Cheesy Beef Enchilada Casserole

Marcia McCance

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@mmccance

I know I got this one from a co-worker in the 70's when working at the Newspaper in Salt Lake City because it is still written on the back of a grid sheet! LOL

What makes it unique (and hard to find a picture of... LOL) is that it has no beans but does have three kinds of cheese, including cottage cheese -- making it like a Mexican Lasagna... almost.

When I dream of an enchilada casserole -- this is the one that dangles in my head.

You can substitute corn chips (faster) for the tortillas and not affect it too much.

Enjoy!


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Bake

Ingredients

1 lb
ground beef
1 pkg
taco seasoning mix (any brand)
1 medium
onion, chopped
1 clove
garlic, minced
1 can(s)
12-oz tomato paste (15 oz can of tomato sauce may substitute for paste and water)
1 c
water
1 can(s)
4-oz chopped green chiles, drained
1/2 c
sliced ripe olives
1/2 tsp
salt
2
whole eggs
2 c
cottage cheese (16 oz)
8 oz
monteray jack cheese, shredded (or queso)
10 oz
corn tortillas, quartered (can use chips if desire)
1 c
shredded cheddar cheese
1
small carton sour cream

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Crumble and saute meat with onion and garlic till browned in a cast iron skillet (or equivalent) Add the taco seasoning according to the packet instructions
2
Add tomato paste, water, chilies, olives and salt -- simmer till bubbly
3
In a separate bowl, beat eggs, add the cottage cheese and set aside
4
LAYER in 9x14 baking dish:
1/3 meat,
1/2 of jack cheese,
1/2 cottage cheese,
1/2 tortillas
REPEAT: ending with meat on top
5
Sprinkle top with cheddar cheese and Spanish olives
6
Bake 350, about 20-25 minutes -- till cheese is melted on top and casserole is heated through (will be a little bubbly)
7
Use the sour cream as a garnish when serving.

Serve with fresh green salad to complete the meal.
8
NOTE: I often use a 15 oz can of tomato sauce rather than the tomato paste and water because it speeds things up and tastes just as good.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom