Mexican layer bake & what happened to me…

I owe you guys a huge apology for falling off the face of the earth. Not literally, but one minute life is moving along with hubby earning a steady paycheck at a not very fulfilling job, and the next BAM….he’s opening up his own law practice! Yeah….pretty big deal. It doesn’t happen everyday, and sort of took us by surprise. In fact, it seemed so “meant to be” that what normally takes several months to line up fell into place within a week’s time. That’s not to say it hasn’t been a lot of work, but it’s been so exciting and such a blur I can hardly keep up with the days. Forgive me?

So I have a new job description…….a few actually……

You can add “office manager” and “secretary” and “marketer/promoter” to my other roles of wife, mom, homeschool mom/teacher, budgeter & bill payer, overall house manager, dishwasher, chef, laundry gal, housecleaner, pet keeper, errand runner, grocery shopper, therapist/mediator and mom taxi. I’m sure you all can relate!

And I never want to neglect my place here so don’t forget all the hats that a food blogger wears! Food blogging is such a fun part of my life. In fact, a few fun foodie events have taken place in my life these past few weeks, so I’ll have new posts regarding those thrown in among the recipes. Another huge announcement…..

FALL HAS ARRIVED HERE IN SOUTH FLORIDA!!! Everyone that lives here knows this announcement is worthy of all CAPS!!! I’m excited about jean and jacket weather as well as all the fun fall foods we get to make and blog about. I’ve got some great recipes lined up so make sure you keep popping in, and join in on the conversations over on my Facebook page. It’s fun getting to know each other…and I love to hear what you guys are up to and what’s cooking in your kitchen! I’m SO excited about the holidays!!

This mexican layer bake, for lack of a better name, popped up one night last spring when I was looking for something quick, easy and tasty. We all love recipes that meet those requirements, right? It’s also a good one when you’re in the mood for mexican food without the hassle of individual tacos or enchiladas. Since I kinda just threw it together…..the amounts are guesstimates, but I’ll put it all in a recipe card for you anyway. You can add or adjust for your tastes. You know I can’t follow a recipe to save my life, so take a walk on the wild side….adapt it, you may never go back. Cooking is fun that way!!

Mexican Layer Bake
Recipe type: Main dish, Mexican, Easy
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Serves: 6
This mexican layer bake is quick, easy, tasty and easily adaptable. For Vegetarian option leave out chicken.
  • 1 - 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded, sprinkled with cumin, salt, & pepper
  • 8 - 10 corn tortillas, torn in chunks
  • 1 can black beans, or 2-3 cups if you make fresh
  • 1 can mexican rotel, or chopped tomatoes
  • 2-3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
  • green onions, optional
  • black olives, optional
  • sour cream and salsa to serve, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a 9 x 13 or larger dish layer ingredients above in anyway you desire. Have fun with this!
  3. Cook in oven for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  4. *If making vegetarian, just leave out the chicken


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21 Responses to Mexican layer bake & what happened to me…

  1. Julia says:

    Wow, how exciting and scary, all at the same time! I’m getting excited about the holidays too. Yummy mexican bake!
    Julia recently posted..Pumpkin and Spinach Macaroni and Cheese

  2. Curt says:

    Good thing it’s lunchtime. This made me very hungry! Black beans and all that cheese. Yum!
    Curt recently posted..Smoky Mac & Cheese with Chicken

  3. Good luck with his law practice. (And I know how you feel about being the “support staff.” Since my husband got laid off – and has now found a job – I’ve been the IT, HR, Accounting, etc. staff.)
    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! recently posted..Cranberry & Cherry Crunch Bark #glutenfree

  4. Good luck with the new practice. My sister is an attorney/judge and has been in a solo practice for more than 25 years. It’s a lot of work!

    The casserole look fabulous. Love all the spicy southwestern flavors in there!
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme recently posted..Apple-Pear Salad and a Birthday Celebration

  5. Abby says:

    This looks amazing! Keep your chin up — I also find blogging such a fun, fulfilling part of my life through it all: full-time job, side business, two dogs, running a house…. AHHH!! Thank goodness for other bloggers who “get it”. I am such a huge fan of your site!
    Abby recently posted..A quick, painful look back

  6. That sounds awesome…on all accounts! Congrats and good luck on this new journey! We will be here no matter what so take your time adjusting to your new roles.
    Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} recently posted..Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

  7. Joan Nova says:

    Congratulations and good luck with the new turn in the road.
    Your Mexican bake looks great!

  8. Shelby says:

    You are so cute and CONGRATS to hubby. I can feel your “pain”. I am my husband’s “secretary” too. Today I actually sat in the Dr. office with him while he dictated to me what to put on HIS paperwork. 😉
    Shelby recently posted..Pan-fried Tofu with Dark Sweet Soy Sauce

  9. Congrats! Exciting news! Great recipe too.

    • Jaclyn says:

      Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed surfing around your blog posts. In any case I will be susrcbibing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

  10. Kathleen says:

    This looks like my kinda food! Congrats on your exciting news 🙂 Nice to hear from you!!!
    Kathleen recently posted..Chili Cheese Mac

  11. Congrats on the new venture!!

  12. JulieD says:

    Looks so good, Denise! So glad you’re doing okay…just busy like all of us! Congrats on your husband’s new practice!
    JulieD recently posted..The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

  13. shuvo says:

    i like this foods it is awesome

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  15. Congrats and good luck on your new journey Denise!
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  20. kimberly says:

    We have always called it enchilada casserole

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