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John Wayne Casserole

John Wayne Casserole with Einkorn Crust

John Wayne Casserole is a classic, easy, and delicious recipe that will be sure to please everyone at your table! The Einkorn crust gives it a nutritious, deep flavor boost. If you are looking for a nutritious, meal that will comfort your heart and tummy, this casserole is a perfect choice!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Prep Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
Servings: 8 depending on the size of your servings
Calories: 762kcal
Ingredients
Einkorn Crust
  • 2 cups Einkorn all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 - 2 tsp real salt
  • 2 Tbs unsalted butter
  • ½ cup buttermilk - or whole milk (any milk you use will work)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water
Casserole Ingredients
  • 1 - 2 lbs ground meat depending on your preferences. - We use 3/4 – 1 pound because this is one way we save money on groceries.
  • 1 cup sour cream - You can also use 1/2 cup sour cream and 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 16 ounces cheese, shredded and divided into two 1 cup portions. - I use any cheese I have in the fridge. Usually this is cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, or Colby Jack Combo. Use your favorite cheese or cheeses.
  • 1 medium onion, chopped - Chop to the size you like. We like medium thick pieces of onion.
  • 2 - 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 14 ounce can of organic diced tomatoes - If you use fresh tomatoes, finely dice two medium tomatoes or one large one.
  • 15 ounce can organic pinto/black bean mix - Sometimes I use corn or both corn and beans
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped. - I often use Scotch Bonnet Peppers because they’re my favorite. Use any pepper you enjoy
  • 1 - 2 tsps real salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ - ½ tsp red pepper
  • ¼ - ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 - 2 tsp cumin
Instructions
  • Lightly coat the bottom and sides of a 9″ cast iron skillet or your casserole dish. You could use butter or oil. I use Avocado oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine first 3 ingredients
  • Remove butter from fridge and cut into small pieces.
  • Using a hand-held pastry blender or fork, or your fingers (which I usually do) combine butter with flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
    Do not mix too long or the butter will soften too much before baking and you don’t want this to happen.
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and add the buttermilk and 1/4 cup of water and mix with a pastry blender (I received this one for my birthday a few years ago and it is my go to hand tool) or you can use your spoon.
  • If the dough is too dry and crumbly, add a little water and combine. Repeat as necessary to get a moist dough that can be easily handled. This can be tricky. You don’t want the dough to be too wet or too dry.
  • Next place the dough ball into the skillet or casserole dish and begin pressing it into the pan to cover the bottom and sides.
  • Let it rest for 15 minutes while you prepare the rest of your casserole ingredients.
Casserole Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large skillet, brown the beef until done. Use your spatula or spoon to chop the meat into small pieces as it cooks.
  • When the meat is browned, add all of the seasonings and garlic to it and sautee for 1 min.
  • Then add ¼ cup water. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Pour the meat evenly over the dough in your skillet or dish.
  • Drain the can of tomatoes and pour them over the meat distributing them evenly. Keep the juice to drink or refrigerate/freeze it to use in another recipe later. If you use fresh tomatoes, add the tomatoes and juice to the pan.
  • Drain the beans and distribute them evenly over the top of the tomato layer.
  • Sprinkle one cup of the cheese on top of the bean layer.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the chopped onions and peppers then evenly sprinkle them over the cheese layer.
  • Spread the sour cream over the layer of peppers and onions. If you use 1/2 sour cream 1/2 homemade mayonnaise, combine them in a bowl and then spread them on top of the pepper and onion layer.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cup of cheese on top.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cheese is melted and the center of the casserole is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and let it sit for 5 minutes to set before dishing it up!

Notes

  • You can easily customize your casserole just add more or less of the ingredients based on your family’s preferences. Replace the beans with corn or with a preferred vegetable or leave it out.
  • Here’s a simple guideline: Whatever works for you in a taco will work in this casserole.
  • The Einkorn crust will be sticky, so it might tricky to spread into the pan. Here’s a tip: place a piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and press it into the skillet or dish.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
John Wayne Casserole with Einkorn Crust
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
762
Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
56
g
86
%
Saturated Fat
 
26
g
163
%
Trans Fat
 
2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
21
g
Cholesterol
 
192
mg
64
%
Sodium
 
2495
mg
108
%
Potassium
 
884
mg
25
%
Carbohydrates
 
17
g
6
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
46
g
92
%
Vitamin A
 
1335
IU
27
%
Vitamin C
 
29
mg
35
%
Calcium
 
480
mg
48
%
Iron
 
6
mg
33
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.