Mexican Delicata Squash and Black Bean Casserole

This easy-peasey Mexican Delicata Squash and Black Bean Casserole recipe is a great way to enjoy any winter squash – not just delicata! Try it with butternut or acorn too.

Mexican Delicata Squash and Black Bean Casserole
 

Ingredients
  • 2 delicata squash, peeled (optional) and diced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pint mini peppers, roughly chopped
  • Handful tomatillos, roughly chopped
  • 2 jalapenos, cored and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons high heat oil (such as sunflower oil)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • sprinkle of salt & pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of your favorite salsa
  • 8 small or 6 large corn tortillas; cut into quarters
  • 1 and ½ cups shredded Mexican cheese

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F then place the squash, onion, garlic, jalapeno, mini pepper and tomatillos in a 9 x 13” baking dish and toss with high heat oil. Sprinkle with cumin, salt & pepper (to taste) then mix until evenly distributed.
  2. Roast vegetables in the oven for about 40 to 45 minutes, until the squash is tender. Remove from oven then lower temperature to 350°F. Transfer the roasted vegetables to a large bowl along with 1 cup salsa, drained and rinsed black beans.
  3. Using the same baking dish that you roasted the veggies in, prepare the casserole by spreading a thin layer of the salsa along the bottom, then cover with a layer of tortillas. Top the tortillas with ⅓ of the roasted vegetable mixture then ½ cup cheese. Layer tortillas on top of the vegetables. Top with a thin layer of the salsa and another ⅓ of the roasted vegetables then ½ cup shredded cheese. Lastly, add the last of the tortillas, a thin layer of salsa and the last ⅓ of the vegetables on top.
  4. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until light golden brown on top.
  5. Allow it to cool for at least five to ten minutes then cut into squares and serve.
  6. Garnish with guacamole or sour cream if you like.