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Old 12-14-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Kayelle's Mexican Carnitas Casserole

This was requested last night at the dinner thread. Thanks for the interest.




Mexican Carnitas Casserole (low carb)

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.

Ingredients

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.

Topping:
1 small can of plain tomato sauce
2 pinches of Mexican oregano, crushed between fingers
2 pinches of ground cumin


Directions
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.
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:05 PM   #2
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YUM!
I did a Copy&Paste to make for our friends and me...we'll make DH a Hamburger that night
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Old 12-14-2015, 04:16 PM   #3
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This sounds scrumptious, Kay!
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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Thank you for sharing, Kay - that sounds and looks delicious!! Copied and saved.
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Old 12-14-2015, 05:42 PM   #5
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Thanks, I will give this a try!!!

This recipe idea could make a nice alternative to pizza or lasagna if you changed up the ingredients and seasonings, hmm!
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Thanks Kayelle.
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Old 12-14-2015, 06:03 PM   #7
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Thanks everybody.

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Thanks, I will give this a try!!!

This recipe idea could make a nice alternative to pizza or lasagna if you changed up the ingredients and seasonings, hmm!

Bea..what a great idea!!
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Thanks everybody.




Bea..what a great idea!!
Hmmm...
Browned Spicy Italian Sausage, Italian Seasonings, Mozz&Parm&Ricotta cheeses, Spaghetti sauce, Hmmm...
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Browned Spicy Italian Sausage, Italian Seasonings, Mozz&Parm&Ricotta cheeses, Spaghetti sauce, Hmmm...

Hmmm, layered with thin sheets of pasta to hold it together and you might have something special. What could we call it???????
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This sounds really good I make something similar with chicken and layers of corn tortillas and call it Chicken Enchilada Casserole. I think, to distribute the seasoning more evenly, I'd mix a tbsp with the meat, a tbsp with the cheese and a tbsp with the binder.

Thanks for sharing
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Kayelle's Mexican Carnitas Casserole This was requested last night at the dinner thread. Thanks for the interest. :wink: [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v236/Kayelle/Food%20pictures/PC130228_zpsnetx4vxu.jpg[/IMG] [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. Ingredients 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. Topping: 1 small can of plain tomato sauce 2 pinches of Mexican oregano, crushed between fingers 2 pinches of ground cumin Directions 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 1 reviews
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