Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Chicken Tortilla Casserole

There is so much stuff out there that people think is food that isn't. Food provides what the body needs for health. It feeds the body and the soul. It is emotional. It is simple stuff. It doesn't come in boxes that require only microwaving. When you read the ingredients, if you don't know what each thing is, that's not food, just a digestible substance.

1 T canola oil
1 green pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 boneless, skinless check breasts
1 24 oz jar of your favorite salsa
1 6 oz can large olives, drained and chopped
15 oz can pinto beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
4-5 large flour tortilla cut into slices like lasangna noodles
2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Meanwhile, cut chicken into bitesize pieces. Cook chicken in oil for 5 minutes. Add pepper and garlic and cook an additional 3 minutes. Add salsa, chopped olives, and beans. Simmer to reduce excess liquid. Remove from heat.

Spoon a small amount of the sauce from the pan into the bottom of a sprayed casserole dish. Add a layer of tortilla slices. Add half of the chicken mixture, then 1 cup of the cheese, another layer of tortilla slices, the rest of the chicken and the rest of the cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

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