This cheesy enchilada bake is made with tender pulled pork, black beans, chewy spelt and loads of veggies. Perfect for feeding a crowd!
Whenever I prepare large batches of meat like pot roast, pulled chicken or shredded pork, I love repurposing leftovers into something new and equally delicious. Whether it’s a big pot of soup, a hearty entree salad or a comforting pasta dish, it’s always a good idea to have leftover protein on hand for quick weeknight meals.
After we enjoyed Gloria’s mouth-watering shredded pork tacos recently, I decided to use the leftover meat to create a cheesy one-pot enchilada bake. For added protein and fiber, I mixed the pork with black beans, chewy spelt and loads of fresh vegetables.
They great thing about these one-pot enchilada bakes is that you can really stretch your food budget by using a small amount of meat to create a huge amount of food that will feed a crowd. Since the beans and spelt are also full of protein, you still end up with a hearty and satisfying dinner.
Of course, don’t forget the toppings. Avocado chunks, diced red onion, scallions and cilantro are just a few of the endless garnish ideas for this cheesy enchilada bake. A little Srircha never hurts either.
Your fork is waiting.
- 1 cup uncooked spelt berries - prepared according to package directions
- 2 cups leftover pulled pork (or meat of choice)
- 1 medium zucchini - diced
- 1 red pepper - seeded and diced
- 1 cup corn kernels - fresh or frozen
- 15 ounce can black beans - drained and rinsed
- 2 cups enchilada sauce - store bought or homemade
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (or mild cheddar)
- diced avocado, minced red onion, cilantro - optional garnish
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and have a 9" x 13" baking dish ready to use.
- In a large bowl, mix together cooked spelt, pulled pork, zucchini, red pepper, corn, black beans and enchilada sauce. Check for seasoning and add salt or pepper to taste.
- Spread mixture evenly into baking dish and sprinkled with shredded cheese.
- Bake until cheese is melted and bubbles start to form around the edges, around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- Serve with optional garnishes.
Photography by Alejandro Photography // Recipe by The Lemon Bowl
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