I am currently listening to great 80's hits, the sun is shining, its not windy, all in all a perfect day to go outside. Which is why I will stay inside and write my blog, and watch tv. I might open a window. Maybe. For those that don't know, I am what you would call an "Indoor Girl". On with the recipe!
Once again, I refrained from partaking of this casserole.
Just a couple of notes, I usually never by name brand canned veggies. There is such a huge difference in price, and not in taste(mostly) that its not worth getting name brand. But the reason I got Del Monte was because I could not find Kroger diced tomatoes with the green chili peppers. It was late, I was hungry and tired and was sick of being in the store. So I just bought the more expensive tomatoes. Convenience has its price. And the tortillas, I have no idea if they are 8 inches or not, but I bought them for the same reasons as the tomatoes. I wanted to leave the store. And once again, I just used half of an onion. A whole onion seems super over powering. I used my handy dandy manual food processor from Pampered Chef to chop the onions.
After! I am never using a knife to finely chop onions again!
Before I used my Mix-n-Chop from Pampered Chef!
Mix in olives, green chili peppers, tomatoes, taco sauce, and refried beans. Stir thoroughly, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes(I turn the oven on after this, other wise your oven would just be on with nothing in it for like a half an hour!).
Yes, I realize the chili peppers are supposed to be diced, but I grabbed whole. It was a surprise when I opened it up to see these gross snake like green things when I expected diced. Oh well, I just had to dice them myself.
Good as new!
I had to switch to a big pot, because all those ingredients were not going to fit in that skillet. This is a 5 qt pot and it worked perfectly.
Ok, so it didn't work out exactly as the recipe said, but there are 2 reasons for that. First is that I used a 3 qt dish(9x13), because I don't have a 4 qt dish. Second I only used about 6 or 8 tortillas because I am not sure if they were 8 inches. But it still worked. It fit fine in the 9x13, and I had like 3 layers of tortillas. I went easy with the cheese on the inside, and layered the most cheese on top. And here it is all cooked!