Ease Through the Week With Easy Casseroles

Mexican Lasagna Recipe

Few things say home cooking like the casserole. Casseroles are a staple of American cooking. They are what we pass at potlucks. They are the comfort food we bring to friends who are going through a rough time. They are the welcome we offer to new neighbors. In addition, they can also be a lifesaver when you need a hearty meal. Prepare a few of these on the weekend, minus the baking step, and you have home cooked meals you can pop in the oven on a rushed weeknight…and what weeknight ISN’T rushed? The sky is the limit when it comes to what you can do with casseroles. Here are a few to get you started.

Mexican Lasagna
  • 1-1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 10 oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp seasoned salt
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 116 oz carton cottage cheese
  • 4 cups shredded Colby Jack cheese
  1. Brown ground beef in skillet and drain. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes and spices. Heat through.
  2. Grease a 9x13 pan. Layer ingredients in pan as follows: ⅓ of the meat mixture, 2 tortillas, ⅓ of the sauce, cottage cheese and shredded cheese. Repeat twice.
  3. Cover with foil. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before cutting.

Cheesy Ham and Rice Casseroles
  • 1 can cheddar cheese soup
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1-1/2 cups instant rice, cooked
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped or cubed
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • ⅓ cup crushed crackers, your choice of flavor
  1. Mix all ingredients except cracker crumbs.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  3. Transfer ham mixture to dish. Sprinkle with cracker crumbs just before baking.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes

Chicken Bake
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can refrigerated crescent rolls
  1. Grease a 9x13 pan. Place chicken breasts in pan.
  2. In a saucepan, combine, soup, ¾ cup cheddar cheese and milk. Heat over medium heat, constantly stirring, until cheese melts.
  3. Pour over chicken breasts. Just before baking, place uncooked crescent rolls over top. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until crescent rolls begin to brown.

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