Introduction: Mexican Lasagna
Mexican lasagna is something I've been wanting to make for a long time. It's basically a taco casserole, but that name sounded pretty gross, so Mexican lasagna it is.
I went a little crazy with my version (PUT ALL THE DELCIOUS FOOD IN IT!!), so I've included lots of tips for when you make yours. Sometimes simple really is better, and I think this is a good case of that. :D
Step 1: Ingredients!
So this is what I suggest:
- 1 pound meat of choice - shredded or ground
- 16 oz cheese of choice (I used a mix of cheddar and monterey jack)
- white corn tortillas (I ended up using 16)
- 2 jars of salsa - or one salsa, one tomato sauce
- 14.5 oz can of black beans
- 14.5 oz can of corn
- 14.5 oz can refried beans
- 1 onion
- 2-3 cloves of garlic
- 2-3 tablespoons of taco seasoning to season the meat (find my recipe here!)
- green onion, fresh jalapeno, fresh tomato, cilantro, sour cream, etc - for mixing in or serving!
I think enchilada sauce on its own could be really good (use a can of it instead of salsa!) - but make sure you're using a good brand!
Also, I considered using cottage cheese for the cheese in the lasagna - that's what my mom does for her regular lasagna and it's amazing. If you do that, you can mix it with a little cheddar inside and just use plain cheddar on top.
Oh! Next time I'm going to chop up some green onions and mix them into the refried beans, too.
Step 2: Meat and Veg Prep
I used ground beef, an onion, a jalapeno and some chipotle peppers for my meat mix.
Dice up all the veggies and cook them down with the meat. Add taco seasoning for a little extra flavor.
I also drained and rinsed my black beans and corn and added a pinch of chili and cumin powder to them.
Step 3: Layering Prep
Before you get started layering, get everything ready. :D
One additional thing I did to help speed this up is to warm up the refried beans so they could be smoothed onto the tortillas a little easier.
Preheat your oven to 400 F.
Step 4: Layering!
This is how I layered:
- sauce or salsa on the bottom
- six tortillas cut in half and laid on top
- meat/onion/jalapeno mix
- black beans and corn
- more sauce or salsa!
- six more tortillas cut in half and laid out
- refried beans
- more meat/onion/jalapeno mix
- more cheese
- more tortillas!
- spoon a little sauce over the tortillas, top with sliced jalapenos and more cheese!
Step 5: Baking
Pop the lasagna into a 400 F oven for 30 minutes.
I recommend putting the pan of lasagna onto a larger baking sheet so it won't drip onto the bottom of your oven and smoke.
Once it's out, let it cool for a while before cutting into it. Maybe 10-15 minutes? If you don't wait it all kinda falls apart and you will probably become a victim of cheese lava.
I really liked it topped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro and sour cream. :D