MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 06/13/13 -- (Family Features) Flavors from south of the border are always a crowd favorite. They're also a quick, easy way to get dinner on the table in a hurry. Celebrity chef Aarón Sánchez shares his favorite weeknight recipes, which use easy, flavorful ingredients to get families out of the kitchen and at the table in record time. "As a chef with a young family, I love creating delicious dishes that are quick and easy to prepare," Sánchez said. "My new Ortega recipes bring that flavor and simplicity together. Enjoy."
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Fundido Fiesta FlatsServings: 4Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 5 minutes1 pound ground beef1 1.25-ounce package Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix or 40% Less Sodium Taco Seasoning Mix1/2 cup water6 ounces American cheese, cubed1 16-ounce jar Ortega Salsa, any variety12 Ortega Fiesta Flats Taco Shells Chopped fresh cilantro
Brown beef in large skillet over medium-high heat; drain. Stir in taco seasoning and water. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened.
Meanwhile, combine cheese and one cup salsa in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds, until smooth.
Evenly spoon meat mixture into Fiesta Flats and top with cheese mixture. Top with additional salsa and sprinkle with cilantro. If desired, also top with Ortega Taco Sauce and Diced Green Chiles.
Mexican LasagnaServings: 8Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 35 minutes1 tablespoon vegetable oil1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced2 garlic cloves, minced1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef1 1.25-ounce package Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix1/2 cup water, divided1 16-ounce can Ortega Refried Beans9 Ortega Flour Soft Tortillas2 10-ounce cans Ortega Mild Red Enchilada Sauce1 16-ounce jar Ortega Thick and Chunky Salsa8 ounces shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Heat vegetable oil in large skillet over medium heat and cook onion and garlic for 4 minutes or until softened. Add ground beef and cook for 4 minutes or until browned. Stir in taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water. Cook for 2 minutes or until sauce thickens.
Heat refried beans in microwave or small saucepan and stir in remaining 1/4 cup water to thin slightly.
Cut one tortilla in half and fit cut ends at either end of a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish. Arrange two tortillas, slightly overlapping, to cover the bottom. Layer 1/3 refried beans, 1/3 meat mixture and 1 can enchilada sauce. Repeat to make a second layer.
Repeat to make a third layer using salsa instead of enchilada sauce. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until lasagna is bubbling and cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
If desired, top servings with sour cream and diced green onion.