Bryan and I don’t often go out of town. You might not guess because I’ve posted already this month about travelling to Northern Ontario. This time, the destination was much closer: Toronto. Bryan’s sister is currently living in Toronto and his step-father came for a visit, so we took the opportunity to finally visit. And we hope to visit his sister M again soon!!
We spent most of our day at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
This is not my usual sort of activity. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about it as well. I brought a book with me just in case I was bored. Fortunately, that was not the case. I had such a great time with Bryan and his family. They’re a lot of fun to be around!
However, I think my favourite part of the day was dinner. We went back to M and C’s place in Toronto where Bryan’s step-father taught us how to make his Red Chile and Enchilada Casserole. We all pitched in one way or another (despite the kitchen being a bit on the small side). The “kids” made guacamole while the “parent” worked on the Red Chile and Enchilada Casserole. He went through the recipe with us step-by-step, explaining what he was doing and allowing for the occasional photo-op along the way.
There was enough left over that we got to bring some of the red chile home. I’ve since made another enchilada casserole. I’m so glad we documented the process… now we can make our own red chile sauce at home!
Bryan’s step-father’s recipe, posted with permission
- 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef – approximate cost $6.50
- 3 heaping + 1 level tablespoons all-purpose flour – approximate cost $0.30
- 4 ounces (red) guajilli molido chile powder – approximate cost $4.00
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 teaspoon sea salt – approximate cost $0.05
- Approximately 1/2 cup canola oil – approximate cost $0.25
- Water (about 6 cups)
- Brown 1 lb ground beef in a large pot.
- Drain any liquid from the ground beef.
- Heat 1/4″ oil (approximately 1/2 cup) in a small frying pan over medium heat.
- Turn down the heat.
- Stir 3 heaping + 1 level tablespoons of flour into the oil
- Stir constantly until the flour dissolves.
- Add 4 ounces of (red) guajilli molido chile powder.
- Stir until it becomes a thick paste.
- Add chile paste to ground beef.
- Fill the pot to about half with water (about 6 cups).
- Add a teaspoon of garlic powder and a teaspoon of sea salt.
- Bring to boil and let the sauce thicken.
- Stir frequently.
- Remove from heat and divide into three batches.
Makes 3 batches of red chile (approximate cost: $3.73 per serving).
Red Chile Enchilada Casserole
Also Bryan’s step-father’s recipe, posted with permission
- 2 cups red chile – approximate cost $1.24
- 12 yellow corn tortillas – approximate cost $0.40
- 2 cans of pinto beans (liquid reserved) – approximate cost $2.20
- 2 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded (cheddar, mozzarealla, and american cheeses) – approximate cost $4.00
- Canola oil (for frying) – approximate cost $0.25
- Heat 1/4″ oil in a frying pan.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Very lightly fry 6 yellow corn tortillas.
- Place on paper towels to remove some of the oil.
- Pour 1/2 juice from the can of pinto beans into a 9×13 baking dish (it should coat the bottom of the dish).
- Distribute the fried tortillas into an even layer in the baking dish (it’s ok if they overlap).
- Pour the can of pinto beans (and remaining liquid) on top of the tortillas.
- Top with 2 ladles of chile sauce (about 1 cup).
- Sprinkle with 1 cup of shredded cheese.
- Repeat steps 3-9 to make a second layer on the enchilada casserole.
- Bake about 30 minutes, or until the cheese and sauce begin to bubble.
- Let stand on the counter for a few minutes.
- Serve and enjoy! (Optional: Serve with flour tortillas to soak up any extra sauce)
Makes 6 servings (approximate cost: $1.35 per serving).
Wednesday Link Parties
- Cast Party Wednesday (hosted by Lady Behind the Curtain)
- Fresh Foods Wednesday (hosted by Kristy from Gastronomical Sovereignty)
- Allergy Free Wednesdays (hosted by Gluten Free Pantry, Real Food Allergy Free, The Tasty Alternative, Tessa The Domestic Diva, The Willing Cook, Gluten Freely Frugal, and Whole New Mom
- Wednesday Whatsits (hosted by White Lights on Wednesday)
- Fluster’s Creative Muster Party (hosted by Fluster Buster)