I don't like to review recipes that I didn't follow exactly but this was such a good base recipe that I have to give it 5 stars! I made changes to suit my own taste. For the meat sauce I followed the recipe except made the following changes: 1 lb ground beef, 6 oz can black olives, 16 oz can black beans- drained and rinsed, 1 large chopped jalapeno with seeds, 1 chopped green pepper, 1 package taco seasoning, 3/4 of the jar of taco sauce, and about 1 cup of salsa I threw in just to use it up. I also seasoned the meat right away with salt and pepper. I mixed a 16 oz can of refried black beans with about a 1/2 cup of sour cream in a separate bowl then layered it on the tortillas followed by the meat sauce then cheese. I used pepperjack instead of Colby except on the top. I'd give it a spice rating of 3 on a scale of 1(mild) to 5 (hot). I used two tortillas between each layer but next time will use three. I also only made three layers to try to cut down on carbs but the bottom half turned out soggy so next time I will use a shallower pan, more tortilla layers with less filling in between, and nix the bean/sour cream mix for another can of whole beans in the meat. The mistakes were my own and the flavor still excellent! I made 6 small burritos with the leftover meat sauce, tortillas, and extra cheese I had, wrapped well and froze for later. Again, 5 stars for a great base recipe!
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I don't like to review recipes that I didn't follow exactly but this was such a good base...