Tuesday, March 24

Shrimp Enchiladas Verde Casserole

8 servings
Total price: NY $ 25.87 (with leftover cheese and cilantro*)
Price per serving: NY $3.23

Seafood is admittedly pricey, but given how ridiculously healthy and delicious it is, we’re not willing to give it up until after the recession is over. But maybe that’s not as far away as it once
seemed? Just maybe? (Now’s when you nod your head and say “Yes, undoubtedly!”) As much fun as this site has been, it would be even better to be rendered obsolete. Back to seafood: one way to keep the price manageable is to use it as just a small part of a larger dish. This recipe does just that, and is truly idiot-simple besides. As easy as an old-school casserole—dump in a can of this, scatter over a pack of that—but blessedly devoid of cream of lima bean soup. Posting this sooner than anticipated as its one of the Lovely But Unemployed Husband’s favorites and, as you may have heard, its hard out there in the job market. (For the moment at least! Soon to end maybe! See above!)

  • 1 pound peeled cooked shrimp (NY $9.20**)
  • 1 10 oz package frozen corn (NY $1.39)
  • 2 4 oz cans chopped green chiles, undrained (NY $3.78)
  • 2 10 oz cans green enchilada sauce (or green salsa) (NY $3.98)
  • 12 6-inch corn tortillas (NY $ 1.49)
  • 1 15 oz can nonfat refried beans (NY $1.99)
  • 1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese (Mexican blend, Montery Jack,
  • Cheddar or the like) (NY $5.19 for 8 oz.)
  • 2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (NY $1.50 for 1 bunch***)
  • Cooking spray (staple)
  • Optional: 1 lime (NY $0.33)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish withcooking spray. Remove tails from shrimp**** and dice. Combine shrimp, defrosted corn, 1/3 cup cilantro, chiles with their juice and ½ cup of the enchilada sauce in medium bowl.

Spread 1/3 cup enchilada sauce in prepared baking dish. Next put down an overlapping layer of 6 of the corn tortillas. Spread refried beans evenly over tortillas, top with shrimp mixture. Cover with another overlapping layer of remaining tortillas. Pour remaining tortilla sauce over the top. Cover with foil.

Bake until bubbly at the sides (approx. 20 minutes). Remove foil and sprinkle cheese over top. Continue baking, uncovered, until cheese melts (approx. 5 minutes). Sprinkle remaining cilantro over top (or serve on the side), and let stand (approx. 5 minutes). If desired, serve with lime wedges to squirt over the top.

Adapted from Eating Well

* To store leftover cilantro, I trim the bottom of the stems, and pop the bunch into a glass of clean water (like an herbal bouquet). Either keep this on the counter if you plan to use quickly, or put a plastic bag over the top, afix with a rubber band (so basically, your cilantro is wearing a shower cap), then pop the whole works into the refrigerator.

** We found that, surprisingly, shrimp was the same price per pound whether fresh or frozen, raw or cooked. We went with fresh, pre-cooked, but shop around and go with whatever is cheapest. If frozen, defrost before combining with the corn, etc. If raw is cheapest, cook before combining with corn mixture.

*** If you’ve figured out how to grow a pot of cilantro in your apartment, you have my congratulations! We’ve never managed to make that trick work. If you’ve done it, please share your secrets below!

**** If you’re lazy, or just don’t like playing with shrimp tails (like me), you can just take your knife and lop them off. You’ll waste some shrimp that way, however, so better to get the shrimp to come out of their shells. LBUH will either coax(he’s a good coaxer) the shrimp out of the shell by pinching the bottom or will slice the shell off by running a knife horizontally down one side of the shrimp.

Nutrition Facts
Approximate values per serving
Calories: 285.0 Vitamin A: 40.6 % Iron: 15.3 %
Total Fat: 4.2 g Vitamin B-12: 15.4 % Magnesium: 15.3 %
Cholesterol: 114.0 mg Vitamin B-6: 12.2 % Manganese: 10.2 %
Sodium: 1,041.6 m Vitamin C: 20.0 % Niacin: 13.8 %
Potassium: 318.4 mg Vitamin D: 0.0 % Phosphorus: 30.6 %
Total Carbohydrate: 40.1 g Vitamin E: 1.9 % Riboflavin: 7.0 %
Fiber: 8.1 g Calcium: 13.4 % Selenium: 39.1 %
Sugars: 2.7 g Copper: 9.6 % Thiamin: 6.5 %
Protein: 23.1 g Folate: 7.0 % Zinc: 13.0 %


  1. Love the way Mexico does seafood, could eat enchiladas for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enchilada casserole means I can probably get a least a lunch and dinner out of it. Thanks!

  2. I love shrimp. I buy it on sale still frozen since shrimp is always frozen before it goes to the stores. I let it thaw in my refrigerator when I am ready to cook it. At $3.23 per serving, that is cheaper than going to Chipotles!

  3. Great site. I will keep checking back. I am looking forward to your ideas.

  4. This looks like it would be a big hit in our house. I love seafood and my husband loves Mexican!

  5. Yum! This was very good. And it was very budget friendly. We had enough leftover for 4 dinners! :)

  6. How much is a serving size?


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