Mexican Lasagna August 6, 2014

Filed under: Casseroles,Main Dishes,Recipes,Tasty Side Dishes — Susan @ 4:08 pm

Hello Friends!  

     I am sorry I haven't posted in a while.  Being a new puppy mom is proving to be a lot of work.  If I go in my sewing room to work on something, she generally raids my closet, pulls on every cord she can find etc.  She's adorable though, and we wouldn't trade her for the world. Anyway, I thought I'd post this awesome casserole that is sure to please.  Feel free to be creative with this by using pre-made products from your grocer, or your own leftovers.  This make look hard, but it's really not!  It has awesome flavor too!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna Ingredients:

Meat Mixture:  Use these seasonings, OR a packet of your favorite taco or chili seasoning mix.
1 lb ground beef
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp sea salt
1 small onion diced
1 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

Fry the meat mixture in saucepan until meat is fully cooked.  I actually cooked mine in a microwaveable bowl for 6 minutes.  I stopped & stirred it at the 3 minute point.  Set aside.

For this step, you can use leftover chili, or in this case I used :
16 oz can of Hormel Chili 
16 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 cup water

Mix these ingredients in a bowl, & I chose to microwave it for about 3 minutes so it spreads easily on the tortillas.

Make some rice in your microwave.
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
1 tsp olive oil
Cook in microwave for 12 minutes.
Additional ingredients for your layers:
4 large round flour tortillas
1 lb grated cheddar cheese

You'll need a large round baking pan (you can use square or oblong, but round is perfect for this recipe).  Spray the bottom & sides with non-stick cooking spray.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Time to assemble your layers.

-I start by putting a thin layer of the sauce in the bottom of the pan.
-Next place a tortilla in the pan.
-Spoon on some of your sauce mixture.
-Spread some of the meat mixture over the top of that.
-Sprinkle some cheese over the meat.
-Spoon cooked rice over the cheese.
Then repeat your layers again.  Your last ingredient will be the 4th tortilla.  I topped mine with the grated cheddar for the final step.  

Cover with foil & bake at 350 degrees for an hour.  Remove foil to lightly brown the cheese for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, and let stand for 10 minutes.  Serve with lettuce, tomatoes, sliced black olives, onion, quacamole, sour cream, salsa, nacho chips…whatever you'd like!  ENJOY!