Thursday, September 4, 2008

Layered Southwestern Bake

1 lb. ground beef
2 onions, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup frozen green peas
1/2 t. chili powder
1/2 t. red pepper flakes
14.5 oz can tomatoes, drained and diced
1/4 cup tomato paste
15 1/4 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
11 oz can corn, drained
4 6-inch corn tortillas, quartered
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Combine beef, onions and pepper in a large skillet; cook over medium heat until beef is browned and onions are tender. Drain. Add peas; sprinkle with chili powder and pepper flakes. Stir in tomatoes and paste; reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Add beans and corn; stir to combine. Spoon half the mixture into a greased 11x7 baking pan; top with half the tortilla quarters. Layer with remaining beef mixture. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove cover and top with remaining tortillas and cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 4 to 6.

*garnish with some lettuce/tomatoes/sourcream/olives...whatever taco fillings you like!*