Classic Mexican Beef Bake
|Canned tomatoes||16 Ounce (1 Can)|
|Enchilada sauce||10 Ounce (1 Can)|
|Sliced pitted ripe olives||1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Frozen ground beef mixture||2 Cup (32 tbs) (Basic Variety)|
|Cooking oil||1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)|
|Canned tortillas||8 (Or Frozen)|
|Shredded process american cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Cream-style cottage cheese||1 Cup (16 tbs)|
|Egg||1 , slightly beaten|
In medium saucepan combine tomatoes, enchilada sauce, ripe olives, salt, and pepper.
Add frozen Basic Ground Beef Mixture; simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heat oil in skillet.
Cut 2 tortillas into quarters.
Cook the tortilla quarters and remaining whole tortillas in hot oil till crisp and brown; drain well.
Set aside quartered tortillas; break up remaining tortillas.
Combine American cheese, cottage cheese, and egg.
Spread one-third of the meat mixture in 12x7 1/2x2-inch baking dish.
Top with half the cheese mixture and half the broken tortillas.
Repeat layers, ending with meat mixture.
Top with quartered tortillas.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
If desired, sprinkle an additional 1/2 cup shredded process American cheese over top and return to oven till cheese melts, about 5 minutes more.
Let stand 5 minutes before serving.