Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Heartier Fare

The onset of fall marks a change in the foods that I prepare for dinner. Gone are the light meals and out come the recipes for soups, stews, chili and heartier fare.

One of my favorite fall dishes is Mexican Lasagne. I thought you might like to try it.


1 large package corn tortillas
1 small can diced green chilies
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 1/2 lb. hamburger
1 package taco mix
Small amount of oil for frying

Gather together all your ingredients.


Brown the ground beef in a skillet, drain off the fat, add the taco seasoning mix and cook according to the package directions.


Next we're going to soften the tortillas. I start with a dozen. Put each tortilla into a pan with a small amount of oil heated over medium high heat. It will only take about 5 seconds on each side. We don't want them to get crispy, just soft. Drain well and stack on a plate.


Now it's time to start assembling the dish. Spread a small amount of enchilada sauce on the bottom of the casserole dish.


First is a layer of tortillas. Notice that I've cut some to fit into the odd spaces.


Next is a layer of the meat mixture dotted with some of the green chilies.


Place another layer of tortillas on top of the meat. Cover this with a layer of the beans and some cheese. Continue layering, ending with tortillas topped with enchilada sauce. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 minutes or until hot and bubbly. You can top with cheese in the last few minutes of baking.


In order to maintain your energy levels while assembling the casserole eat a pumpkin donut.


You can easily change up this recipe by omitting the meat, using black beans or refried beans. Get creative!


Laura said...

That sounds delicious! I will have to put that on my list for fall foods. Thanks for sharing! :-)

chocolatechic said...

Would you come make this for me?

I don't feel like cooking today.

PS. I am so glad you are enjoying your ice cream maker.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I just made a casserole similar to this last week - my husband ate every bite! blessings, marlene


You're playing my song! (ya, I've claimed it as mine and mine alone). This recipe is one my family will just love. Thanks.

Lena . . . said...

Sounds delicious. I especially like the pat about eating th pumpkin doughnut.

Karen said...

Oh, that does look good.

Off to the fridge to add some of those ingredients to my shopping list !!!

I've actually got myself organised and bought this magnetised shopping list for my fridge. Now all I have to do, is train J to use it !!!

Heather said...

Oh, I LOVE new recipes. I'm so going to try this!!

Suzanne said...

Laura - I hope your family likes this recipe.

Chocolatechic- If I leave now, I can be there by Wednesday evening. I'm going crazy with my ice cream machine. The basil-lemon sorbet is my favorite so far.

Marlene - My family make quite a dent in the casserole. Thankfully there's enough left for my lunch today.

Liberty - Ooooops....BUSTED!!! You've put me on to some great music. Take a bow.

Lena - Yeah, the pumpkin donut was great. Those disappeared really fast.

Karen - Shopping list??? What good are they? I always forget and leave mine at home.

Heather - let me know if your family likes it.

Thanks everyone for visiting and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Hmmmm, looks delicious! And I so know what you mean about keepin your energy levels up with a pumpkin donut. Smart thinking!

LDF said...

Ooh, that looks yummers (I'm at the office without a lunch today ...)

Mary said...

have the ingredients on my list. It is shopping day at the Jewel tomorrow. It sounds so good. Have you ever done it ahead of time and baked off later?

Allena said...

YUMMO! i'm so making this tomorrow. i can't wait i'm actualy drooling!

Karen said...

Well ... that was one of this year's New Year's resolutions - to make a shopping list and not leave it at home.

It's probably telling, that I only got around to buying a magnetised shopping list for the fridge, last week.

Mamahut said...

That looks yummers. I do a chicken enchilada's similar to that. Thanks for the dinner idea tonight!

Ladygrande (Texas Marie) said...

Here in Texas we make a King Ranch Chicken recipe that is similar..it's good, too..

Where are the pumpkin donuts, please!!!???