AUTHOR’S CORNER ASKS… WHAT’S FOR DINNER?:Author Jo E Pinto Answers… Enchiladas the Easy Way

Enchiladas the Easy Way
By J. E. Pinto

Good morning campbellsworld visitors. Wondering what’s for dinner tonight? Already stressing about what to make so that everyone will enjoy and eat their meal after a long busy day?

Author Jo E. Pinto who is also a wife, mother, and Proofreader has dropped by during what must be for her a busy day indeed to share with us a recipe that is sure to please even the pickiest eater.

Once you’ve read and filed away this delicious recipe for tonight’s use make sure to keep reading so you can learn about Jo’s book, The Bright Side of Darkness. It’s a book you’ll not want to miss. You might even pick up an extra copy for that hard to please teen in your life. Heck, it’s not too early to be thinking about making a Christmas list and this book would most certainly make a great gift.

So, now you’ve got something for dinner all picked out, your Christmas shopping has begun and it’s not even noon on what could’ve been a tremendously terrible Thursday, all because you read this post. Be sure to share it with your friends and you’ll be the talk of the car-pool tonight.

Enchiladas, besides being delicious and easy to make, are one of the most versatile dishes on the planet. You can throw them together with almost anything you have in your kitchen. They’re the equivalent of the pot pie in the white world. You can fry up some hamburger or dice a leftover steak from the grill for beef enchiladas, shred some well-cooked chops or stew meat if you prefer pork, use cooked chicken, or just do cheese and onions if you’d rather go the vegetarian route.
One of my favorite ways to make enchiladas is with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving. Actually, I buy two turkeys when they go on sale in November and cook one at Christmas and one around Easter. That way I have frozen turkey to use off and on throughout most of the year, and my family doesn’t get tired of eating it.
Individual enchiladas can be made, but I like to bake them all as a casserole so I can sit down and enjoy dinner with my family or guests. For an even easier meal, when you get to the part of the recipe where you fill the tortillas and roll them up, line your slow cooker with aluminum foil or a crockpot liner instead. Grease the foil or the crockpot liner. Then dip each tortilla as described, and layer the meat mixture and turtillas in your slow cooker, ending with a tortilla and the remaining cheese. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for about six hours. Dinner is served!

Enchilada Casserole

1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup butter or margarine, divided
2 cups cooked meat of choice, shredded
1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2-1/2 cups chicken or beef broth, depending on meat used
1 cup dairy sour cream
1-1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
12 6-inch corn or flour tortillas, depending on taste

1. Cook the onion and green pepper in two tablespoons of the butter or margarine.
2. Combine the onion mixture, green chilies, and meat. Set aside.
3.In the same saucepan, melt the remaining butter or margarine. Stir in the flour, salt, and garlic. After a minute or two, slowly pour in the broth.
4. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly, then one to two minutes more. Remove from heat.
5. Stir in the sour cream and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
6. Fold 1/2 cup of the sauce into the meat mixture.
7. Dip each tortilla into the remaining sauce to make it soft and pliable.
8. Fill each tortilla with 1/4 cup of the meat mixture. Roll it up.
9. Arrange tortilla rolls, seam sides down, in a 9 by 13 inch baking dish. Pour any remaining sauce over the rolls. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
10. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Serves six. Enjoy!


“The Bright Side of Darkness” Is an award-winning novel, Available in Kindle, audio, and paperback formats.

About the author…
J. E. Pinto is a magnet for underdogs! Early in her married life, her home became a hangout for troubled neighborhood kids. This experience lit the flame for her first novel, The Bright Side of Darkness.

Pinto’s Spanish-American roots grow deep in the Rocky Mountains, dating back six generations. J. E. Pinto lives with her family in Colorado where she works as a writer and also proofreads textbooks and audio books. One of her favorite pastimes is taking a nature walk with her service dog.

The Bright Side of Darkness won a first place Indie Book Award for “First Novel over Eighty Thousand Words,” as well as First Place for “Inspirational Fiction.” The novel also won several awards from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association: First Place for “Inspirational Fiction,” Second Place for “Audio Book,” and First Place for “Literary and Contemporary Fiction.


Rick Myers, an orphan without much faith in the future, and Daisy Bettencourt, a blind girl who is running from an alcoholic father and a set of overprotective foster parents, cross paths at a high school baseball game and make their way together. Daisy becomes the bright spot in Rick’s universe as he and his four lifelong friends–Tim, Mark, and the twins–battle the forces of poverty and hopelessness. Mark’s grandma dies of heart failure, and Tim’s stepdad is arrested on felony child abuse charges, leaving them, like Rick and Daisy, with no authority figures in their lives.
Rick and Daisy are trailed by a fat man in a battered green jeep who makes Rick more and more uneasy as the weeks pass. Then, just when Rick discovers an interest in the culinary field and decides to complete his education, the bottom drops out of his world.


There’s nothing a damn bit bright about sunshine when you’re seventeen and you see it from the wrong side of a jail cell window.
It isn’t that I’m moping for my lost freedom or anything. I wouldn’t give a half a crap for my life anymore now that the crew is scattered to the four winds, and all I have left of Daisy is her parting note in the waistband of my jeans and a wilted dandelion dangling between my fingers. But it seems to me that the Man Upstairs could have marked my downfall with a terrific thunderstorm or at least a few nasty black clouds out of the west.
When there’s a war or a funeral or some other sad thing going on in the movies, the sky usually turns dark and ugly, and the rain pours down in buckets. The longer I stare at the square of sunlight streaming through the tiny window of my cell and stealing across the floor, the lonelier I feel. August 27, 1986, is slipping by the same as every other hot, heavy day, and I’m the only one in the world who knows that nothing will ever be all right again.
It hasn’t always been this way. I ought to have known better than to believe I could reach out and snag a piece of paradise, but for a little while I had it on my fingertips. Breaks are hard to come by for kids from the projects, though, and sure enough, all I ended up with at the last second was empty hands.
I’m doing my level best to hold off a flood of memories, but my mind keeps drifting back to the sweltering summer evening when the chain of events began that shattered my world into a zillion pieces. First thing tomorrow morning, some juvenile court judge will decide if my life is worth rebuilding. Maybe he’ll have better luck with my future than I did with my past.

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