My Mom circa 1983

Family.  Comfort.  Food.

Is it wrong to feel guilty when you eat something that is so cozy, so comforting that it fuels not just your body, but your soul?

My mom is a great cook!  This is her (mostly- sorry Mom) original version of one of my family favorites growin up.

It takes a little time to put together; but you can do it ahead of time if you have a busy day!

Need a Low Carb, Dairy or Grain Free version?  Just click here– I’ve got you covered! ?

Tangy Tortilla Casserole (GF)

Original, already Gluten-Free version of a comforting family favorite.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican, Midwest
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 477 kcal


  • 9X13" Pan
  • High-walled skillet or very large saucepan


  • 1 Pound Grass-fed Ground Beef Grass-Fed, grass-finished is the healthiest. Check out for affordable sourcing.
  • 1 Onion
  • Cloves Garlic
  • ½ tsp Cumin
  • ½ tsp Oregano
  • 2 15-oz Can tomato sauce Muir Glen is the BEST here!
  • 3 Cups Grated monterey jack cheese*
  • 1⅓ Cups Grated cheddar cheese* *I modify the original recipe- I use about 3 cups total (aka two packages #easy) of an organic mexican cheese blend for the whole recipe. Hopefully Mom is okay with this.
  • 1 Pint Lowfat cottage cheese
  • 1 Egg
  • 8 Corn tortillas NEW! For a quick grain-free swap try the new Siete Almond Flour tortillas- I can get them at my local Costco- check the refrigerated section.
  • 7-8 Oz Canned green chilis


  • Brown meat, onion, cumin, garlic and oregano in a skillet.
  • Drain if needed and return to skillet.
  • Add tomato sauce and simmer for a bit until it thickens.
  • In a separate bowl (or Cottage cheese container) combine cottage cheese and egg.
  • Fun Time! Spray your 9X13" pan with cooking spray, then layer ingredients like this:
    1) 1/2 - 1/3 Meat Sauce;
    2) Shredded Jack cheese (or about 2/3 of the cheese you chose);
    3) Green Chilis;
    4) Tortillas (I lay mine out like mini overlapping blankets... just make a single layer);
    5) Cottage cheese & egg mixture;
    6) Top with the rest of the meat sauce & cheddar (or rest of the) cheese!
  • Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes; casserole will be browned and bubbly;
  • Let stand at least 5 minutes before digging in. This makes a HUGE difference!!


Calories: 477kcal
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