Michelle Johnson, who joins Glimmerglass this summer in the title role of Aida, shared one of her favorite recipes with us, Black-Eyed Pea Casserole – just in time for Thanksgiving!


1 pound ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups cooked black-eyed peas
1 medium jalapeno, diced
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes (recommended: Ro-tel)
1 (10-ounce) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (10-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1 (10-ounce) can mild enchilada sauce
A few dashes of Louisiana hot sauce
1 package corn tortillas
2 cups grated cheddar
Chopped green onions, for garnish


Brown the ground beef in large skillet. Drain the excess grease and the add onion, garlic and jalapeno. Cook the mixture for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion has softened. Add the peas, tomatoes, mushroom soup, chicken soup and enchilada sauce. Add a few dashes of hot sauce. Simmer until warm, about 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350⁰ F.

Tear the tortillas into large pieces. Grease the bottom of a large casserole dish with butter and then line the bottom with the torn tortilla pieces. Spoon on the ground beef mixture into a thin layer and then add a layer of cheese. Add another layer of tortillas and repeat with the beef mixture, finishing with a layer of cheese on top. Cover the casserole dish with foil to prevent the cheese from burning and place in the oven. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from the oven, cut slices approximately 2 by 2 inches and serve. Garnish with chopped green onion.

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