Kayelle's Mexican Carnitas CasseroleKayelleThis was requested last night at the dinner thread. Thanks for the interest.
[B]Mexican Carnitas Casserole (low carb)[/B]
Don't let the low carb part scare you off. Nobody loves carbs more than I do, but in this case I think they would detract from end result. I used pork Carnitas, but I think plain cooked and pulled chicken, beef or pork should work out well.
4 cups of pulled pork Carnitas, or meat of your choice.
3 cups Mexican cheese blend (save 1/2 cup for topping)
1/3 cup fine diced onion
1/3 cup rough chopped colored bell peppers ( I buy frozen, or freeze them myself)
3 Tbs Taco seasonings
For the binder:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened (small brick)
3 eggs, well beaten
1/3 cup cream, sour cream or yogurt
1/3 cup of your favorite salsa. Mine is Herdez.
1 small can of plain tomato sauce
2 pinches of Mexican oregano, crushed between fingers
2 pinches of ground cumin
Pre-heat oven to 350*.
Beat together the softened creamed cheese with the eggs, cream and salsa, till smooth.
Spray 9 x 13 pan with PAM. Sprinkle half the Mexican cheese blend into dish. Spread meat over cheese along with the veggies and sprinkle on the Taco seasoning. Add the rest of the cheese, (saving 1/2 cup). Pour egg mixture over it. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and spread the tomato sauce over the casserole, top with remaining cheese and sprinkle on the Mexican Oregano and Cumin. Return to oven and carefully broil until it's nicely browned on top.
Naturally, it can be served with any high carb Mexican sides of your choice.5 stars