Casserole from Heaven – Mexican Lasagna

Salsa + Miracle Whip + Corn Chips and more makes strange and wonderful taste sensation

This is my all-time most favorite recipe in the world. Sheri makes it for me for my birthday. Thanks Sheri. Calorically, I have to wait a year in-between until I can have it again.

You can search around the web and find this “idea” that you can make a strange, but incredible casserole with the main flavoring elements being the mixture of salsa and Miracle Whip.

Yes, you read correctly. Salsa plus Miracle Whip.

It doesn’t even sound good does it? But mix these two things together and then add spice, meat and more to taste & texture and you get Mexican Lasagna – at least that is what I call it.

Before I give you the recipe, I need to give you some pointers on how to enjoy the recipe the most.

  1. Absolutely, positively under no circumstances do you use cheap “save-a-dime” salsa with this. Get yourself a salsa that you would eat if all you had was a spoon.
  2. DO NOT EVER use low fat or no fat ingredients. I don’t care if you can’t tell in a blind taste test, just don’t do it. If you’re making Mexican Lasagna, the cattle are already running out the barn gate – a few more calories isn’t going to make a big difference.
  3. Related to #2 and stated more emphatically than either #1 or #2: Absolutely, positively,  NEVER  EVER, enter this recipe into a portion size and calorie counter. It will truly ruin it for you even if you never before cared about calories. Trust me on this one.

Here is the ingredient list – you can find it all over the internet, but I grabbed it from allrecipes.com, who deserves credit for being easy to find, even if their instructions on kitchen view mode are just plum wrong.

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 cups Colby cheese

  • Note – you could probably be inventive on the cheese, chips, and veggies that you add. But try it once before you get fancy.

Instructions for the recipe here – highly improved:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Place ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until evenly browned. Drain grease. Remove from the heat, and stir the salsa, corn, Miracle Whip and chili powder into the beef.
  3. In a 2 quart casserole dish, layer the ground beef mixture, tortilla chips and cheese at least 2x
  4. Make sure you have a final layer of cheese on top to make a delicious crunchy top layer.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered, until cheese is melted and dish is thoroughly heated.
  6. When serving, keep arms and hands away from dish as ravenous wolves could hurt you when getting their serving.

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