Saturday, December 7, 2013

mexican lasagna.


you have to cook for a dude and you have no idea what to make. 

i actually remember the first time lee came over to my house around supper time 7 months ago when we started dating. i remember dreading the fact i had to make dinner for the kidi mean seriously i would've rather chewed my own arm off than to cook for him. i even went as far as talking to my roommates asking if it was loony to tell him to grab something to eat before coming over because i was that nervous.

the problem isn't that i don't like to cook - i actually really do love cooking, but i was so scared something was gonna go wrong and he was going to get food poisoning and spend the whole night hugging the toilet. or what if i got side tracked doing my make up and burned what was in the oven? or what if i forgot an ingredient like burger meat if i were making burgers? 

fine. maybe that's all a little dramatic. 

{ps. i ended up making tacos - idiot proof and they turned out fine.}

anyway, now that i'm over that fear, i'm all the time wanting to try new recipes. and what if it goes bad? my philosophy on that is screw it; we tried. let's order pizza. not to toot my own horn or anything because i'm no master chef, but we haven't had to call papa johns yet.

so if you're ever in need of an easy go to meal for a dude that will love it; feast your eyes on this simple, easy to make, yet holla omg good recipe for mexican lasagna

mexican lasagna

what you'll need:

1lb of ground beef 
1 can of rotel (i used harris teeter brand)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 can of black beans (or your beans of choice. i just hate other beans.)
1 pack of taco seasoning
1 pack of cheddar cheese
1 bag of cheap tortilla chips (you can use expensive ones if you like, but that's dumb. don't be dumb)
1 carton of sour cream (to be used as a topping)

ok fine the bottle of wine isn't used in the recipe, but amanda doesn't cook without two things: her wine and music jamming in the background. so the wine is totally optional even though i have no idea why on earth it would ever be an option and not a priority.

preheat oven to 325. i always forget this step.

start by browning your meat. an 8 year old can do this. so can you. but if you must know simply simmer the beef over medium heat until all the pink is gone.

drain off the fat, and add the beans, rotel, taco seasoning, soup and a dash of water. i actually put 1/2 a cup of water and ended up spooning some of it out to create a thicker texture, so if you want to use the water from the rotel and beans, i would suggest that and just add a dash of water at the end. 

simmer this over medium heat until it's all combined and super yummy looking. 

grease a pan. i think i used a 9 x 9, but really any larger would do. the 9 x 9  worked really well as this created a more thick lasagna than thin.

crunch up some tortilla chips and layer the bottom like so.

spoon in the mixture from the stove top and then cover with cheese. and repeat.

COVER WITH FOIL. i know you're think ok yeah whatever, this isn't important. but it is. i almost didn't do this because i thought i was cool and i was smarter than the oven. wrong. the cheese definitely would've burned. so be a smart cookie and cover with foil and bake on 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until bubbly.

top with sour cream and voila! easy meal for your dude and he will think you're awesome.