Mexican Lasagna

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Earlier today I planned meals for everyday this week. I then typed up the recipes and created a shopping list.

I headed out to Shop-N-Save this afternoon and bought all of the items that I would need for the whole week even though I did forget hamburger buns.

Anyway, today we decided to start off with Mexican Lasagna. Here is what I started with:

1-1 1/2lbs lean hamburger meat
1 container cottage cheese
1 jar salsa
1 package Mexican style cheese
1 can refried beans
1 package lasagna

Taco seasoning for meat
Onion for meat and to layer
Lettuce to layer
Tomatoes to layer
Sour cream to dip
Extra salsa to dip

How I did it:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

#1 I browned the ground beef and added some onions to it.

#2 While the hamburger meat was cooking, I let the lasagna noodles sit in hot water. (Got this idea from Nickie at

#3 After the onions and ground beef were cooked, I then added 1 can of refried beans and 1 jar of salsa and let them simmer together.

#4 After the meat, salsa and beans simmered for 2-3 minutes I pulled it off of the burner and added a container of cottage cheese.

#5 After pulling the meat mixture off the oven, I drained the lasagna noodles and started layering everything in a 9x13 baking dish.


Meat mixture (beef, salsa, beans, onions and cottage cheese)

Layered with cheese

After all of the layering, I topped everything with tomatoes, onions and lettuce.

#6 Finally, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take the foil off and bake another 5 minutes or so.

I served the Mexican Lasagna with a side of Mexican rice.

And now, time for the Review:

Overall, the family gave this meal a thumbs up. Everyone ate it and Scott and I had extra servings. If I were to make this meal again, though, I think I would add the taco seasoning to the meat. It seemed that there may have been a touch of flavor missing. Or, I might add a can of rotel to give the meat a little zing. I followed Nickie's advice in not cooking the lasagna noodles and I think I should have at least blanched them a bit or let the dish bake for a few minutes longer. There were areas of the dish in which the lasagna noodles were a little chewy and hard; however, I have made a similar dish before where the recipe called for tortillas and the tortillas were so soggy after baking that the texture was really off-putting so I would definitly use the lasagna noodles over tortillas.

All in all, I think this was a successful meal. My children ate it and it was something different.


yvonne said...

did you bake it with the lettuce and toms on it already or put them on after it came out??

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