Is it just me that has trouble finding dinners that nobody can find a complaint with? Or dinners that nobody complains about, that are easy also? And affordable? And, and , and…… The more people you add to the table the higher your chances are of not being able to please someone. Maybe I should have thought of this before having five children. I like to feed my family food that they will enjoy. I like to feed company food they will enjoy. Why? Because see, here’s the deal, I am not the parent who makes multiple meals to please picky eaters. You either eat whats on the table or you wait for the next meal. Do I like to see my kids hungry? No, but they were the ones that chose to spite themselves by not eating. I have eaten things that I didn’t care for and I survived. I don’t want to raise the child that goes to someones house and asks for other food because they don’t like what is available. I wasn’t raised that way and neither was Jason. Manners are manners whether they are directed at me or at someone else. So now that I’m stepping off of that soapbox, I will continue with what I originally intended to write!
Where in the world was I taking this? Oh ya, food that pleases everyone. It doesn’t happen often, but every-now-and-then I find a golden recipe. These tortilla shells are on of them. Super easy to make, better than store-bought and they have unanimous approval from the small fries. Also, super cheap! Right around a dollar’s worth of ingredients to make 15! Win/win!
The enchilada recipe is from my mom and growing up I can’t remember any of us ever saying that we didn’t like it. The same goes with my kids. And every single person I have served it to. So with that much going for these two, I figured I would share and hopefully make somebodies dinner preparations a little easier. Oh and obviously store-bought tortillas can be used in place of the homemade but I do encourage you to try them. Seriously super easy!
I have also figured out the carb count for any diabetics out there.
Tortillas 356 carbs total or 24 carbs each if you make 15 with this recipe
4 cups flour 2 Tbs. lard
1 tsp. salt 1 1/2 cups water
2 tsp. baking powder
First you are going to whisk the flour, salt and baking powder together.
Next you are going to mix the lard in with your fingers until the mixture is crumbly. Like so…
Now add the water and mix until the dough comes together.
Place on a lightly floured counter and knead until smooth and elastic, about 3 minutes.
You are now going to rip pieces off of the dough ball and roll them into smaller dough balls about the size of your palm.
Flatten them out slightly with your hand,
then roll them out to your desired thickness.
Note: unless you are amazingly talented, these will not look like the ones in the store. Mine are always the most interesting shapes! You can buy a tortilla press, but I don’t like to have something that takes up precious kitchen space and only has one purpose. Besides, no matter the shape, these still taste amazing!
Now once they are rolled out, you are going to place them, one-by-one into a very hot skillet. I use my cast iron skillet because it heats so nicely but whatever you have will be fine. This part doesn’t take long, several seconds on each side. Just until they are starting to brown.
Flip them over and repeat.
I usually double the recipe and freeze half of them for future use. If I don’t freeze them immediately though the kids eat them before I realize what they are doing!
Crock-Pot Enchiladas 290 carbs total or 36 carbs if cut into 8 servings
1 lb. hamburger
1 can each: pinto beans, black beans, and kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can green chilies
chili powder and cumin
cheddar and Monterey or mozzarella
Start by browning your hamburger.Then add the rest of the ingredients except the cheese. Simmer for a bit to combine the flavors.
Now place a layer of the filling in the bottom of your crock-pot.
Place a tortilla on top then cover with cheese.
Repeat the layers until you are out of your meat/bean mixture.Place the lid on and turn your crock-pot on low for two hours-ish or if you don’t have that much time, high for half an hour or until all the cheese on top is melted.
Slice like you would a pie, serve and enjoy! Let me know what you think!