2.23.2009

Crock Pot Mexican Lasagna

In my insane need to completely organize EVERYTHING (slightly ocd) I have cleaned my entire house, planned/prepped 8 full meals, shopped for a week, done all the laundry, left a complete detailed menu and even washed the windows so everything is in order. I absolutely cannot stand to sit or lay around in a dirty cluttered house and since that is what I will be doing for at least a week I figured I better do it now before I try to do it on crutches and painkillers(woot!) So the night before my surgery I am sitting in my spotless house feeling like something is undone and for the life of me I can't remember what. Oh well I guess it's too late now and whatever it is will just have to wait.
I am preparing a kickass crock pot lasagna to cook while we are at the surgery center. I thought I should pass on the recipe because it is so good. It is nice to come home to a hot meal that is not complete mush and this one holds up well.


Crock Pot Mexican Lasagna

1 pound ground beef 93% lean-turkey will work as well and as always less meat/meatless will do
1 18 ounce can of red enchilada sauce
1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 15 ounce can black beans-pinto or kidney are good too
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon cumin-optional

1 9 ounce box Barilla No Cook Flat Lasagna Noodles
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese-more if you like it cheesy

brown the ground beef drain off the fat
reduce the heat, add the sauce, tomatoes, beans, water and spices
simmer for 10 minutes

layer in the crock pot 1/4 of the sauce, cheese, noodles-break in half to fit
repeat
repeat
repeat
end with a cheese layer

Now you may only get 3 layers in your crock pot in that case just make your layers thicker
as long as the layers are pretty evenly distributed all will be good

refrigerate over night or plug in and cook on low 8 hours or high 6 hours*****SEE UPDATED COOKING TIMES

Crock pot size is important this was developed in a 6 quart oval crock pot if you have a smaller one cut the recipe in half or if you have a tall round crock pot you may need to make more layers

If you have not given Barilla No Cook Flat Lasagna noodles a try you really should, they are SO good. Also very fast and easy to use. I think they are the reason this does not turn to absolute mush. Try them!

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I left the lasagna cooking all day in the crock pot on low. It is done but could be more done. I think split cooking temperatures will work best. High for 4 hours and then on low for 2-4 hours. Alternately I think low for 10 hours will work too. Some new crock pots cook at lower temperature because the manufacturers have lowered the overall temperatures to accommodate customer complaints. So again, watch your crock pot and adjust accordingly! Now I'm going to take a pain pill and pass out.

12 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic. I'll give it a try - thanks for the recipe! Good luck with your surgery. :)

    (And thanks for stopping by my blog!)

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  2. That sounds so good! I love easy SW dishes.

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  3. After a couple goods and a dozen domestic failures with my crockpot, this may be one that'll bring me back. Thanks!

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  4. That sounds fantastic. Printing that one for a rainy day.

    Good luck day with your surgery. Hope all goes well.

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  5. Hi Laura!

    I am so rushed to make anything half decent most evenings...I need to be led by the hand and told what to make that is quick, easy, and affordable.

    Plus, all 5 kids have to find it palatable. Tough order, eh?

    I think with a few fidgets, and some time to shop and prep on a Sunday I might be able to pull my head out...

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  6. Hi all! I'll be responding to comments after my surgery but first THANKS FOR CHECKING ME OUT...I'm leaving in an hour...:(
    Laura

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  7. This sounds like THE perfect weeknight meal. It looks delicious!I musttry.

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  8. I am so impressed with you. The work will make you feel better while you're laid up. I hope you're back on your feet soon!

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  9. Ms. Jelly Belly-thanks! I feel no pain yet, it's coming though. Sits need to stick together, eh?
    Blond Duck how are the chihuahuas? I hope you enjoy the lasagna.
    Sarah-I hope this does well for you! Crock pots have tendency to mush food to death but not this one!
    Melissa-All went well with surgery, Thanks!!
    Andy-seriously you crack me up and 5 kids? how are you still sane?
    Donna- it is a perfect weekday meal, thanks
    Joie- I love anyone who is impressed with me :) I'm doing fine and will be back to running in 2 months

    I hope you all saw that I amended the cooking time. I think it just needs a good HOT start and then to cook on low the rest of the day or longer on low to just really meld it together. We continued to cook ours today for about 1 1/2 hours and it was awesome. That's perfect for a working mom who leaves at 8am and gets home by 6pm.
    Love to all! Laura

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  10. This looks really good and I love things I can stick in the crockpot!! Thanks and I hope you are or will be well rested soon! :)

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  11. Yum! That looks great! Stopping by from SITS! Click click!!

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  12. Sounds tasty...coming by to spread some clickies back atcha. Will add you to my list to do that on a regular basis :)

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