Mexican Lasagna

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When it comes to family dinner ideas, lasagna always seems to be an all-time favourite recipe. All of the gooey cheese, zesty tomato sauce and vegetables with the noodles all come together to make a delicious, casserole recipe. While lasagna is originally an Italian dish, there are other variations on the recipe including this Mexican lasagna recipe or a Mexican casserole or Stacked Enchiladas. Lasagne was first made in Italy during the Middle Ages in the city of Naples. The first written version of the recipe was found in the Liber de Coquina from the 14th century. The original lasagna recipe from Naples, Italy was called Lasagne di Carnevale and consisted of sausage, small meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheeses with some tomato sauce. Thank goodness there are no hard boiled eggs in modern-day lasagnas, although it might be interesting to try one of the original recipes. This particular lasagna recipe is made with ingredients that are more Mexican like corn tortillas, ground beef, beans, green chiles, salsa, and cheese.

So if you love Mexican food and casserole recipes, this dish would be perfect for you since it has all of the best ingredients put together in one recipe. Instead of the tomato sauce, they use salsa and instead of the ricotta and mozzarella cheese they use mild cheddar and jack. This is a great dish to bring to any potluck or gathering, and it's certainly great for family dinners too. The great thing is, like most easy dinner ideas, this one is very simple to prepare. The prep time is only 10 minutes, the cooking time is just an 1 hour and 40 minutes, and it serves about 8 people. You want to choose your corn tortillas carefully though because some of the thinner ones won't hold up in this recipe. So make sure that you use the thicker yellow corn tortillas. But also be sure to soften them first too by putting them in the oven in some aluminium foil with a bit of damp paper towel with them.

First, you brown the ground beef with some olive oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Then season it with some salt and chilli powder, cayenne, cumin, and coriander. Once it's all cooked up, you can remove it from the pan so it doesn't keep cooking. Then sautee two onions with some garlic, bell peppers, tomatoes, chiles and oregano. Then, in a casserole dish, you can start layering the tortillas with beans then the meat, then the cheese, and sauce. Keep layering until all of the ingredients are gone. Then bake the casserole on the middle rack of your oven for 35 minutes, to heat the casserole all the way through and so that the cheese is completely melted. Let the casserole stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. You can even serve with some avocado, sour cream, cilantro, lettuce, spinach and fresh salsa too. This would make it really fun for the kids to dress up their own plates with their own toppings. This would also be a great meal idea to make ahead of time and then freeze to reheat to have in store for those hectic days when you need a quick meal idea. The leftovers would also be great to take for lunch the following day as well, and just heat up in the microwave. Try this and other great easy dinner ideas and casserole recipes from Simply Recipes. There are tons of great ideas including more dinner recipes, snack recipes, breakfast ideas, lunch ideas and even yummy desserts including double chocolate cupcakes that look amazing.***

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