Recipe Exchange: Mexican lasagna casserole a versatile favorite

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 27, 2014 

Susan Lanahan, executive administrative assistant at North Coast Credit Union in Bellingham, shares her Mexican lasagna casserole recipe, a favorite in the credit union's annual Relay for Life Bake Sale.

The credit union is hosting the annual Bite of Skagit July 26. The event benefits the Skagit Food Distribution Center with funds raised going to buy produce from local farmers for food banks and meals on wheels programs. Last year it raised $25,000.

Lanahan says she likes her Mexican lasagna casserole because it's yummy, can be prepared in advance and freezes well. She says the hardest part of preparing this dish is cooking the chicken. And she has a great cheat for that: "I buy a whole roasted chicken from Haggen and shred that."

INGREDIENTS

1 pound chicken (or hamburger, shredded beef, turkey, etc.)

24 ounces tomato sauce

32 ounces cottage cheese

1 package corn tortillas

1/2 small can of chopped green chilies (or more to taste)

1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained

1 package taco seasoning

2/3 cup of water

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

3 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

Sour cream (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

In a bowl, combine cottage cheese and mozzarella and set it aside.

Brown or cook meat, stir in taco seasoning, which usually calls for 2/3 cup of water. Add chilies to taste. Add black beans. Stir and let simmer until most of the moisture is gone.

Pour the tomato sauce on a plate so you can dip each side of the tortillas in the sauce.

Cover the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish with tomato sauce-dipped tortillas. You may have to cut some tortillas in half to cover the entire dish.

Place a layer of the meat-black bean mixture over the sauced tortillas.

Place a layer of the cottage cheese-mozzarella mixture over the meat layer.

Repeat the sauced-tortilla, meat and cheese layers.

Place one final layer of sauced tortillas and top with shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake for about 30 minutes.

Top with sour cream, if desired.

SERVINGS

Makes nine to 12 servings.

EVENT

North Coast Credit Union will host the annual Bite of Skagit from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Swinomish Casino and Lodge Waterfront Park, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes. For information on sponsoring or participating, please contact Carol Anderson at 360-395-4009 or canderson@northcoastcu.com. For more on Bite of Skagit, go to biteofskagit.org.

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