California (Mexican) Tortilla Casserole
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.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- 3⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1⁄2 cup sliced black olives (extra may be offered for garnish)
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
- 12 corn tortillas, quartered
- 2 cups small curd cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 8 ounces sliced monterey jack cheese
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- sour cream (optional)
- extra sliced black olives (optional)
- chopped green onion (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°; Grease (or spray with non-stick pan spray) a 3qt casserole dish; set aside.
- 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.
- Add tomato sauce, sugar, salt, olives, and green chiles; simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.
- Beat cottage cheese and egg together until blended.
- 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.
- Continue layering with remaining jack cheese, c/c, remaining tortillas, ending with remaining 1/3 meat; sprinkle top with cheddar cheese.
- 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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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!Reply