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mexican casserole.

November 4, 2010

hey guys! i am up in the air right now.. flying to san francisco. it is all i can do not to hyperventilate because i am on one of those super tiny planes that barely give you enough room to blink let alone breathe. janetha g=verrrry caustrophobic.

i had a really rushed day today. marshall and i went to a show last night (tim kasher, anyone? he is the singer for cursive and the good life and now has an album out under his own name.. anyone love him? anyone? he is great live.) where was i? that was a long parentheses so i lost track..

oh yeah! we went to a show and got home at 1:30 AM. i was too tired to finish packing, so i ate a huge bowl of cereal and hit the hay. i woke up at 7 this morning to finish up my packing.

next up, i had a two hour seminar at questar gas. it was all about energy efficiency rebates and it was incredibly exciting. let me tell ya.

from the seminar, i went to a business lunch with our reps from the bank. i figured that wasn’t the best time to bust out my camera.. but i had a pulled chicken salad. in case you were curious.

after lunch, i headed to my office and tried to cram 8 hours of work into 2 hours. hmmm.. not sure that went well. there’s always monday for catching up, right? right.

i left from work straight to the airport where i learned my bag was 12 pounds too heavy so i had to fork over and extra $90. what a racket. i don’t even know how heavy it is going to be on the way home after packing up the festival swag! in my defense, i have a boatload of stuff to give my sister as well as my foodbuzz roomies—that should lighten the load a LOT.

anyway, now i am on the plane, and have probably bored you completely to death. my apologies.. but i forgot to bring a book, there is no wi-fi, i already looked at the sky mall mag, so all i can do is ramble.

onto the title of this post!

i actually made this recipe a week ago, but i knew i needed a few things to post while i was out of town.. and i wasn’t on the ball enough to ask for guest posts.


ever since i ate this, though, i have been wanting to make it again.

last friday, i saw elise post a meal she made for her husband. hear that elise? your HUSBAND. elise and i are both newlyweds. i saw her delicious mexican inspired casserole and i knew i had to make it. immediately.

i love mexican. i love casseroles. i am not quite sure why something like this hasn’t happened in my kitchen before last week.

mexican casserole.

adapted from the hungry, hungry hippie.



  • 1 lb ground turkey, chicken or beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1 packet low sodium taco seasoning
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans
  • 2-3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 (11 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup 0% plain greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (4.5 oz) can diced green chiles
  • avocado or guacamole for garnish
  • serve with whole wheat tortillas


in a large, deep skillet, sauté your onion and bell pepper over medium-high heat.


when they start to soften, add your ground turkey (omit if you are vegan/vegetarian.. this would still taste great!).IMG_2055

throw in the taco seasoning. i just put it in alone and ignore the directions on the packet that tell you to add water.


once your meat is cooked through and the onion & pepper are nice and soft, throw in your rice, tomatoes and black beans.


mix well.


next up: enchilada sauce. pour it in and mix well.


time to add your greek yogurt. again, you can omit this or use a vegan version if you don’t do dairy.


if it happens to be the last of your yogurt, go ahead and let your pups lick the container. you know they want to. they’ve been staring at you for 15 minutes.


happy dogs. for the record, i took about 17 more photos of them licking the yogurt container. it was hard to pick only 3, but i did it.

where was i? oh yeah.. mix the yogurt in.


how about some cheese?  yes, please. by the way, if you are vegan, now is the time to use daiya cheese. i have tasted it and i gotta say.. it’s damn good for a faux cheese!


you can add the diced chiles whenever. i threw them in at the end on a whim and they really kicked up the flavor.. i am glad i added them.


pour it all into a 9×13 baking dish and sprinkle with a little more cheese for good measure.


cover with foil, or don’t.. i did, but you don’t have to.. and bake at 350 degrees until warmed through—about a half hour. remove the foil and kick the oven into broil mode for a few minutes at the end to really make that cheese on top nice and bubbly.


heat some tortillas in your already hot oven.. wheat for the girls, white for the guys (we were at kristen & rory’s when we ate this.)IMG_2115

mix up some guacamole.. try not to eat it all before the casserole is ready Winking smile


dish up a portion and devour!IMG_2124IMG_2123IMG_2120

incredible. really, it was. plus it was so easy to make and it is really a versatile dish! i want to try it with red enchilada sauce next time.

oh, and the leftovers were even better. trust me. you should make it.

i would thank elise for the idea in this post, but i would rather thank her in person.. since she is my roomie at the foodbuzz festival this weekend! stoked.

well, i guess i will stop rambling now. i better find something to do for the remainder of the flight.. booooring.

i don’t have anything incredible lined up for while i am in san francisco.. but hopefully i will find some time to pop in and say hi. oh, and momma b may or may not have another travel post up her sleeve.. we’ll see!

hope everyone has a great night, a lovely friday and a fabulous weekend.


1. flying: love it, hate it or somewhere in between? flying makes me claustro. i don’t love it, but i do love that it means i am en route to somewhere fun and new.. so i can handle it!

2. what is your favorite mexican dish? for me, nothing beats a smothered burrito.

xo. janetha g.

51 Comments leave one →
  1. November 4, 2010 7:47 pm

    I’m sort of a baby and don’t really love to fly. My husband travels all the time and I get really nervous when he’s up in the air!
    Have fun! I so wish I was going…

  2. November 4, 2010 7:52 pm

    I am not a fan of flying. AT. ALL. My ears always hurt, and gum and yawning and all that other stuff never helps enough. Not to mention the flying dehydration, and the subsequent… er… stopping up, if you catch my drift, that happens.

    Fave Mexican dish is tough, but I am definitely a fan of burritos the size of my gigantic head. Yum.

    Have a wonderful trip! Can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

  3. November 4, 2010 7:57 pm

    I love cursive! I’ll have to check out his solo stuff, thanks for the heads up :-)

  4. November 4, 2010 8:00 pm

    I make a very similar Mexican casserole and I love it! Awww the doggies are SO cute!

    I’m not going to the food buzz festival but I am only 30 min from SF so I am waving HELLO! :) ENJOY!

  5. November 4, 2010 8:22 pm

    “now is the time to use daiya cheese. i have tasted it and i gotta say.. it’s damn good for a faux cheese!”–

    Funny again, you the non vegan, has tried the vegan cheese, but I, alas, sigh, have not. Crazy but after 5-6 yrs being dairy free/vegan, I dont miss cheese. Ok well maybe if i was at a vineyard in napa this weekend with a wine tasting flight, i may miss cheese…LOL

    I can’t wait to see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I didnt know you and Elise were roomies. Now two of my fave homegirls are under one roof. That will be easy!

    I get in Friday late afternoon and can’t wait to have drinks and hugs and laughs with you!!!!!!


  6. November 4, 2010 8:28 pm

    I hope you have a GREAT time!!! I would have to ramble in your situation too. ;)

  7. actorsdiet permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:34 pm

    mmm that looks terrific! julius never gets to lick from the yogurt container but your dogs look adorable doing it. see ya soon!

  8. meg permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:36 pm

    We love cursive! Have a great weekend & thank you for the recipe!

  9. November 4, 2010 9:07 pm

    look at those crazy eyes when the dogs were getting the yogurt! love it!

    i actually dont mind flying. I fall asleep right when the plane starts.

  10. November 4, 2010 9:46 pm

    Mmmm thanks for this recipe. I seriously have flagged so many of your recipes to try at some point. My husband and I loooove mexican food. This will be great to mix it up!

  11. November 4, 2010 9:49 pm

    Your dinner looks SO good. Going to throw together a pollo bowl of sorts, but this one has quinoa… Guess you can tell Brian is not eating this one?! Wish he could get into the texture.

    I don’t mind flying (I loathe going through security)… Although the last time I flew to SF, last winter… there was a HUGE storm going on up and down the coast here and I went anyway… We hit BAD turbulance on the landing into SFO and I *ALMOST* threw up?!?!?!?! :O I have never ever gotten any where near sick on a plane, but I looked out the window, thinking it would calm my nerves about the turbulance… and the plane was moving, the clouds were moving, and then my head was spinning. NOT GOOD. Soooooooo … that was the last time I flew and not especially looking fwd to the next one.. lol. ;P

    I’m with you J… I LOVEEEE me a smothered burrito! …with chips and salsa! :D

  12. November 4, 2010 9:55 pm

    I don’t know how you fit everything you do in one day. Of course you made my favorite blog list…. I have only been following your every blog move for a year!
    I love flying….
    Your mexican casserole looks amazing especially with your guacamole…I could eat that with a spoon.
    Have so much fun in San Francisco!!!

    If you get a chance you should probably enter my running gear giveaway!!

  13. November 4, 2010 10:08 pm

    I die laughing at the doggie photos- I always love your doggie pics.

    When I was in school, I would get terrible anxiety ON THE WAY home from SF (I went to school at UCSF) and once I even grabbed a stranger’s arm because we hit turbulence. All I wanted was to GET HOME to my family. My dogs. My city, LA. However, on the way back to SF I was cool as a cucumber… I couldn’t care less if the plane went down in a big fiery ball- it would save me from taking my final exams-woot! At some point I got over that and now I love it.

    Mexican- a big fat bean and cheese burrito. Oh yeah.

  14. November 4, 2010 10:13 pm

    I love the pictures of your pups licking the yogurt! SO cute!

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE flying, but I do get bored on longer rides. I can’t sit still very long! My favorite mexican dish is nachos, hands down. I know it’s pretty simple but they are my absolute favorite.

  15. Nicole C. permalink
    November 4, 2010 11:02 pm

    I realized just now that I can say I don’t love to fly but I love it more than driving! I too am claustrophobic and recently have noticed this more every time I am on a flight these days I get nervous. LOVE to travel more than anything in life though!

    Burrito for this girl!! Had a black bean, cheese, salsa, garlic powder burrito on a wheat tortilla tonight actually.

    ENJOY SF!!!

  16. November 5, 2010 3:14 am

    Yum! That looks delicious!

  17. November 5, 2010 3:26 am

    Ugh- those tiny planes are totally the pits. I used to have to take one when I flew to State College, PA for school. What a busy day! Hope you partied it up last night with the ladies. I think its ridiculous how much the airlines require you to pay for bags. LAME! The casserole looks fabulous. And homemade guac is so so good. My favorite Mexican dish is either vegetable fajitas or huevos!

  18. Liz @ Blog is the New Black permalink
    November 5, 2010 4:04 am

    That dish looks insanely delish!

    That SUCKS about your bag and having to pay! Such a pain. I don’t mind flying to get somewhere, it’s always coming home that I hate!

  19. November 5, 2010 4:15 am

    Have a great time at foodbuzz!!! I’ve never been on a plane, and i really don’t intend on that happening anytime soon.

    my favorite mexican dish is from a local place around here; el patio. the dish is called pollo fundido and it’s crazy delicious!!!


  20. November 5, 2010 4:44 am

    have a great time in San Fran! Those pups are gonna miss their mamma! Small planes scare me too. When we lived in Hawaii we used to take them all the time when traveling to each island. Going over the ocean in tiny plane is even scarier! eek!

  21. Maxine permalink
    November 5, 2010 4:50 am

    Thanks for telling us about Tim Kasher’s album; I loved the Good Life back in the day!

  22. November 5, 2010 4:57 am

    I’m really weird and LOVE flying. I love airports, I love the snacks on the plane and I love the rush of catching flights. It’s odd, I know.

    You are going to have such a blast this weekend and I’m only so upset that I can’t be there to share it with you.

    Have fun my love!!!

  23. November 5, 2010 5:56 am

    Nice, I’ve seen the Good Life twice and they were AMAZING. Hopefully Tim wasn’t too drunk for your show, I heard he could get to be an unruly asshole at some of the older Cursive events…

  24. November 5, 2010 6:18 am

    i looooooooooove flying :) don’t worry, you’re in God’s hands!

    that casserole looks just as good here as the first time i saw it on elise’s blog! xo.

    have fun at foodbuzz!

  25. November 5, 2010 7:29 am

    Ugh, I HATE those small planes! I’m totally claustropohbic too. Problem is, ALL the planes from Toronto-Boston are that tiny, so I have to deal with it way too often! :/

    I LOVE burritos. Then again, enchiladas pretty much rock too. I love mexican food!

    Have a GREAT time in SanFran!


  26. Carbzilla permalink
    November 5, 2010 8:09 am

    Only because I’m in a Sustainable Biz program do I actually find energy credits very interesting. I’d rather be eating Mexican food!

  27. November 5, 2010 8:37 am

    That looks good and easy! I love Mexican food, hard for me to pick my top dish.

    I absolutely hate to fly! I had to have one of the smaller 4 seater planes turn around once after being in air for one minute. The smaller planes are the worst! I’m slowly getting better, but for some reason prefer the bigger planes.

  28. November 5, 2010 8:57 am

    Janetha! I think this is my favorite dish you’ve posted! It looks so so so good! That huge pile of guac is so tantalizing! I miss my Avos more than words can say. (I’ll probably eat an avocado like an apple as soon as my competition is over BAHAHA!)

    I used to LOVE flying and actually wanted to be a flight attendant. I interviewed with a few airlines, but didn’t want to move to New Jersey. My husband and I had a long distance (1,200 miles!!!) relationship from the time we met until we got married, so we flew a LOT. I wonder how many miles we logged, but I think I spent more time in an airport than anywhere else that year and a half! HA!

    Funny thing is, in the past few years, I am noticing that I get more and more nervous on flights. Don’t know why.

    Anyway, have an amazing weekend! Safe travels to ya! :)

  29. thedelicateplace permalink
    November 5, 2010 9:04 am

    i love cursive! he is super controversial but thoughtful about it and i LOVE him for that. i love thinking about what he really saying underneath the amazing tune-age. have a great time at FB!! so jealous bc SF is my fave US city!!

  30. November 5, 2010 9:20 am

    HAVE FUN!!!! omg so jealous!

    I love traveling so I have become immune to flying! It really doesn’t bother me, in fact I would much ratehr fly somewhere than drive for 2+ hours!!

    safe travels and have funnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

  31. November 5, 2010 9:33 am

    I LOVE enchiladas and fish tacos (only grilled though).

    I don’t mind flying. Dan and I lived apart for 2.5 years, I had to fly alot. I actually flew for the first time this summer after having not for 2 years! Since he moved back, I hadn’t gone anywhere on a plane.

  32. November 5, 2010 9:48 am

    I think mexican is my most favorite food!! Veggie burritos get me every time. :)

  33. November 5, 2010 10:14 am

    Oh you know I have a favorite Mexican food – it’s mole enchiladas!! Also this casserole looks booombtastic, I’ll have to give it a whirl one day! I LOVE the doggies licking the tub, too cute :)

    Also as someone who had to split their life between 2 cities that are 2,500 miles apart, I definitely got used to flying. I don’t love it due to things like sitting real close to strangers, being trapped in a chair, or having to deal with getting to & from the airport, but I like it a lot more than driving, the bus, or the train!

  34. November 5, 2010 12:14 pm

    The photo of the dogs is hilarious ! They are too cute. I don’t mind flying at all, but now i get creeped out about who sat there before me, and the blankets especially creep me out. Don’t even get me started on the food. Seriously, 90$ since it was overweight? That makes me so mad when they do that to you.

  35. November 5, 2010 1:40 pm

    Love flying when I only have carry ons and no layovers. Layovers are the worstttt.

    And fav mexican is probably fajitas!! make it yourself with all the goodies:)

  36. November 5, 2010 3:10 pm

    The casserole looks delish, and is very close to a staple I made for years when I was a vegetarian…

    Although my favorite mexican dish is probably the LEAST healthy option in the world (and therefore I try not to indulge in it too often because I can’t be trusted around it), I gotta cop to it – definitely NACHOS!

    Have a great trip!

  37. mom permalink
    November 5, 2010 9:08 pm

    I tried to leave a comment from my fancy chamcy phone, wah didn’t work! I said I am jealous and I miss you, I also hope you are having an fantabulous time!!

    My sleeves are looking pretty empty right now….I have to work from 10-4 or so tomorrow, boo hoo AND I actually work from 8-5 today REALLY hard, sold a few lots and got a couple of new listings, wahoo, $$ for Christmas!

    I LOVE to fly, I LOVE the rough ride, the squishy seats, the funky food and even the ever so tiny bathrooms!!

    Mexican, can you say Enchiladas Suizas???!!!xoxo

  38. November 5, 2010 9:27 pm

    LOL, what is it about yogurt?? Link will do ANYTHING to get a lick too.

  39. November 6, 2010 4:42 pm

    Flying depends on who I am sitting next to. LOL.

  40. Allyssa permalink
    November 7, 2010 8:32 pm

    Thank you for this recipe! I made it up until you added enchilada sauce, and yogurt, etc. I don’t do dairy, so I stopped it right there, and my housemates said it was one of the best things I’ve ever made! I’m over the top healthy, and this fit right in to my lifestyle. Thank you!

  41. November 10, 2010 4:25 pm

    That looks really yummy!

  42. November 21, 2010 7:57 am

    YUM, you were not kidding about this recipe from Elise. I totally NEED to try it ~ I am pretty sure I LOVE all Mexican food casseroles.

    Fav pic – the pups with the yogurt on their nose…..

    Ok, here it goes, as you snooze away, I am FINALLY catching up because what else do you do on a Sunday morning at 5 am ;) LOVE you!

  43. Tricia Hampton permalink
    November 29, 2010 8:41 pm

    Love the site!

  44. Lindsay permalink
    January 26, 2011 10:23 am

    I just made this Mexican Casserole last night for the first time and Holy YUM!! It is so amazing, and I actually think the leftovers for lunch today tasted better!! This recipe is definitely a keeper. THANKS!!!!


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