Taco Lasanga Casserole: Lasagna on a Taco Tuesday

June 29, 2022

Who doesn’t love tacos? It is likely one of the most loved and easy meals to make, however eating the same kind of tacos over and over again each week can become a bit boring. In my quests to change it up and in keeping food exciting not only for myself but for those around me, I took to the internet. So many recipes and so many variations exist in today's technology driven society, seriously it's enough to make your head spin and keep your mouth on constant water mode, figuratively speaking. After being fulfilled in the inspiration department I went to my kitchen and through together my own rendition of Taco Lasagna, not knowing if my family would like it but adhering to my eat it or starve stance, I set it before my pickiest eater and held my breath. Luckily not only did she approve but the rest of my family approved as well, so much so that it has become a family favorite that results in zero leftovers. I made this dish for Danielle and her family several weeks ago and they all seemed to enjoy it, so while I'm out here on the east coast somewhere in rural Delaware visiting my children's paternal grandparents, I decided I'd make this for them as well. I usually try to cook at least one good meal out here, just as a thank you each time I come out. So, lets dive in and get ready to eat, here is what you'll need:

2 lbs ground beef



1 ½ packets taco seasoning of your choice


1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream


1 large jar of your favorite salsa, I'm using a fresh salsa this time but Im partial to the Muir Glen and Mateo Salsas


1 bell pepper, diced


1 onion, diced- I like a red onion for this


4 cloves of garlic- chopped


Garlic Powder


1 Bunch Cilantro- chopped


4 Green Onions- chopped


1 Egg- beaten


Tortillas- about 8 large and 4 small or 12 large with some of them cut in half. Depends on the baking dish you use.


Mexican cheese blend of your choice- I like to use Cotija cheese along with my blend


Your deepest baking dish


Olive oil or Ghee


Black Pepper to taste


Optional-


Avocado


Sour cream


Salsa, Green Onions, chopped lettuce, Diced Tomatoes and Cilantro for garnish.


Blue corn tortilla chips, about a sandwich bag full- broken


Limes- Halved


This is a really easy dish to assemble which is probably another reason why I like it so much, as a mom of 3 I love easy dishes that cover all the nutritional bases. I use my turkey roasting pan for this dish as I know I need to make a lot of it to satisfy my family. I start out by spreading a little ghee all around my pan to prevent any sticking and promote a crunchy shell then I layer my large tortillas overlapping around the pan, I prefer to have no spaces or holes but that’s okay if you do. Then in a large pot brown the ground beef with your onion, and bell pepper adding in your taco seasoning, extra garlic and garlic powder when the onion is translucent, a more flavorful variation would be caramelizing your onion and pepper separately and adding to your ground beef mixture at the end or even in your layering, for simplicity and cleaning purposes I just cook it all together. Next up, turn down the heat to a simmer and add your salsa, the whole jar and then add the heavy whipping cream. Once that is all incorporated you can start adding some cheese, I usually do about 2 handfuls of the cotija cheese and a handful of the Mexican blend. Give this mixture a good stir and remove from heat. In a bowl, whisk one egg and slowly incorporate to your beef sauce, this acts as a glue so make sure you are not cooking your egg doing this, in my experience the heavy whipping cream brings down the temp to just warm. Finally add a small handful of cilantro, a squeeze of lime and give another good stir. If you feel your sauce is not saucy enough, just add more heavy whipping cream and adjust your seasoning. My measurements are estimates as I really measure with my eyes and heart.


Now it is time to assemble, preheat your oven to 350 and in your tortilla lined pan, add a layer of your beef sauce, I prefer for this to be my thickest layer but it's your preference on how you wish to assemble. On top of my first layer of beef sauce I sprinkle more cheese, more cilantro, and some chopped green onions. Top with another layer of tortillas and repeat until you run out of beef sauce. This makes about 3-4 layers and in my middle layer I like to add another squeeze of lime, and a sprinkling of tortilla chips to add more crunch. Sometimes if I have a little salsa in another jar, I pour that on the very top before baking along with my remaining tortilla chips and of course a healthy layer of cheese. Bake for about 45 minutes to ensure its heated through and then after letting it rest another few minutes garnish with the toppings of your choice or keep those to the side and enjoy! Happy Eating.


-Sarah

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