Comfort food is so very important in our lives especially when life goes awry or the weather is freezing. We all need food that makes us feel warm and secure. And I don't mean food to numb us....
So here is the long awaited recipe...
1 1/2 pounds ground chicken (we used lean ground beef)
1 cup each diced red onions and diced green bell pepper
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed (I use a 19oz can)
1 cup diced tomatoes ( I use a 26 oz can)
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn (I use 1 cup)
1 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 cups pasta sauce ( I use 1 can of condensed tomato soup)
1 cup medium salsa ( optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
4 large or 8 small whole wheat flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded light sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup green onions
sour cream, optional
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, cook the ground chicken, onions, green pepper and garlic over medium-high heat until the chicken is no longer pink. Break up any large pieces of chicken as it is cooking.
Add black beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin. Cook and stir for 2 more minutes. Add pasta sauce, salsa and black pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and remove from heat.
To assemble casserole, spread a third of the sauce mixture over bottom of casserole dish. Top with half of the tortillas, overlapping and cutting them as necessary to fit. Top with a third of the sauce mixture, followed by half of the cheese. Cover cheese with remaining tortillas, followed by remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining cheese over sauce and top with green onions. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes.
Uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let lasagna stand for at least 10 minutes before slicing for easier serving. Top each piece with a dollop of sour cream.
This is a delicious recipe. Sometimes I do substitutions, sometimes not. I do a freezer inventory before and this time I used frozen green pepper and leftover frozen cheese. I usually use the leftover sauce to make a small lasagna that I freeze for later use. You can do this on the weekend and freeze it for another day.
I make mine in Pyrex! Are you surprised? You can substitute ingredients to make it more figure friendly....
I serve it with a nice green salad and a smile!
Tomorrow I visit a church basement and I'm having super with the girls! PARTY!