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MEXICAN CHORIZO CASSEROLE

The ultimate Mexican chorizo casserole with poblano green rice, creamy poblano sauce, black beans and green peppers finished with melted cheese and topped with avocados, pickled red onions and fried chili garlic.


Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Meal Prep
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 4
Author: the communal feast

Ingredients

  • For the casserole:
  • 4 chorizo sausages
  • 1/3 cup black beans rinsed
  • 1/3 cup chopped green peppers
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded monteray jack cheese
  • Mexican green rice and poblano cream sauce:
  • 2 cups of rice I used long grain rice
  • 5 poblano peppers
  • 2-3 handfuls of cilantro sprigs
  • 1 ½ handful of spinach
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 spanish onion cut into 4 quarters
  • 2 cups of stock chicken or vegetable
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • Garnish:
  • Sliced avocados
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Pickled red onions
  • Fried chili garlic
  • Black sesame seeds

Instructions

1. Green Rice and Poblano cream sauce (if you’ve already made these, skip to step 8):

  • 2. First spray the grill with cooking spray and heat the grill to medium heat
  • 3. Place the poblanos on the grill. After 5 minutes turn the poblanos they should start to char on one side. Once poblanos have charred, remove from the grill and let cool before peeling off the skin.
  • 4. De-stem and de-seed the poblanos. Add them to a food processor with cilantro, spinach, garlic, onion and salt & pepper.
  • 5. To a skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add the rice and cook until it starts to turn golden brown stirring regularly. This takes about 5 minutes. Add half the poblano puree to the rice and let cook for 2 minutes. Next add your stock and season with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and let simmer covered
    with a lid for about 15-20 minutes.
  • 6. Remove the rice from the heat, give it a good stir and let is sit covered in its own steam for a few minutes.
  • 7. While the rice cooks make the poblano cream sauce. To the remainder of the poblano puree add 1 cup of heavy cream and blend until incorporated. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter with flour and whisk into a paste. Next pour the poblano mixture into the sauce pan and add another cup of heavy cream. Season with salt & pepper and finish with 2 more tablespoons of butter. Let simmer for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.

Casserole:

  • 8. Heat a pan on medium to high heat.  Squeeze the chorizo out of its casing into the pan. Using a wooden spoon, separate the chorizo into small chunks while cooking. Continue to cook for about 5-8 minutes until the chorizo is done.
  • 9. Heat the oven to 375 F
  • 10. Spoon some of the poblano cream sauce on the bottom of your baking dish
  • 11. Next cover the bottom of the skillet with your Mexican green rice and sprinkle the
    black beans and green peppers over top. Add the cooked chorizo (its ok to add some of the oil from the pan it helps flavor the casserole) Top with shredded cheeses and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starts to brown. (optional to broil for 1 minute)
  • 12. Garnish
    with fresh chopped cilantro, sliced avocados, fried garlic and pickled red onions.