As the editor of AllFreeCasseroleRecipes.com, it’s not a big surprise that I love casseroles. Since becoming editor, casseroles have moved up on the list of my favorite types of food. I even found myself the other day mixing the chicken, green beans, and rice on my dinner plate together to form a more cohesive meal. It just seemed wrong otherwise.
One of the things I love about casseroles is the variety. You can mix and match meats, vegetables, starches, sauces, and spices to create endless possibilities of meals. I picked out four budget-friendly recipes today that are ethnic casseroles with an American twist. Inspired by English, Mexican, and Jamaican food, these casseroles are unlike classic American casseroles but are so full of flavor and personality, it will be hard not to love them.
1. 4 Ingredient Shepherd’s Pie – I love this shepherd’s pie because it uses only four ingredients. Did you read that? Just FOUR ingredients! And it’s not a silly little meal, either. It uses all the essentials – meat, vegetable, potatoes, and cheese. This might just be the easiest shepherd’s pie you’ll ever make.
2. Jamaican Chicken Divan – This chicken casserole has a touch of both Jamaican and Indian flair. Jerk chicken and curry powder add tons of flavor. If this is something new for you, don’t be afraid to give it a try.
3. Turkey Tamale Casserole – Turkey Tamale Casserole is a fun, Mexican casserole recipe. A box of corn muffin mix turns this dish into poor man tamales. It calls for ground turkey, but if you have leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, you can substitute that if you like.
4. Chilaquiles Verdes Casserole – I’ll understand if you have never heard of chilaquiles before. I had never heard of them before a few years ago, when my friend made them for me. This casserole is made with layers of baked tortilla strips, eggs, and salsa verde, among other things. It’s really a fun dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
What is your favorite ethnic casserole?