Comfort Food Oh How I Love You!

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My darling grand-girl Jillian.  Is there anything cuter than a little blonde girl in braids, Farmgirl blue jeans and a vintage apron?  And sitting in her Gram’s kitchen on a vintage stool?  Smile!

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Merry Christmas friends!

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In thinking about this blog post, that will be live to you on Christmas Day, and knowing there are hundreds of things I could probably write about… the one that keeps coming to my mind is comfort food!  Because sometimes when the Holidays are over I get sort of melancholy.  Do you ever feel that way?  Maybe it is because all the Holiday excitement is over, company is gone, and things are back to normal life. But for whatever reason, I’m always eager for some comfort food.

Being raised in New Mexico by a Momma that could cook the best Mexican food around… that is the food I always want when I need some comforting!

So I thought I would share one of my favorite comfort food recipes.  I’ve made it for many years and I call it Burrito Stack. My grand-girls love to help me with this recipe – they can do the majority of it, so it is a great meal to cook when you’ve got little ones that want to help.

So… lets get cooking!

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Gather your ingredients:

1 onion, diced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 pound ground beef

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 cup of corn (I prefer fresh, cut right off the cob or use you could use frozen)

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup water

4 large flour tortillas

1 cup sour cream

1 cup salsa

2 cups cheddar jack cheese, grated

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Cook your diced onion and minced garlic in a cast iron skillet with a little bit of olive oil, for just a minute or so.

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Add the ground beef, cumin, salt and pepper and cook until the meat is done.

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Add the rinsed and drained black beans, corn, and water to the meat.  Mix together and bring to a simmer.  Cook until liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes.  Remove from the heat and set aside.

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You will want to use a 9 inch springform pan.  You could use a 9×13 casserole dish, but it won’t taste as good.  It’s all about using the right pan, you know?!  Smile!  

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Using your springform pan as a template, trim around three of the tortillas to the size of the pan.  Do not trim the fourth tortilla.

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Lightly butter your springform pan and place the large, uncut tortilla in the bottom forming it up the sides of the pan.

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Spread 1/4 cup of sour cream onto the tortilla.

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Followed by 1/4 cup of salsa.

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Spoon and spread a quarter of the meat mixture over the salsa, then sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese over that.

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Place one trimmed tortilla on top of the cheese and repeat the layering process until all the ingredients are used.  You should end up with four layers topped with the final sprinkling of cheese.

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Place in a 350 degree oven and cook for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes.

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Remove the outer rim of the springform pan and cut into eight wedges.

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Serve with a slice of tomato on top!  Eat while it is piping hot and enjoy!

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And to make it easier for you to make and enjoy this yummy comfort food, you can click here to print the recipe: Burrito Stack Recipe

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So tell me friends, what is your favorite comfort food?  What is that one particular thing that comes to your mind when you close your eyes and think of home?  I’d love to hear!

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I hope you are having a very, very happy Holiday Season!

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Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.

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Dori

Leave a comment 25 Comments

  1. Donna Kozak says:

    Yesterday, my husband asked for my ‘Mexican Lasagne’ which I haven’t made for a couple of years – very similar to yours … and I must try the springform pan. We’re all craving comfort food at this time of year !

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Donna,

      Yes… it would be similar! Hope you are having a lovely Christmas day today! We are expecting a houseful of company – I’ve cooked Brisket!

      – Dori –

  2. Joan says:

    Looks and sounds delicious – will give it a try. Yes the darling granddaughter is always a wonderful sight. Merry Christmas!!! God bless.

  3. Colleen says:

    Happy Holidays, Dori, to your family from ours!
    Probably one of our favorite comfort foods is Shepherds Pie, topped with cheese and a layer of ketchup. :)
    Take care and stay warm!
    Love,
    Colleen

  4. This sounds awesome, and I got new springform pans for Christmas. :) How perfect is that? I do a stacked “enchilada casserole” that takes advantage of layers of flavor with corn tortillas. It is chicken, and cheese, and Wolf’s chili. So good and filling!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hello Susabelle! I’ve made the enchilada casserole before with the chile and cheese. I think we also made it with Frito chips. If you love that, you’ll love this too! Let me know!

      – Dori –

  5. Susana says:

    I will definitely try this recipe…we love Mexican!
    Susana

  6. Angela says:

    Looks delicious! We’ll have to try it. We stack rather than roll our enchiladas.

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Angela!

      Hope you are enjoying your Texas vacation! :-)

      I stack my enchiladas sometimes and sometimes I roll them. Depends on my mood I guess!

      Big hugs,

      – Dori –

  7. Carol Moore says:

    We had ham and turkey for our Xmas meat. My sons wife and grandsons wife brought the rest of the food. I did bake 2 pumpkin and 1 pecan pie for dessert

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Carol,

      For our Christmas meal I made Brisket, twice baked potatoes, a pot of pinto beans and homemade biscuits. Others brought green salad, fruit salad and roasted veggies. It was a perfect meal. And I’ve discovered that Brisket actually tastes better the next day! :-)

      Nothing beats pumpkin and pecan pies!

      – Dori –

  8. Debbie says:

    Favorite comfort food: fresh cooked pinto beans over hot buttered cornbread! Another New Mexico favorite and most definitely mine!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Oh yes…. nothing better than a pot of pinto beans. And wonderful crispy cornbread! When my Mom and Dad came last month they brought me a 25 pound bag of fresh pinto beans and they taste so good. It is amazing!

      – Dori –

  9. Vivian Monroe says:

    Her Dori, my best friends mom was from Mexico, and she taught me a lot about cooking, so I too like mexican for my go to whenver I am sick or just get home from vacations, I always go to my mexican food. I make my own tortillas, and tamales. Growing up, we always had pinto beans and cornbread like Deb, so I turn to that alot. Raising my boys their early years as a single mom, we turned to those beans and cornbread a whole lot. :) My boys are not so crazy about them anymore but I still love them they give me comfort knowing that they were something I could always afford to feed my boys. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and now I gotta try your recipe. Be Blessed. Neta

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Vivian,

      I loved your comment. It made me smile because it is exactly how I feel… when I’ve been sick, when I’m getting home from vacation I too want Mexican food!!! :-) My Mom always made our own tortillas too – both corn and flour. But I’ve never been able to master it. I’ll take any pointers you have! I do love to make tamales though. It is a lot of work, but oh so worth it!

      Thanks for writing!

      – Dori –

  10. Wayve says:

    That first photo makes my heart sing!

  11. denise says:

    looks so good, I’m going to give it a try soon! thanks!

  12. Winnie Nielsen says:

    YES, comfort food to ring in the New Year too! You know, I get that same sort of undercurrent melancholy when Christmas ends sometimes. I attribute it to the post adrenaline rush that surrounds December. Comfort food is my go to as well when I just want to feel like I did when my Mom would put her arms around me sometimes. Nothing sweet to eat, nope, sometime savory and cheesy is best.

    Your sweet Jillian is totes adorb in her Farmgirl braids, jeans and apron! It is a hopeful 2016 when we see the next generation of Farmgirls getting experience with making comfort food. We must never lose those traditions and skills from our Grandmothers!!!

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Winnie,

      I agree. I get so hopeful when I see my little grand-girls interested in learning real-life skills. It warms my heart!

      Happy 2016 to you!

      Big hugs,

      – Dori –

      P.S. Thank you so much for your email. I read and re-read it. Made me soooo happy!

  13. Bonnie B says:

    Hi Dori, We have had a couple cold days here in Ohio and I always seem to want to cook some comfort food when it gets really cold. So…I remembered your post and had all the ingredients so gave it a try tonight. Yum! It was so good and my husband even liked it and he is not much of a Mexican food fan (if you tell him that’s what it is, LOL). We both had second helpings!
    Thanks for a great recipe that I will add to my recipe box.

    Bonnie

    • Dori Troutman says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      I’m so glad you tried the recipe! And thank you for letting me know! :-) It tastes just as good the next day for leftovers too!

      Stay warm! It is finally getting really cold here in Middle TN now.

      – Dori –

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