South of the Border Lasagna

This recipe tastes great, makes a ton, and freezes well. It can go straight from the freezer to the oven or can be defrosted before cooking. It’s something different, and the one way that Mike will eat cottage cheese ;o)

2 lbs ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1-2 cloves minced garlic
2 Tbs. chili powder
3 c. tomato sauce (two 15 oz. cans)
1 tsp. sugar
1 Tbs. salt
½ c. sliced black olives
1 can chopped mild green chilies (4 oz.)
12 corn tortillas
vegetable oil
2 c. small curd cottage cheese
1 egg, beaten
8 oz. grated Monterrey Jack
1 c. grated Cheddar

Preheat oven to 350. Brown meat and drain. Add onions and garlic and cook until soft and translucent. Add chili powder and mix well. Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt, olives and green chilies, then simmer 15 minutes. While simmering, soften tortillas in hot oil and drain on paper towels. Beat egg, mix in cottage cheese and set aside. In a 9 x 13 pan, layer 1/3 meat mixture, ½ Monterrey Jack, ½ cottage cheese, ½ tortillas. Repeat layers. End with meat sauce on top and cover with grated cheddar. Bake 30 min, mostly covered with aluminum foil. Serves 8-10.

7 responses to “South of the Border Lasagna

  1. Sounds yummy! :) I’m curious how spicy it is? I have a pitiful tolerance for spice.

  2. It’s not very spicy at all, buy you could cut down on the chili powder if you wanted. The green chilies really don’t add heat, just flavor.

  3. Laura Leigh

    This looks really yummy. I have two pounds of ground beef in my freezer that it calling for it. Post the spinach and artichoke dip recipe! That was delicious!

  4. Thanks for posting this recipe! I notice that it is gluten-free. We’ll be trying it soon. :)

  5. A quick note to those of you who are trying this: if you want it to be really structured, use more corn tortillas. It’s a little goopier than regular lasagna the way it is, but we don’t mind that ourselves…

    LL – next week, Spinach Artichoke dip!

  6. You also don’t need to soften the corn tortillas if you don’t want to, and that reduces the oil/fat etc.

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