A few of you commented on my menu this week that you would love for me to share the recipes of the dishes I prepared. I think you will enjoy this one!
This recipe is one I grew up eating, then learning to help my mom preparet, and now serving it to my family. :) We all love it and it is a fairly simple casserole.
Here are the ingredients you will need:
This casserole has 4 layers and those 4 layers are repeated twice.
Layer 1- tortilla chips
Start with crunching up tortilla chips (or just used the crunched up pieces in the bottom of the bag :) They can even be a little stale (good way to use up stale chips).
Layer 2 - meat
Brown your sausage.
I use a food processor to combine the next part but you could improvise and mix by hand or even pulse for a second in a blender. Mix the sausage, the small can of tomato paste, 1/2 cup of water, and 1-2 garlic cloves (to your taste, we like a lot of garlic!)
Let the food processor do its thing (or mix by hand). You will have a thick sauce or meat mixture.
Spoon on 1/2 of meat mixture
Layer 3 - cream cheese
I cut 1/2 of my cream cheese block into squares and then sort of "smoosh" them into flat pieces. Layer on top of meat mixture.
Layer 4 - cheese! :)
Use 1/2 bag of cheese (Mexican style, Cheddar, whatever you prefer.)
Then repeat layers again - chips, meat, cream cheese, cheese. At this point, if you are following my make-ahead menu plan, you can cover and put in the refrigerator for later.
When you are ready to eat it, you can either heat it 2 ways
-in oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until heated through
-or in microwave at 50% power for 10 minutes until heated through
Serve with some veggies and enjoy! I think your family will like it!