Thursday, October 20

Mama Kat Thursday: My Fav Slow Cooker Recipe!

If you couldn't guess from the title, the Mama Kat prompt today is "my favorite slow cooker recipe."
Really, every slow cooker recipe I post on Good Eating Mondays, is my favorite--but if I must choose one, I choose Slow Cooker Tex Mex Lasagna!
It's an easy, slightly spicy, deep dish Lasagna!
And bonus, the photo is an actual photo I took of a batch in my slow cooker! 

Tex Mex Lasagna
1 lb lean (at least 80% ) ground beef (or ground turkey or chicken)
1 can (15oz) Pinto beans, drained & rinsed
1 package low-sodium Taco seasoning mix
1 jar (16 oz) Thick & Chunky Salsa
1 small (8oz) can reduced-sodium tomato sauce
1 jar (16oz) Alfredo pasta sauce
4 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese (or Mexican Cheese)
1 box Lasagna noodles (16 noodles are required)

1)  In a skillet: cook ground meat over med-high heat stirring constantly until brown; drain any grease. Stir in Pinto beans & Taco seasoning mix.

2)  Prepare slow-cooker by spraying with an oil spray and setting on low to warm it up. Spread 3/4 cup of Salsa over bottom of slow cooker. Then stir remaining Salsa along with the 8 oz can of tomato sauce into the meat mixture.

3)  In a small bowl: mix Alfredo sauce with 3 cups of shredded cheese, reserving last cup for later.

4)  Layering: Layer 4 Lasagna noodles over Salsa on bottom of Slow Cooker, breaking as necessary to fit. Top with half of Alfredo-cheese mix, spreading evenly. Top with 4 more noodles. Top with 1/2 of meat sauce from skillet, spreading evenly. Top with 4 noodles and remaining Aflredo-cheese sauce. Top with final 4 noodles, then rest of meat sauce. 

5) Cover; cook on low setting 4 to 5 hours. (I used 5 hours and that seemed perfect.) 

6)  At end of cooking time, remove lid and sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese over top. Replace cover and cook 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Turn off slow-cooker. Uncover and let stand 10 minutes before serving. I found it helpful to run a knife through it "cutting" it roughly into portions, which made it easier to scooout--it's deep dish Lasagna!
Makes approx 8 servings--with room for seconds.
Be sure to put out extra Salsa & sour cream!
What's your favorite slow cooker recipe?

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Emily C said...

I love looking at US recipes as they are so very different. I don't think I would ever have thought of making a tex mex lasagne, but it does look rather good...

Jennifer Worrell said...

This looks delicious! I'm totally going to try it! Visiting from Mama Kat!

KatBouska said...

ooh that looks delish!!

Tara Gauthier said...

I have made a crock pot lasagna soup before which was really good! The rest of my family likes things pretty bland except for my son who is a bit more adventuresome.

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