Tortilla Casserole, aka Mexican Lasagne

Posted By Stephen

When paging through Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen, we found something which we initially thought was a bit odd but strangely interesting – a Mexican version of lasagne, layered up with tortillas instead of lasagne sheets. We became determined to try it and thought that it would be a good way to use up the left over chilli-roasted pork that we had in the freezer. We took the general concept and made a recipe up around it rather than following an actual recipe.

We had bought the ingredients for making tortillas and were half thinking about making it today, weighing it up against getting out and doing some healthy outdoor pursuits. However, the weather in the morning looked rather grey, dreary and blustery so we figured that outdoor pursuits were out of the question. It did brighten up later, but by that time we were already elbow-deep in tortillas, pork and beans.

So we defrosted the pork. We also cooked some pinto beans to make typical Mexican frijoles (recipe here) and some slightly Mexicanised tomato sauce, but we were a little lazy with this one and didn’t go to great lengths to toast, soak and liquidise chillies, etc. Then we made up some home made tortillas.

When these were all done, we layered it up with a layer of tortillas as a base, followed by the pork, some of the tomato sauce and a sprinkling of grated cheese, then another layer of tortillas and then the beans and some more tomato sauce. Topped off with a final layer of tortillas and some more sauce and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese. Baked in the oven for 30 minutes and it came out smelling really good.

The pork was really good, but we knew that already because we had had it before and the beans were good too, but then we knew that they would be beause that recipe makes nice beans. So it was tasty, but not necessarily any more tasty than if we had just used the pork and the beans and wrapped them up in tortillas as usual and saved ourselves a lot of work. One thing that you don’t get when doing that though it the toasted cheesy crust on top, which was really good. It seems that this sort of dish does have potential though – maybe next time we should follow a recipe properly rather than just making it up as we go along.

PS We added a dash of guacamole on top of it since we love guacamole so much…

May 3rd, 2010

6 Comments to 'Tortilla Casserole, aka Mexican Lasagne'

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  1. grace said,

    this is stellar! i applaud your ambition in making the components from scratch–that makes this already-outstanding creation even more special. 🙂
    .-= grace´s last blog american as leftover turkey pot pie =-.

  2. Niamh said,

    Definitely – lots of potential! Love Rick Bayless generally.
    .-= Niamh´s last blog ..Make Room for Asparagus =-.

  3. What a wicked take on a normal lasagne! I love the idea! xxx
    .-= The Curious Cat´s last blog ..Happiness is…achieving the perfect poached egg… =-.

  4. bodyhacker said,

    You dish looks fantastic – Really like the idea of using tortillas instead of noodles and making a Mexican Lasagne! Definitely a healthier alternative too!

    Although I might have cheat and use my La Tortilla Low Carb wraps instead of making my own! 🙂

    Also love Rick Bayless too…thanks for sharing this recipe!

  5. What is the green thingy on top of the Tortilla? Is it the Mexican frijoles? Looks delicious thou. How is it taste with the tortilla? Do they blend nicely?

  6. Stephen said,

    Thanks for your comments everyone!

    Sophea, the green stuff is actually just guacamole – I forgot to mention it in the post though… will add it in quickly!

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