This recipe is a riff on my mom’s enchilada casserole recipe made in a crock pot. Unfortunately, I don’t have a crock pot yet. However, I found another technique to make the recipe that does not involve a crock pot and cuts down the cooking time. Due to the layers in the casserole, I was inspired by a technique used by Guy Fieri in his Garlic Onion Tortilla Cake. His recipe is awesome and worth checking out especially if your a fan of roasted garlic.
The cake can be prepared in advance of grilling so you can make it, wrap it and bring it to a BBQ or tailgate. Friends and family will love this recipe, the layers make it look like a cake,but it tastes like a mix between an enchilada and a bowl of chili.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1 medium yellow onion, minced
- 1 large green bell pepper, minced
- 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 15 oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 16 oz can diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 4 oz can green chilies
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack
- 10 flour tortillas (8 inch)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef, onion, and pepper until the beef is no longer pink. Add the beans, tomatoes, green chilies, chilli powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate for about an hour, so the mixture cools.
- While the mixture is cooling, combine the cheeses. When the mixture is cooled, on a piece of cling wrap lay down a tortilla. Layer 1/2 to 3/4 a cup of the beef mixture and top with about 1/3 cup of cheese. Repeat the layers. Wrap the tortilla cake in cling wrap, lightly push down on top of the cake, and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour.
- When the cake is ready, preheat grill to medium. Cut the cake into 8 even pieces. Spray a piece of tin foil with cooking spray, then tightly wrap a piece of cake. Do the same with the rest of the pieces. Then place the pieces on the grill, grill all sides of the cake for 3-4 minutes. Take the pieces off the grill and unwrap. You can eat the cake with a fork or let it cool and eat it with your hands!