Mama's Black-Eyed Pea Casserole by Emeril

"This is a recipe from Emeril Live during his "Football Contest" episode. It is really delicious. The only changes I made to it was to drain the diced tomatoes. The recipe doesn't state how many tortillas to use but I suggest using 5 on the bottom layer and 5 on the second layer. I used approx. 14 and that was to much for our taste. Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast): 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika 2 tablespoons salt 2 tablespoons garlic powder 1 tablespoon black pepper 1 tablespoon onion powder 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1 tablespoon dried oregano 1 tablespoon dried thyme Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup"
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  • Brown the ground beef in large skillet.
  • Drain the excess grease and the add onion, garlic, jalapeno and Essence.
  • Cook the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion has softened.
  • Add the black-eyed peas, tomatoes, mushroom soup, chicken soup and enchilada sauce.
  • Add a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Simmer until warm, about 10 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Tear the tortillas into large pieces.
  • Grease the bottom of a large casserole dish with butter and then line the bottom with the torn tortilla pieces.
  • Spoon on the ground beef mixture into a thin layer and then add a layer of cheese.
  • Add another layer of tortillas and repeat with the beef mixture, finishing with a layer of cheese on top.
  • Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the cheese from burning and place in the oven.
  • Cook for 35 to 45 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, cut slices approximately 2 by 2 inches and serve.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion.

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  1. Damon R.
    This had a real nice flavor. Lots of combined tastes that seemed to follow one another, with a southwestern kick, but not hot. Just a lot of flavor. It made a LOT! The only problem I had, and I followed this precisely, was that the casserole was soupy, even after standing for 10 minutes. Could be something that I did wrong, but I will try it again. The family didn't complain, and they too loved the flavor.



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