I asked Anne to add me to the recipe blog awhile ago, but if follow-through had an expiration date, I'd be that bag of shredded cheese you found under one of the seats in your car.
But I come with tidings of good Mexican food. :)
Though I can't say that this is traditional faire, I can say that it's fantabulous! My roommate made a version of this the other night and, I'm not gonna lie, I had a piece for breakfast the next day.
I know what you're thinking..
"Caitie.. Seriously? Mexican food in the morning?"
Yes, friend. Mexican food in the morning.
So here's the recipe (which, I pronounce ress-eep).
1 package of ground beef (or turkey.. I guess.. ugh) and 1 packet taco seasoning
1 can (15 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can (15 oz.) refried beans
1 packet Mexican or Spanish rice
1 package flour tortillas (recipe initially called for corn, but I refuse to use them - ugh)
1 can tomato sauce
1 package Mexican mix cheeses (you can try low fat/part skim cheeses too)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet brown the meat. (Duh) Add packet of taco seasoning mix to meat, following instructions on the taco seasoning packet. (Duh) Drain. (Duh).
Follow directions on your Mexican rice packet to prepare rice. P.S. Try to choose one with minimal tomatoes cuz the recipe (again, ress-ipe) calls for them.
Cook the refried beans (you can add water to them so they are not to thick).
Combine rice, refried beans, diced tomatoes to the Morning Star meat and cook on low heat.
In a separate skillet heat tomato sauce. (Yes, I realize that the way I'm telling you to do this is calling for two dozen dishes. Don't hate me.. I know you can find a better way!)
Dip a tortilla into the tomato sauce and put on the bottom of the casserole dish, then add a layer of the meat mixture and some of the shredded Mexican mix cheese. Continue this process until all ingredients are gone and top with the remaining shredded cheese.
Bake uncovered for about 15-20 or until cheese has melted and is browning.