Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Seven layers of comfort

Being far away from my friends and family, I've definitely been craving comfort foods. Everyone has their favorites. My favorite comfort foods are chicken Caesar salad, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, and anything Tex-Mex.

Tex-Mex is a term used to describe a regional American cuisine that blends food products available in the United States and the culinary creations of Mexican-Americans influenced by the cuisines of Mexico. Which is a fancy way of saying, it's America's version of Mexican food.

It's filling, it's cheesy, and has right amount of spice to keep you warm even in the chilliest of temperatures. The other night I was craving some sort of taco, burrito, fajitas, type of Tex-Mex dinner. So, I pulled everything out of my fridge and my cupboards and this is what I ended up with!

7 Layer Dinner
Serves 4
  • 12 white tortillas (6-inch), toasted
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 can yellow corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups red salsa
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup chipotle cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Heat a dry skillet to over medium. Toast each tortilla for 2 minutes on each side.

Stack and set aside.

While you are toasting, grate your cheddar, prepare your veggies, and set aside your chicken and sour cream.

Butter an 8-inch square baking dish, and layer 4 tortillas on the bottom

Measure out 1/3 of cup of sour cream and spread on top of tortillas.

Measure out a 1/2 cup of salsa and spread on top of the sour cream.

Top with 1/2 cup of corn, 1/2 cup black beans, and 2 tablespoons of green onions.

Sprinkle on 1 cup of chicken.

Finish off with 1/2 cup of chipotle cheddar cheese.

Repeat layers again. Top with remaining tortillas, sour cream, salsa, and cheeses. Bake 30-40 minutes until top is browned and bubbling.

Let stand for five minutes and serve.

What are your favorite comfort food dishes? What are you craving right now?


  1. Such a good idea! I saw something similar in Cooking Light recently. I'm mostly craving wine these days!

  2. ahhhhhh i am craving this right now.... and wine like emily... i think that craving is contagious (or universal)

  3. So I just posted this on your FB... I tried to make this last night, and the middle tortillas came out a little mushy...I think I either put too much salsa and sour cream (I did not really measure this out) and I also probably did not toast the tortillas each for 2 minutes - oops. Any tips for how I could improve for next time - a toasting issue perhaps? I love all the ingredients here!