Mexican Lasagna Italian Style?

Sunday, June 6, 2010
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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