Sunday, February 22, 2009

Fiesta Lasagna

1 lb ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 can refried beans
1 can mild chili beans or kidney beans
1 can 16 oz diced tomatoes
1 cup salsa
1 can chopped green chilies
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin or chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 1/4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup small curd cottage cheese
1 1/4 cup sour cream divided
9 lasagna noodles (uncooked)

Cook beef and onion until no longer pink, drain. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, salsa, chilies and seasonings.
In a bowl combine Monterey jack and mozzarella cheeses, set aside 1 1/2 cups. Stir cottage cheese and 3/4 cup sour cream into remaining cheese mixture.

spread about a cup of meat sauce into a greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Layer three noodles on top. Add about half of cottage cheese mixture and more meat sauce. Repeat layers. Add remaining meat sauce on top. Cover with plastic wrap and foil and bake at 350 degrees for about one hour and a half.

Uncover. Spread with remaining sour cream. Sprinkle with reserved cheeses. Bake 10-12 minutes more. Let stand 20 minutes. Makes about 12 servings.

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