat what you store."

Upon opening the can, I was pleasantly surprised to see whole chunks of beef, very little fat, and some broth.

I found a small can of diced green chiles and decided to try my hand at making beef enchiladas.
I threw 2 cans of beef, drained along with 1 can of the chiles.  I added dark chili powder...
garlic powder,
and a little bit of my Homemade Enchilada Sauce.  You can see how easily this beef shredded.
Stirred everything well and heated it till warmed throughout.

I poured a thin layer of enchilada sauce into a 9x9 pan

and warmed up my flour tortillas by putting them on a plate, covered with plastic wrap, microwaved for about a minute.

I put a generous portion of the meat onto the bottom half of the flour tortilla

and rolled it tightly.

I put the rolled enchilada seam side down, into the enchilada sauce.
I repeated the process until I had 6 large enchiladas filling the pan.  I covered the enchiladas with the remaining Enchilada Sauce.
You want to make sure the sauce covers every little bit of flour tortilla, to keep it nice and soft.
Cover with your favorite cheese.  In my case, it is mozzarella.
I baked it for about 20-25 minutes, until the cheese was slightly browned and bubbly.
These were a generous size.  My boys ate about 1 1/2 of these...
The verdict?  A very tasty, beefy enchilada.  I thought they were good, although they were a wee bit on the salty side.  I think I will rinse and drain the beef the next time.  
I'm more of a chicken enchilada gal, but I'll happily serve these to my beef-lovin' men!
Shredded Beef Enchiladas  (4x6 printable recipe)  (full page recipe)




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