Monday, February 13, 2012

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup onion, diced
1/2 teaspoon cumin
chili powder (or a blend of cayenne, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder) -this is to taste depending on how spicy you like it
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans made into refried beans or a can of refried beans
1 cup salsa (as hot as you want it)
1 can enchilada sauce
1-2 Tablespoons of cornstarch (omit if you not making your own refried beans)
9 corn tortillas
6 ounces Chihuahua cheese or Mexican Blend cheese, shredded
To garnish:
Sour Cream
Chopped Tomatoes

In large skillet cook beef, green peppers, onions, and seasonings until beef is no longer pink. Drain as needed.
Make your refried beans (see link above on how I make mine.) Add them, your drained black beans, salsa, and enchilada sauce to the meat. Stir to combine. 

My refried beans were not as thick as what comes out of the can so I put a 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in the middle of the mixture, stirred well and heated it up.  It was still not thick enough to my liking so I used another tablespoon of cornstarch. Then it was good enough for me.

Spread a little bit on the bottom of a 2 quart baking dish.
Add 3 tortillas here, tearing to cover.
Add about 1/3 of the meat mixture next.
Then 1/3 of the cheese.
3 more tortillas.
More meat.
The last tortillas.
Spread the last of the meat being sure to cover the tortilla completely.
End with cheese.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees until hot and bubbly.
Let rest for 5 minutes or so then cut into lasagna to serve.  Garnish with guacamole or chopped avocado, tomatoes, and sour cream.

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