Yield: 6 servings

Quick Ground Lamb Casserole (Enchilada Style)

Quick Ground Lamb Casserole (Enchilada Style)

Ground lamb layered with a creamy salsa verde and avocado sauce, tortillas, and cheese in a quick and healthyish casserole.!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground lamb
  • 2 cups salsa verde (see notes)
  • 1 large (or 2 small) avocados
  • 1 cup spinach leaves, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and fresh ground pepper
  • 8 ounces grated cheese (see notes)
  • 3 to 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 dozen corn tortillas
  • cilantro (garnish)
  • crumbled cotija (garnish)
  • scallions (garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° (350 convection).
  2. Brown the ground lamb. Over medium-high heat, cook the ground lamb until brown but not dry.
  3. Make the green sauce by combining the salsa verde, avocado, spinach, salt and pepper in the processor. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Layout the tortillas, green sauce, ground lamb, cheese, and scallions to assemble the casserole. Spray the casserole (or cast iron skillet) with cooking spray.
  5. Layer the casserole by starting with a thin layer of sauce and a single layer of tortillas. Follow with half the ground lamb, grated cheese, and scallions.
  6. Repeat with 1 more layer of lamb, cheese, and scallions. After the third layer of tortillas, spread remaining sauce in a thin layer, and top with cheese.
  7. Bake about 25 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
  8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and scallions, and crumbled cotija as desired.

Notes

Hate lamb? Try lean ground beef, pork, chicken or turkey!

While homemade salsa verde is awesome (and my preference), commercial brands are fine. I like to use one that includes both tomatillos and green chiles if possible.

I live in a border town, and love the Mexican blend cheese at my local market (cotija, asadero, quesadilla, manchego, muenster, oaxaca). Use your favorite. I love a little crumbled cotija and its salty tang as a garnish, but that's completely optional.

Macronutrients are an approximation from MyFitnessPal.com and for reference only.

Nutrition Information:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 581 Total Fat: 28g Carbohydrates: 46g Protein: 32g
Nutrition is an approximation and for reference purposes only!