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I found this amazing casserole on allrecipes submitted by rhonda35. WOW. Tweaked it a tad--don't believe in processed cheese.
- 2 lbs skirt steaks
- 2 lbs boneless chicken thighs
- 2 teaspoons fajita seasoning mix
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons garlic powder, divided
- 2 cups refried beans
- lemon pepper
- 4 avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed
- 1 cup corn oil
- 24 corn tortillas
- 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1⁄3 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 lb low-fat cheddar cheese
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 4 pickled jalapeno peppers, sliced (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
- Rub beef and chicken with fajita seasoning and 2 teaspoons garlic powder. Cut beef and chicken into 1-inch strips, and set aside.
- In a saucepan, warm refried beans over medium-low heat.
- Stir salt, lemon pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder into mashed avocados. Set aside.
- Heat corn oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Cut tortillas in quarters. Place into the skillet as many tortilla pieces as will fit without overlapping, and fry until crisp; repeat this process until all the tortilla pieces have been fried. Remove crisp tortillas to paper towels. Discard oil, and wipe out skillet.
- Return skillet to medium heat, and stir in beef, chicken, bell pepper, and onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes; then stir in cilantro.
- Layer the tortilla pieces along the bottom of a large baking dish. Spread refried beans evenly over tortilla pieces. Sprinkle cheese over beans, then spread meat mixture evenly on top.
- Bake in preheated oven until cheese and beans are bubbly, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and drop sour cream and guacamole by tablespoonfuls in various places across the top. Sprinkle tomatoes and jalapeños on top.
Wow... this was SO good. It took a lot longer than I expected to make because of frying the tortillas, but it was WELL worth it! I did cut the meat in half as 4 lbs seemed like too much to me for my family. I also had to leave out the bell peppers and onions because of digestion problem for some in my family, but it still turned out so good. I will be making this again soon! UPDATE: I had leftovers for lunch today and even though the tortillas aren't crispy anymore, the leftovers were excellent!
I first found this on Allrecipes also. I tried it today but it didn't quite work out as expected. Even though I put some hot jalpeno in with the peppers & salsa in with the refried beans I found this dish lacking for us in flavour. I also added more spice (guac mix)to the avocado. I found the meat on top dryed out abit also. I did really enjoy the toasted tortillas, mine were 10" so I used 1/2 of what was called for.