October 09, 2012

Mexican Lasagna - No pasta lasagna

Mmmmmexican Lasagna!  A family favorite!

This recipe has been posted twice since 2006 but we just had it again last night by request from my teenager.  It's the second time in 2 weeks!  She loves it that much.  It's an easy recipe and allows you to make so many personal changes!  Using more or less of an ingredient doesn't really make any difference and you can add or delete if you know your family loves something you think would make a great addition.  Make it with ground beef or diced, cooked chicken, leftover chicken you've shredded, ground turkey, even beans.  Add olives or sliced jalapenos on top... or not.  Change what you wish within reason - this recipe can take it.  We opt for low-carb, 0 sugar tortillas and I use my own homemade taco seasoning mix. 

Mexican Lasagna

1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, chicken, turkey, etc.
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 t seasoned salt
2 cups diced tomatoes
1 T jalapeno's, diced fine
1 T onion, diced  
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste with 2 1/2 empty cans of water OR use 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 1/2 c sour cream  OR  ricotta or cottage cheese
2 eggs
10 flour tortillas (any style - low carb, etc. is fine too)
2 1/2 - 3 c shredded cheese

Cook the ground beef (if you are using) and drain.  If you are using already cooked beef, chicken, etc. place it in a large pan on the stove top.  When hot, add the taco seasoning, salt, tomatoes, paste and water or tomato sauce, jalapeno's and onions if you are using them.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce and simmer about 10 minutes while you mix the sour cream OR ricotta/cottage cheese with the eggs in a bowl.  Preheat the oven to 375.

Spread half the meat mixture in a 9X13 inch pan.  Cut your flour tortilla in half.  Layer about 5 of them over the meat.  Spread half the sour cream or cottage cheese mixture over the tortillas.  Sprinkle with half the shredded cheese.  Repeat the layers with the rest of the meat, tortillas, sour cream or cheese mixture and top with the rest of the shredded cheese.  You can now use green olives or black olives on top if your family likes them.

Bake uncovered about 25-30 minutes until golden brown, bubbly and hot.  Let it stand 10 minutes to 'set up' for easier cutting.  You can serve this as is or offer sour cream, guacamole, salsa, etc.

I used cooked, leftover chicken.  But you can make this with ground beef too.

Your flour tortillas become the lasagna noodles

Let stand about 10 minutes for easier cutting

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