Yes you read that right, I said Taco Lasagna. I enjoy trying to come up with new ways to present different dishes. This time I thought it would be good to make something with that Tex Mex flavor but be presented in an all in one meal like lasagna, so I combined the ingredients for tacos and came up with a fun way to put it together to mimic the looks of lasagna. Here is what you need.
2 lbs lean ground beef
18 small corn tortillas
4 fresh jalapenos (seeded and diced)
1 medium white onion (diced)
1 10 ounce can of Rotel tomatoes and green chilies
8 ounces of sharp shredded cheddar
10 ounces of part skim queso fresco (crumbled into small pieces)
1 can of low fat refried beans
8 ounces of sour cream (I used low fat)
1/2 cup Fresh cilantro (finely chopped)
1/2 cup Green onion (finely chopped)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of chili powder
2 tablespoons of black pepper
1 tablespoon of kosher salt
2 tablespoons of minced garlic
Prep and cooking
In a large skillet heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion and jalapeno until the onion starts to turn clear. Then add the garlic and ground beef. Once the beef is browned add in the can of Rotel and the spices and stir together. Now add the can of refried beans and stir all together. This will make a nice thick mixture that you will use as filling for the lasagna. Set that aside and get ready to start assembling.
Now it is time to assemble the lasagna. In a large (5 quart) baking dish thoroughly coat the bottom and sides with a non stick cooking spray. Now lay out 6 corn tortillas to cover the bottom. Spread out a layer of the meat mixture about 1/2 inch thick on top of the tortillas (you will use about half of the meat) Now add a thin coating of sour cream and then cover that with about half of the queso fresco. Add another layer of six tortillas and repeat the layering process. After the second layer is done add the last six tortillas and then cover with any left over queso and sour cream. For the final step you will want to cover the top with the shredded cheddar and then add the diced onion and cilantro to finish it off.
Stick this in a preheated to 350 degree oven uncovered for about an hour (or until the cheese on top starts to brown slightly. All that is left to do is let t cool a bit and then cut it into nice square servings just like lasagna. It is great by itself or covered with a little salsa.
I hope you like this one. It is a fun way to put a twist on something the whole family should enjoy.
Thanks for reading,