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Mexican Lasagna Italian Style?

Not your normal lasagna at all. We love Mexican food. So this is a nice change that the boys just loved when I made this. Not hard to do, a quick meal even if you've worked all day, you can throw this together in no time at all.
Layers of flour tortilla, meat, beans and cheese. Of course I don't know how to cook without making it a little Italian, so guess what, I don't use onions, I use garlic! What a shock huh?

The meat is simmered in a little oil with spices adding the tomatoes with basil, garlic, and refried beans last.

The layering is the same as lasagna, alternating between tortilla, filling and sharp cheese.




1 8 oz package of shredded mozzarella combined with
1 8 oz package of extra sharp cheddar shredded


1 package of 10 flour tortilla's
1 16 oz can of refried beans
1 pound of ground hamburger or turkey
1 package of taco mix
1 tablespoon of chopped jalapeno peppers
2 teaspoons of minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and chili powder
canola oil
1lb can of whole tomatoes with basil put through food processor


In a large fry pan, add a few tablespoons of canola oil add garlic and saute till brown. Add ground meat, cook till pink is gone. Add all seasonings, tomatoes cook for about 1/2 hour. Stir in refried beans.


In a square 10x10 pan lightly greased with oil, start with tortilla, add layer of meat both cheeses, repeat with tortilla on top, meat, cheese. End with more cheese and meat/bean sauce. Bake on 350 until cheese is brown and bubbly and edges look crisp. Let set a few minutes before cutting and serving. You can top this with sour cream, avocado, black olives.

25 comments:

  1. What an interesting idea. Great for any busy weeknight. Nice job!

    Cheers!

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  2. Great twist - and not surprised everyone likes it!

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  3. Claudia,

    Can you contact me via email at lazarocooks@gmail.com I tried to find an email on your blog, but missed it.

    I want to ask you a question.

    Thanks

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  4. Love this idea! I can't wait to make it for my boys. :)

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  5. Very good idea - with ease and taste and fun.love melding Mexican and Italian. They are a natural!

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  6. What a super fun weeknight meal!! I bet this tastes even better the next day!

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  7. My mom used to make something like this when I was a kid and it was my FAVORITE!!! the recipe looks great.

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  8. Everything you would want in a combination plate all in one place--perfect!

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  9. Great mexican lasagna !. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

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  10. What a great idea for a quick dinner. You can't go wrong with all those flavors together!

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  11. Very original, I think it's very good!

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  12. A very lovely lasagne with a twist!

    Yummmmmmmmmm,...!!!!

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  13. I've done that style of lasagna before and it is SO good. Great post.

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  14. hey, that's just a great one dish meal - have made it many times ... I sometimes use a enchilada sauce and then there is the spinach chicken chiles version thats really different....you know how much I love my Mexican foods...

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  15. I love Mexican lasagna too! Your little twist with the garlic makes it all the more delicious!

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  16. So freaking creative! I loove looove looove this!

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  17. This is such a good idea and what a nice change of pace!

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  18. I would definitely love this with the Mexican kick to it. What a creative rescipe!

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  19. I've often lasagna but not with Mex version, like a lot with tortillas more beans, so yummy

    Have a great week,

    Gera

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  20. Hi, I'm loving this and am now following you. Thanks, Keri a.k.a. Sam

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  21. Great idea Claudia - you do have the darndest ideas!! I would love to eat this!

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  22. Wow this looks so delish! There was a similar idea in my Richard Simmons cookbook and I absolutely loved it!
    I MUST give yours a try, it looks scrumptious! :)

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