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    California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole

    California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole. Photo by TigerJo~

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    1 hr 35 mins

    1 hr 5 mins

    30 mins

    TigerJo~'s Note:

    This recipe came from a dietitian I know; her original recipe came from Bon Appetit. I haven't made this for awhile, but I tried to include the time it takes to slice and grate the cheeses within the prep time. Total servings should be at least six, perhaps eight.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350°; Grease (or spray with non-stick pan spray) a 3qt casserole dish; set aside.
    2. 2
      In large skillet, saute beef with onion and garlic over medium heat (in batches if necessary) and drain; sprinkle chili powder over meat and mix well.
    3. 3
      Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt, olives, and green chiles; simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.
    4. 4
      Beat cottage cheese and egg together until blended.
    5. 5
      In bottom of 3qt casserole dish, spread 1/3 of meat; layer with half of jack cheese, half cottage cheese& egg, half tortillas, then next 3rd of meat.
    6. 6
      Continue layering with remaining jack cheese, c/c, remaining tortillas, ending with remaining 1/3 meat; sprinkle top with cheddar cheese.
    7. 7
      Bake, uncovered, at 350° until thoroughly heated and cheese is melted; serve with sour cream, sliced black olives and green onion if desired (recommended).

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 09, 2008


      I absolutely loved this recipe. I, too, left out the olives, as I don't like them. The other review suggested using tortilla chips, so I did that. It was crunchy and PERFECT. I think Fritos would have been just as good, but I enjoyed the tortilla chips. Thank you SO much for the great recipe. I'm sure we're going to make this very often. Update: Have I mentioned that I love this stuff? I could seriously eat the whole freakin' dish of it. I thought I would throw a suggestion in there, though, for those who like things pretty spicy like me. I doubled the green chilies, and it was perfectly spicy. Yum, yum!

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    • on May 10, 2007


      We really enjoyed this recipe. I did leave off the olives, as we don't care for them. The tortillas got a little soggy, so I think next time I will use tortilla chips or fritos. Great dinner option! Thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole

    Serving Size: 1 (523 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 821.8
    Calories from Fat 437
    Total Fat 48.5 g
    Saturated Fat 23.3 g
    Cholesterol 204.7 mg
    Sodium 1975.7 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 39.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.6 g
    Sugars 8.4 g
    Protein 58.2 g

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