Mexican Lasagna

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I was going to put this together and bake it, but fighting some low blood sugar so my wife did it all.

Extra virgin olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef or ground turkey
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander seeds
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 (14-ounce) can refried pinto beans (or you can make your own refried beans)
2 medium onions, chopped (about 2 1/2 cups)
1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 (28-ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes, preferably fire roasted
1 (7-ounce) can diced green Anaheim chiles, or any kind you like.
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
12 (6-inch) corn tortillas (choose sturdy tortillas made with yellow corn)
2 cups coarsely grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
2 cups coarsely grated mild cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Brown the ground beef:
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan or cast iron frying pan on medium high heat. Add the ground meat, breaking it up as you add it.

Sprinkle with salt. Sprinkle on the chile powder, cayenne, cumin, and coriander. Increase the heat to high. Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Do not stir the meat unnecessarily. Allow the meat to brown on one side, and then stir it so the other side can be browned.

As soon as the meat is browned, remove the pan from the burner. The meat will continue to cook in the heat of the pan.

Once you are sure that the meat is cooked through, use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan to a bowl. Set aside.

Sauté onions, bell peppers, garlic, add tomatoes, chiles, oregano:
Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the empty pan used to cook the meat and set over medium heat.

Add the onions and chopped bell peppers. Cook until onions have softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for an additional 1 minute.

Add the diced tomatoes, green chiles and oregano. Bring to a simmer. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes while you prepare the tortillas.


Cook the tortillas:
While the sauce is simmering, soften the tortillas by frying them in a little oil. In a 9-inch skillet, heat 1/2 cup olive oil on medium high heat until it is sizzling hot, but not smoking.

Cook the tortillas one at a time, for 5 seconds on each side, so that they soften, but don't get crisp.

Remove the tortillas with a metal spatula or tongs and place on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up the excess oil.


Preheat oven:
Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly oil a 9x13-inch glass or ceramic baking dish.

Assemble the casserole:
In baking dish, arrange 4 tortillas in one layer, overlapping slightly (tortillas will not cover bottom completely).
(If you don't have time to pre-soften the tortillas, coat the bottom of the pan with some olive oil and spread a little sauce over the bottom before adding the tortillas.)
Spread half of bean mixture evenly over tortillas in dish and top with half of meat mixture. Sprinkle one third cheese over the meat and spread half of the sauce over the cheese.
Repeat layering of tortillas, beans, meat, cheese, and sauce and top with remaining 4 tortillas. Sprinkle remaining cheese over tortillas.

Cool and serve:
Let the casserole stand for 10-15 minutes before serving.
Serve with sour cream, chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, and thinly sliced iceberg lettuce on which has been sprinkled vinegar and salt.

No fancy smancy frills dinner.

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Man that looks great! A little lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and salsa to go with it and I would put a hurt on myself with that!
Jim
 
Looks great to me! I bookmarked it...too hot and tired to read it right now. Hope your blood sugar improves!

Ryan
 
Well we love lasagna Rick, but I have to say I have never had it that way. It sure looks & sounds delicious! Thanks for posting the recipe!
Al
 
Looks great! I too want to try it! Thanks for sharing!
 
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