Friday, December 4, 2009

Open Faced Enchiladas & Tara Made Me Feel Special

Earlier this week, Connie at I Started Out as a Child posted this recipe and I wanted to try it right away. I made the enchilada sauce that she makes, but you can use canned enchilada sauce if you'd like. It was easy to make, but when I put everything on the table, my kids said, "No beans??" We are a big bean-eating family (kidney, black, pinto, lentils...) so next time I'll bake some beans to throw on top. It was a really good dinner and then the leftovers made a perfect lunch today. Here is her recipe from her blog. And if you'd like great step-by-step pics, visit Connie's blog. Connie's Open Faced Enchiladas

1 lb. browned ground beef
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can tomato sauce
Corn tortillas

Heat enchildada sauce and tomato sauce in skillet OR make enchilada sauce below.
Place 1 or 2 corn tortillas in bubbling sauce. Cover the tortillas with the sauce and leave for about 30 seconds. If you leave too long, they'll break apart while removing from the pan - but that's OK if they do. With a spatula remove the tortillas and place on plate. We like to put 2 tortillas at a time on our plate. Spoon a little more sauce on top.

Top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, onions, cilantro, olives or anything else you'd like.

Enchilada Sauce:
2 T. vegetable oil
2 T. flour
2 T. chili powder (if you want it more mild, use 1 1/2 T.)
1/2 t. ground cumin
1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce
2 c. water
1 t. salt
1/4 t. garlic powder

Heat oil in large 2-quart sauce pan; stir in flour and chili powder cook for 1 minute.
Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Makes 3 cups.

My awesomely sweet blogger friend Tara sent me a gift that was sitting in my mail box today. It is not just any gift. It is a gorgeous and fun apron (I {heart} aprons!!!) from Flirty Aprons. And it's not even my birthday, so how special is that? Tara is a smart, hard-working, generous (as you can tell), mommy who loves her adorable kids. I'm glad I got to know her through my sister Heather. I'd share Tara's blog, but it's private. Thanks, Tara! I have loved getting to "meet" and know new ladies through blogging. I don't just mean because I got a free apron. And I'm grateful for all you other readers who come and read and share your thoughts!

Here's Elisa modeling my apron for me.


  1. I love those open faced enchiladas! And what a darling apron! Congratulations :)

  2. What a cute apron...and a cute model.

    I am going to try the open faced enchiladas this week. We love Mexican food!

  3. Ooh, yum! Thanks for the recipe!
    And I've always loved those aprons, very cute!

  4. This looks yummy and easy. I think I will plan to make them next week.

  5. Oh, and the apron is really cute too. I love aprons too, but I have quit collecting them. Elisa looks really cute in the apron, but I am sure you would too!

  6. Oh, good! I'm glad that you like it! You're so sweet to blog such nice things (: You failed to mention that you generously gave me a WONDERFUL cookbook with a nice dish towel, hot pad set, and candy!


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