So easy I feel like Rachael Ray
I don't know if I ever grumble over my husband's vegetarianism, at least not here on the blog. But sometimes it is a challenge finding something tasty and filling to make for dinner. HERE is the solution that has come in handy three times this summer. I've been calling it "Mexican Lasagna" though I concede that sounds pretty dumb. Adam calls it enchilada something, and it was actually his idea to begin with. It is probably in the greater category of casseroles. Easy peasy, versatile, and delicious. (Though not very well photographed for this post!)
Here is the recipe, all rough approximations for you to play with:
12-20 corn tortillas (kinda depends on size of pan; for 10 x 10 a dozen works fine)
big hunk of grated cheese of your liking - I've used cheddar and pepper jack
a jar of salsa - be careful of going too hot
2-3 cans of black or pinto beans* (again depending on how much you want to make)
garlic - 3-5 cloves
green chiles diced up
red or green peppers diced up
other types of cheese
*It seems equally good whether you use refried or whole beans, but I like to use one of each, or use all whole beans and then with a potato masher mash the whole beans just a little
Bean prep: I toss the beans into a pot, add chopped garlic and a sprinkle of cumin. Yum!
Spray baking dish with cooking oil very lightly. Place first layer of tortillas on the bottom. Remember to play with your layers and do them how it sounds good to you. I have put a layer of beans, then more tortillas (sometimes ripping the tortilla to fill the space). Then put a can of salsa, cheese. I have liked putting a little salsa and cheese on the very top. I think I do about three or four layers of tortillas. I've never tried a meat version but I think it would work great.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 20-30 minutes.
This last time I tried two different salsas - mistakenly thinking my green salsa was mild and the red salsa hot. Unfortunately both were hot! But we still gladly ate it all. And it makes a nice lunch to take to work too. Do try it, you won't regret it.