Why not throw a Cinco de Mayo fiesta on May 5th for your family and guests! This dish can be prepared ahead of time leaving you to enjoy your guests. It freezes well and is perfect for easy family dinners throughout the year!
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 pound ground Italian sausage, mild, sweet, or hot, your choice
1 medium onion, diced small
1 teaspoon cumin
2-3 garlic cloves, minced, more if desired
2 (10 ounce) cans enchilada sauce
1 (8-ounce) cream cheese
1 small can diced mild or hot green chiles, drained
1 small can sliced jalapenos, drained, divided, optional, less if desired
1 (2 1/2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
8-10 (6 inch) tortillas, torn and divided
4 cups cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese mixture, shredded, less if desired
4-5 green onions, trimmed and sliced
Green onions, trimmed and sliced
Serves 6 – 8. Ole'
Note: This casserole will freeze well; cover with sprayed aluminum foil and place in two- gallon zip-lock bag. Place in freezer. Defrost several hours in the refrigerator before baking it to get it to room temperature.
Note: For a change-of-pace, you can add a can of drained black beans to the meat mixture. You can also substitute two layers of crumbled Doritos in place of the tortillas. Or, you can add a thin layer of picante sauce on top of the cheese layer and then proceed with the rest of the recipe.