Southwestern Lasagna Recipe
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Southwestern Lasagna Recipe

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I first tasted this lasagna at a church potluck more than 20 years ago. I asked for the recipe and have made it many times since. It's one of our favorites.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) enchilada sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup 4% cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced
  • 8 corn tortillas (8 inches), halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 418 calories, 23g fat (11g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 970mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, brown beef and onion until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the enchilada sauce, tomatoes, olives, salt, garlic powder and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cottage cheese and egg; set aside. Spread one-third of the meat sauce in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Top with half the Monterey Jack cheese, half the cottage cheese mixture and half the tortillas. Repeat layers, ending with meat sauce. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Southwestern Lasagna in Country Extra July 1997, p49

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AnnetteChr User ID: 7289808 19471
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2013

"My family loves this and is always begging me to make it again."

mrscornine User ID: 5651061 42482
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2011

"Followed recipe exactly, except used 2lb of hamburger (that is how we have it packaged when we have beef processed.) My husband and 9 yr old daughter loved it. New favorite in our home."

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