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MILWAUKEE --  You're buying last-minute gifts, wrapping presents and preparing a big holiday meal -- who has time to cook dinner tonight?! Heather Ferber of Better Health by Heather joins Real Milwaukee with a casserole you make now and eat when you need it.

Black Bean, Chicken & Veggie Enchilada Casserole


  • 3 medium hormone free chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mild chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup zucchini, shredded
  • 2 (4.5 ounce) cans diced green chile peppers (mild), drained
  • 2 (10 ounce) cans red enchilada sauce
  • 12 non-GMO corn tortillas
  • 3 cups Mexican cheese blend, shredded & organic if possible
  • optional toppings – organic sour cream, avocado, fresh lime, fresh cilantro


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare chicken. Allow it to cool. Chop/shred into smaller pieces.
  3. Sauté the cooked chicken with black beans, cumin, chili powder, and coriander until well blended.  Set mixture aside.
  4. Heat olive oil over medium heat.  Sauté red pepper, green pepper, onions, spinach, zucchini and chile peppers for two minutes.
  5. Mix the chicken and black bean mixture together with the veggie sauté.
  6. In a 9x13 pan, pour 1 cup of enchilada sauce into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Layer 6 corn tortillas into the sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Place a layer of the meat/bean/veggie mixture down.
  9. Put 1 ½ cups cheese on top of the veggies mixture
  10. Lay down 6 more corn tortillas.
  11. Repeat steps 8 and 9.
  12. Top the casserole with the remaining enchilada sauce.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes with a foil cover. Remove cover to crisp up at end of baking time.
  14. Allow to cool 8-10 minutes prior to serving.
  15. Top with fresh cilantro, avocado, sour cream and lime juice if desired.