This dish is Suzi Shaw's creative genius - its creamy, cheese and beefy - with the classic flavors of Mexico!
You can make it mild or turn up the heat with your choice of ingredients. This is a super delicious dish. Gracias Susanna!
- 1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
- 2 teaspoons ancho chili powder or chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 cup beef stock
- One can refried black beans - I use Old El Paso
- One 15 ounce container ricotta - I used Galbani
- 1 large egg
- One 4 ounce can diced green chilies, well drained on a paper towel
- 6 ounces shredded Jack or Cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 jalapeño, cut into paper thin slices
- Homemade or canned enchilada sauce. I use Frontera Red or Green sauce
- Brown the beef in a medium skillet over medium high heat until well browned.
- Combine the ancho powder, cornstarch and beef stock in a small bowl to dissolve - add to skillet and stir until gravy is thickened and glossy.
- Spoon six equal portions of the beef around edges of the baking dish. Stir the refried beans until creamy, add a dollop of beans next to each portion of beef, leaving center of dish open.
- Spoon ricotta into a medium bowl and stir in the egg, green chiles, half of the cheese, and cilantro.
- Spoon the ricotta mixture into the center of the dish. Pour the enchilada sauce over the top, scatter remaining cheese and the jalapeño slices.
- Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until dish is bubbling around edges and cheese is golden.
- Cool for 10 minutes, until dishing onto plates.
- Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired.