Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna/Casserole

2 pounds ground beef
1 can (16 ounces) refried beans
1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies(optional)
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 tablespoons hot salsa(optional)
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese,divided (or mild cheddar cheese)
12 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles or egg noodles
1 jar (16 ounces) mild salsa
2 cups water
2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained(optional)
3 green onions, chopped(optional)
1 medium tomato, chopped, optional

In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, chilies, taco seasoning and hot salsa. In a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish, layer a third of the noodles and meat mixture. Sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese. Repeat layers twice. Combine mild salsa and water; pour over top. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 hour or until heated through. Top with sour cream, olives, onions, tomatoes if desired and remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 5 minutes longer. Let stand for 10-15 minutes before cutting.

NOTES: I love this recipe and how I can change it to meet my family's tastes. One can make it with all the toppings or without them! One can use different heats of salsa depending on how hot one desires.

I love using wide egg noodles or even strips of tortilla shells instead of lasagna noodles. I have also used mild cheddar cheese instead of the blend cheese with great results. Also I have only used ground beef but I am sure that one could use chicken or ground turkey in place of the ground beef and get good results as well.

This recipe can also be made ahead.

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photo courtesy: Taste of Home


Julie said...

Oh my word, this sounds yummy! I love lasagna and mexican food so this is ideal! thanks!

Sherry said...

Oooh, I might make this for Cinco de Mayo!

bigbinder said...

This looks so yummy! I just made a similar dish last night - I totally agree about changing it to suit my family's taste - and also what happens to be hanging around the 'fridge needing to be used up :)

Judy said...

This sounds good. The only change I would make is to use chicken instead. Yummy.

Claudia's Irish Eyes said...

This sounds like a great recipe, thanks for sharing it.

Kirby3131 said...

This would be good for me to take to my monthly potluck gatherings. Yum! Thanks so much.

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Mmmm, this looks great. Mexican Lasagna is a favorite around here!

Sharinskishe said...

This looks delicious! Anything Mexican is a go for me.

Thanks for sharing.


Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Looks wonderful!!!!!!! Can't wait to make this.

Brenda said...

This looks really good, I expected it to use tortillas but it uses lasagna noodles, nice!

Jenileigh said...

Mmmm this looks so good!

Rachel said...

That picture is simply stunning and the recipe sounds delicious!
Thanks so much for sharing! I could definitely see this showing up on my table soon!

Emily @ Marvelous Recipes said...

I made lasagna for dinner last night. Your recipe sounds similar yet different. Thanks for sharing.