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Secret Recipe Club: Mexican Layer Bake

Happy Monday! It is a happy Monday indeed today since not only do I have today off from work, but I also just returned from a whirlwind and A-mazing weekend with my family at Penn State for THON. To even say that it was A-mazing is an understatement. To see thousands upon thousands of students dancing for 46 hours straight, raising $10,686,924.83 For The Kids, cheering, celebrating and working tirelessly for months and months leading up to the event is pretty overwhelming. Not to mention the hundreds of families who benefit from THON and share their incredible stories of hope, love and inspiration.

I'll share some more photos and videos tomorrow!

On another note, today is my Secret Recipe Club reveal! Yay!


Secret Recipe Club


I joined the Secret Recipe Club a few months ago and love being a part of this community. The lovely Amanda created the SRC in order for bloggers to, once a month, try out another blogger's recipe and share it on their own blog. It's so fun to find new blogs, test out new recipes and to find out who has your blog for the month!

This month, I was given Denise's Creative Kitchen (http://creativekitchenadventures.com) and was so excited to find her blog. Denise writes delicious and simple recipes that all look fantastic. I love her honesty about going low-carb and her ideas for lightening dishes up!

When I found her recipe for a Mexican Layer Bake, I couldn't wait to get in the kitchen and cook it up. You see, I've been working late a bunch of nights and therefore not really so into cooking when I arrive home. A nice, hearty casserole was just the ticket for us last week! It lasted for a few meals and was delicious every time.


This was so easy and so delicious. I will definitely be making this again and again!

Mexican Layer Bake
*Adapted from Creative Kitchen for the Secret Recipe Club
6 servings; 6 WW Points+ per serving

3 chicken breasts
1 tsp olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
4 taco-sized tortillas, such as Mission Life Balance
1 can black beans, very lightly drained
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, such as mild Rotel, very lightly drained
1 1/2 C reduced fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
cooking spray
sour cream, for serving

Preheat over to 375 degrees. Lay the chicken breasts over a foil-lined baking sheet, sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken, using a brush to distribute. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Once chicken is cooked, lower the oven to 350 degrees and then shred chicken in a large mixing bowl with fork and knife. Mix in the black beans, Rotel, chili powder and cumin. Add any salt and pepper as necessary.

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Cut all 4 tortillas in half, so that you have 8 pieces. Layer 4 tortilla pieces in the bottom of baking dish. Pour half of the chicken mixture over the tortillas. Sprinkle with 3/4 C cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients, layering 4 more tortilla pieces, the rest of the chicken mixture and cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream, if ya like. We actually mixed a bit of sour cream with a little cumin to make a nice little crema for serving. It was delicious.

Also, this reheated perfectly the next evening. Simply cover again with foil and bake until heated. Yum!! Thanks to Denise for this great recipe!

Questions of the Day:

What kind of dishes do you make to last you more than one meal?

How was your weekend?!

Reader Comments (19)

What a great SRC choice! I love a casserole that's quick and easy and gives me a few leftovers for lunch! This looks absolutely scrumptious! : )

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne@FromMySweetHeart

There you go showing off that pretty polka dot casserole again (I'm having a little pan envy). Casseroles are a God send to the busy cook! this one looks especially good!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRhonda

I love Mexican food, and this looks like something I could love, too. The melted cheese looks really yummy, and it seems very easy to make. This will definately go on my to-do list.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheidi

I love casseroles, they are so easy to make ahead for dinners after we both work late, yours looks delicious!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJo

looks delish! love that casserole dish! this looks almost identical to something i used to make all the time and in fact just last week made a lightened up vegetarian version of it!

I do not make casseroles that often, but just might have to start with this one. Looks tasty! Glad to be part of SRC group C with you!

This looks absolutely wonderful!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin @ Making Memories

Ooooh, I have a big bag of tortilla chips that would be perfect for dipping. Looks delish!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFeast on the Cheap

This looks so delicious. I love every item on the ingredient list. Can't wait to make this!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeri @ The Freshman Cook

I love this idea!!! Yum!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteremily (a nutritionist eats)

This looks wonderful and perfect for those days when you need something quick and want leftovers!!! Great SRC choice.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate

it sounds like a pretty huge event and quite fun to attend; this layer bake looks amazing I mean every ingredient is delicious and all combined even better

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeti

This looks like a fabulous meal option! Visiting you from Group B!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrisha

Rachel! So great to meet you. Your mexican bake looks amazing, and I love your dish! I'm so glad you received my blog this month...I've been having fun reading yours and getting to know you better!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise @ Creative Kitchen

so glad your in the SRC group too- we are both in group c! Love this bake- the mexican flavors bring it home to me!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKitchen Belleicious

Wow, this looks DELISH!!! Wonderful comfort food without an over abundance of carbs :)

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiz

So easy and delicious sounding, great SRC choice.

If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my Group 'A' SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

Cook Lisa Cook

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa~~

I was trying to figure out what to bring to a potluck this weekend! Then I was reminded of this when I saw it in my email inbox again today. This will be perfect!! :-)

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

This looks yummy, but when I plug it into ww it comes to 8 pts+. Not sure what I'm doing differently...

May 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervanessa

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