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Baked Mexican Lasagna Recipe

This recipe is simple enough for a young cook—such as my 12-year-old daughter—but it'll satisfy the heartiest appetites. And Mexican Lasagna looks as great as it tastes. This south-of-the-border-style casserole is a family favorite in our Southern home—give it a try!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 10 to 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) small curd 4% cottage cheese, drained
  • 1 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sliced ripe olives

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add the cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, cayenne, salt, pepper and tomatoes; heat through. Cover bottom and sides of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish with tortillas.
  • 2. Pour beef mixture over tortillas; place a layer of tortillas over meat mixture and set aside. Combine cottage cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and egg; pour over tortillas.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle rows of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, green onions and olives diagonally across center of casserole. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1-1/2 cups) equals 381 calories, 19 g fat (10 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 785 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.