Still needing something for dinner though, I fell back to an old standby which uses only a few simple ingredients, but tastes AWESOME!
Presenting: Mexican Lasagna!
(which actually has no noodles in it. And no Mexicans were harmed in the making of this dish.)
- A package of ground beef. (Use lean or medium. Don't worry about the size much - a $4 pack is going to be ample unless you're doubling the recipe.)
- A package of taco seasoning. I use Old El Paso, but whatever brand you like. It's with the tacos and salsa.
- A small jar of salsa, spicyness of your choice!
- Small tub of regular sour cream
- Any grated cheese you want! (mozarella works really well..it melts well!)
- An 8" x 8" square cake pan, or glass casserole dish.
Take your beef and cook it according to the method on the taco seasoning package. Generally it's just to brown the meat, mix the powder in with some water, and then cook some more. When the meat is done, drain out as much liquid as you can and then spread the meat out in the cake pan so it covers the whole bottom evenly.
Grab your salsa and spoon it overtop of the beef, so that you have a good layer of salsa covering the beef. I generally use the whole little jar or half of a big jar. Same with the sour cream! Be liberal with the sour cream - make sure the whole surface is covered.
Finally, take your cheese and grate it - and then sprinkle it all over the top of the "lasagna" and then stick the whole thing in the oven and let it bake until the cheese is warm and bubbly :)
Oh man is it good. This recipe makes for great dinners OR lunches...and even the most skeptical person will be won over by it's awesome smell and taste!!! That cake pan will make about 4 servings or if you're me - 2 and a half servings. <:}
Sides: Generally when I'm making this lasagna, it's because I'm lazy and don't have much food in the house. So generally I'll just have it with some baby carrots or a small Caesar salad. If you wanted to get a bit more fancy, you could always serve it with some broccoli and garlic bread for guests - but the garlic bread might be pretty tempting for those of us low-carbing, so it's probably best to save that for special occasions only!
As soon as I can find chicken for less than $10 for 2 breasts, I will make that chicken recipe! But until the chicken stock market comes back down, I'll have to find another exciting recipe to feed me for the latter half of this week!