I get tired of rolling and folding tacos for eight or more children. The wee beasties end up dropping their stuffed tortillas and spill all their contents onto their plate, the table, the floor, and their clothes. I then have upset children and a mess on my hands. Luckily, I have found this "taco lasagna" recipe is a great alternative and the kids love it!
I frequently use ground turkey in this recipe and I add black beans. I find that it is an easy way to sneak extra fiber into the boys' diet and it also fills them up faster. You should see these boys eat!
I like this recipe for many reasons. One, it's an easy alternative to tacos. Two, you don't have to boil noodles, Three, I am a sucker for anything layered in a pan. Finally, this makes great leftovers and they freeze nice to bake for later.
Here is what you need:
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef or turkey
- 1 can black beans
- 1 onion
- package of taco seasonings or make your own- chili powder, cumin, pepper, garlic
- 1 to 2 packages taco size flour tortillas
- 1 package shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 small carton cottage cheese
- 1 egg
- 1 small jar salsa
- black olives- chopped or whole work
- Brown the hamburger meat with the onion. Add your seasonings. I cover the meat with a light layer of chili powder, pepper, garlic, and a little salt. Cook until no longer pink. This is where I add the black beans if I choose to use them.
- Mix the salsa with the meat mixture.
- Make a "cheese" mixture with the cottage cheese, egg, and most of the shredded cheddar cheese. You will probably want to reserve 1 cup for the topping.
- Grease a 9 x 13 pan and tear your tortillas to form a layer.
- Add a layer of meat, cheese, and another tortilla layer.
- Finally, top your last meat and cheese layer with the reserved cheese and sliced olives.
- Bake covered in a 350 degree oven for approximately an hour. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes or until the top is browned. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with salsa, lettuce, sour cream, olives, guacamole, and any other favorite taco topping.