Thursday, October 30, 2008

DinnerDivas Mexican Lasagna

One of the Dinner Divas Recipe this month was Rachel Ray's Mexican Lasagna, I didn't have all the right ingredients so I made my own recipe as i went. I used Chicken Breasts rather than Ground Chicken, and i put the tomatoes, beans, corn, and chicken in the crockpot with Seasonings to cook for the day so i would have shredded chicken to put into my lasagna in the evening when i was ready to make it.
Here is the orginal recipe.

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 pounds ground chicken breast, available in the packaged meats case (i used 2 chicken breasts)
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 red onion, chopped (forgot to put it in)
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained (used 2 1/2Cups, kidney, black, and pinto beans, left over from soup)
1 cup medium heat taco sauce or 1 (14-oz) can stewed or fire roasted tomatoes (no salt added diced tomatos)
1 cup frozen corn kernels
Salt (omitted)
8 (8 inch) spinach flour tortillas, available on dairy aisle of market (plain tortillas)
2 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar or shredded pepper jack (colby jack)
2 scallions, finely chopped (omitted)

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - twice around the pan. Add chicken and season with chili powder, cumin, and red onion. Brown the meat, 5 minutes. Add taco sauce or stewed or fire roasted tomatoes. Add black beans and corn. Heat the mixture through, 2 to 3 minutes then season with salt, to your taste.
(I put all that in the crockpot to cook for the day, using the whole breasts rather than ground chicken)

Coat a shallow baking dish (I used pie pan, then i didnt have to cut the tortillas) with remaining extra-virgin olive oil, about 1 tablespoon oil. Cut the tortillas in half or quarters to make them easy to layer with. Build lasagna in layers of meat and beans, then tortillas, then cheese.
Repeat: meat, tortilla, cheese again. Bake lasagna 12 to 15 minutes until cheese is brown and bubbly. Top with the scallions and serve.

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