Got a can of refried beans on hand? A bell pepper lying around? An avocado waiting to be transformed into guacamole? Well, perfect! You’re in for a treat if you do. This burrito-inspired recipe I came up with satisfies any hankering for a warm, mildly spicy, fresh-veggie filled casserole. And the best part? I made it in my brand new mini-casserole dish.
You heard me right. A mini-casserole dish. Is there anything cuter than an itsy-bitsy-personal casserole dish?
I went to Pier 1 today to go Christmas shopping, which is where I found my new favorite cooking utensil. It was only $5.95 and I have a feeling I’ll be using it a lot in the near future. So get excited for baked oatmeal breakfast creations, mini cobblers, and hearty casseroles like this one. After walking around stores all morning looking for gifts, it felt great to sit down at the end of the day and dig my fork into a warm casserole.
Little-bitty Baked Burrito Bowl
1/4 Cup Refried Beans
1/2 Bell Pepper
4 Tablespoons Salsa
1 Tortilla or Wrap
1/4 Cup Corn
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
Cayenne Pepper (to taste)
Cilantro (to taste)
Small handful of cheese to sprinkle on top (use Daiya if vegan)
1. Quit ogling over the tiny casserole pan. I know it’s hard to tear your eyes away from the mini baking dish, but in order to make yourself a delicious casserole, you’ve got to get to work. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut the bell pepper in half, cleaning it of the seeds, and then chop into tiny pieces. Reserve the pepper on the side.
3. Cut the avocado in half and remove pit. Scoop half of the avocado into a bowl. Add garlic powder and cayenne pepper to the avocado. Mash with a fork until avocado reaches a somewhat-smooth consistency.
4. Now, the assembly begins. Get that precious mini-casserole pan out and get to work! Cut the tortilla to fit the casserole pan and put a layer of tortilla down at the bottom of the dish. That’s the base of your first layer. Next, spread refried beans over the tortilla. After that, spread guacamole mixture. Then sprinkle bell peppers, corn, and salsa and cilantro if desired. First layer completed!
5. Add another tortilla layer and then refried beans, guacamole, bell peppers, corn, salsa, and cilantro. It should be filled to the brim (well, almost!) There should be a little room for some cheese to be sprinkled on top. Top the casserole off with cheese and then pop it into the oven. Wait 25-30 minutes (or until the casserole is hot and the cheese looks so good you just want to eat it off the top).
6. Sit yourself down in a comfy chair and dig into your personal pan of comfort food. Good friends for company and Christmas lights for atmosphere are recommended while enjoying this dish!
YUM! Hope you have a delicious dinner eating this little-bitty baked burrito bowl.