I think I am slowly falling in love with tempeh. A few months ago I tried it fried and coated in a yummy honey BBQ sauce, and it was outstanding. Last week I crumbled it up in a Mexican casserole (using it like you would with cooked ground beef), and it worked great this way, too. I think tempeh is a great meat substitute in something like this, where other ingredients like chiles and cheese and enchilada sauce give the dish most of the flavor. What I am trying to say is that I am slowly falling in love with tempeh, but still would not want to eat a big ol’ hunk of it on a hamburger bun.
You know the drill with recipes like this – add, subtract, modify, whatever. It’s super adaptable. I actually added corn to the original recipe to up the veggie content. And, let’s be real, added more cheese. Sorry, guys. I just love cheese.
TEMPEH ENCHILADA CASSEROLE (adapted from All Recipes)
1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsp minced garlic
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 onion, chopped
1 4-oz can diced green chile peppers
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 8-oz package tempeh, crumbled
6 6-inch corn tortillas
1 medium can enchilada sauce
1/2 tomato, chopped
3 green onions, chopped
8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, combine beans, corn, garlic, onion, chiles, jalapenos, and tempeh. Pour enchilada sauce in shallow bowl.
- Dip three tortillas in enchilada sauce, and place them in baking dish, covering bottom of dish as completely as possible. Place half the bean mixture on top of the tortillas, then sprinkle with half the cheese. Repeat with remaining three tortillas (dipped in enchilada sauce) and rest of bean mixture. Drizzle remaining enchilada sauce over casserole, and sprinkle with cheese, tomatoes, and green onions.
- Cover with tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbling and cheese is melted.
I was up in the air as to whether my husband would like this, but he ate it right up. It tastes like yummy, cheesy Mexican food even though it’s reasonably healthy.