Make-Ahead Black Bean & Spinach Enchilada Casserole
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Make this simple, crowd-pleasing casserole up to two days before you plan to eat it, then just pop it into the oven until it's warm and bubbly. It is a complete meal all on its own, but I like to serve it with chopped avocado, cherry tomatoes, a green salad and a dollop of sour cream.
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil (I like to use avocado oil)
  • 1 small clamshell container baby spinach (about 5 ounces / 142 grams)
  • 12 small corn tortillas
  • 1 450 mL / 16 ounce jar tomatillo salsa
  • 1 398 mL / 14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • 1 113 gram / 4 ounce package goat cheese
  • 1½ cups shredded old cheddar cheese
  1. Heat the cooking oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add the spinach and cook until it is wilted, then set it aside.
  2. Spread one third of the salsa into a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish, and then lay down 6 corn tortillas. Top with another third of the salsa, spreading it evenly over the tortillas.
  3. Layer on the cooked spinach, followed by the black beans, and then sprinkle the chili powder evenly over top.
  4. Crumble the goat cheese on top of the beans, then top with the remaining tortillas, the last third of the salsa and the shredded cheese.
  5. If you are making the casserole in advance, stop at this point, cover tightly with foil and pop it into the fridge.
  6. When you are ready to bake, heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the casserole (covered with foil) for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes or until the casserole is hot throughout and the cheese is bubbly and browning. If you like a very browned and bubbly top, you might need to turn the oven to broil for the last few minutes of cooking.
Recipe by (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean at