|Browned Beef with Onions, Pepper, Spinach and Tomato|
|Salsa and Tomato Sauce added|
|Assembly time, notice the nice neat squares of Tortillas|
|Cheese added, ready to go back into the oven for another 10 minutes|
I had to laugh a couple of years ago, when I was visiting with them, my oldest sister had everyone over for dinner and pulled one of these out of the freezer and my other sister brought one as well, that she'd made and that was in her freezer. Between the two casseroles, there was more than enough food for all of us. It was one of those great minds think alike moments. (Did I mention I'm a big fan of my sisters and my brother as well? All of them are great cooks.)
Gitte’s Southwest Casserole
1 ½ lbs ground beef
Preparation InstructionsBrown meat over medium heat with the onions and garlic. Once the meat is browned and the onions are softened, remove from heat and drain the grease.
Add salsa, spinach, tomato sauce, tomatoes, bell pepper, lime juice and salt. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Arrange 6 tortillas ** on bottom and up sides of a lightly greased 13 x 9 baking dish, overlapping as necessary. Top with half of the meat mixture. Arrange the remaining tortillas over the meat mixture, overlapping as necessary. Spread sour cream evenly over tortillas, top with remaining meat mixture.
Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cheeses. Pop back in oven for about 20 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and let stand 10 minutes.
Cut into squares to serve. Garnish with olives, some sour cream and sliced green onions.
** I find that if I cut the tortillas into squares first, they’re a lot easier to serve, especially at pot lucks.