Mexican Lasagna. More is Better.

Had a serious craving for garlic, onions and everything spicy last night. Surprised myself with the final outcome. Everything went so well together.

Ground beef, chopped onions & garlic cloves
Ground beef, chopped onions & garlic cloves

First I In a large pot, brown 4 pounds ground beef, salt & pepper to taste, Drain. Add chopped onion, garlic, add taco seasoning and 2 cups chicken stock;. Let that simmer while  melting butter and flour in a medium size pot, whisk until mixed well and add 2 cups of chicken stock; bring to a boil and when thickened turn down heat to simmer.

Jalepeno Cheese Sauce
                  Jalepeno Cheese Sauce

Stir in 2-3 Tbl cayenne powder, 1 c shredded pepper jack cheese, can of

green chillis, 1 Tbl garlic powder and two hefty pinches of salt. Turn heat off for both pots.

Using a large casserole dish, begin layer one – overlap cut tortillas across bottom, covering as much of dish as possible. Spoon in meat mixture, spoon cheese sauce over meat, sprinkle black beans, tomatoes, jalapenos and about a cup of pepper jack cheese, start over with layer two,

1st Layer... Mexican Lasagna
1st Layer…Mexican Lasagna

and then three. End the top layer with either, or both, of the cheeses.

Cook in 350* oven for 35-45 minutes, until browned on top.

Serve with lettuce, sour cream, and chopped olives.

INGREDIENTS:

Ingredients for Meat Mixture & Cheese Sauce:
4 lbs ground beef
1 chopped onion
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 32 oz box Chicken Stock, divided
16 oz shredded pepper jack cheese, divided
salt, pepper, garlic powder, cayenne powder
1/2 c Taco Seasoning (recipe below)
1 stick butter
1/4 c flour
1 can (4 ounces) diced green chilies
2-4 tsp cayenne powder, optional

OTHER INGREDIENTS:
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed
2 jalepenos, chopped, seeds removed or not
12-15 medium size tortillas, cut in half
Shredded lettuce, Sour Cream, Chopped Olives

TACO SEASONING:

2 Tbl chiles  powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tsp hot smoked paprika
2 tsp kosher salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp ground coriander
1 Tbl ground cumin

Mexican Lasagna
Mexican Lasagna

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