Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican Lasagna recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Mexican Lasagna has become a family favorite over the past few years. When I first saw this introduced by Pastor Ryan on The Pioneer Woman's blog, I knew it was going to be good. So many of our favorite flavors combined in one meal? Definitely a great thing. We love Mexican foods and the spiciness of this meal is just right.

This recipe can easily be adjusted to your preferences. I've doubled the sauces and changed a couple of little things, but this is basically his recipe and we LOVE it. My oldest boy was so excited when he saw me making this yesterday; he hovered in the kitchen throughout most of the process. Just waiting until dinnertime was torture for him.

Mexican Lasagna
recipe lightly adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Yield: 8-10 servings
(printable recipe)
1 cup unprepared rice
2 cups chicken broth OR water
2 large fresh tomatoes, chopped OR (1) 14 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 onion, chopped small
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of cooked pinto beans or about ½ of a 14 oz can of pinto beans
4 large flour tortillas, I used my homemade whole wheat tortillas
3/4 lb ground beef, the leaner the better
12-16 oz shredded Mexican cheese blend, I used ½ Tillamook Cheddar and ½ Monterrey Jack
2 cups of frozen corn, thawed OR 1 can of corn, drained (drained)
16 oz salsa verde or green chile sauce
8 oz red enchilada sauce
3 tablespoons chili powder
1.5 tablespoons paprika
1.5 tablespoons cumin
Optional: Sour cream
Optional: Cilantro

Cook the rice with the chicken broth and set aside. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet and add the tomatoes, onions and garlic. Add 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1/2 tablespoon each of paprika and cumin. Stir until combined. Add the pinto beans and then combine with the rice in a large bowl. Taste this mixture and add salt as needed.

Brown the ground beef using 1 tablespoon chili powder and 1/2 tablespoon each of paprika and cumin. Salt the mixture to taste and add a few tablespoons of water to create the taco beef.

Spread half the salsa verde in the bottom of a 9x13 pan. Layer the tortillas across the bottom of the pan, covering the sauce. (I like to tear my tortillas into pieces and then layer that across the dish in a single layer.) Divide your rice mixture in half and spread it over the layer of tortillas. Divide the cheese in half and layer it over the rice mixture. 

Add another layer of tortillas on top of the cheese. Pour the red enchilada sauce over the tortillas and spread it out evenly. Add the ground beef in a layer over the sauce. Add the corn on top of the meat. Then add the remaining rice mixture on top of the corn, followed by the remaining salsa verde. On the top of everything add the remaining cheese.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until the center is warm and the cheese has melted completely.

Serve with sour cream and cilantro if desired.

FREEZER MEAL: I usually double or triple this recipe and freeze the additional pans. If you are planning to freeze this, just layer everything into the pan and when it is cooled completely, cover with foil or lids and freeze.  This is one of my favorite meals for the freezer. It takes me no extra time to make the extra and it provides fantastic meals on days when I have no desire to work in the kitchen.  1-2 days before you plan to eat this, take it out of the freezer and place it in the fridge. Once thawed, bake as noted above.

Mexican Lasagna recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. This looks cheesilicious! A friend of mine makes something similar he calls his "enchilasagna". I bet this stuff just disappeared, didn't it?

  2. We make Mexican Lasagna at our house as well, each time it turns out a little different depending on what I have in the house, but always good!

  3. I have never made this! what a new treat I have seen it around blog town but I think I should really try this sometime!

  4. Oh, goodness. I need to make this...I love all food Mexican! YUM!

  5. You know I love this one. Absolutely delicious. This is the first meal we ever ate together Miss Mary! YUM!!!

  6. Mexican and Italian together. perfecto! Your dish looks awesome! :)

  7. What a perfect Mexican-Italian fusion! This is awesome!

  8. This looks so yummy! I have been searching for a good Mexican lasagna so I am definitely bookmarking this!

  9. I have a similar 'taco lasanga' that I like making too. It goes over well in our house (of fairly picky eaters!). Yours looks great! I never thought to add rice to it!

    Thanks for popping by my blog. Let me know if you give rosemary and mashed taters a try!! :)

  10. We love mexican food at our house! This sounds really good! Bookmarking for sure!

  11. i've never had mexican lasagna, but it looks super yummy!

  12. I'm so into my chillies and peppers at the moment that I'm drooling at this even though it's only 8am!

  13. I love Lasagna's... they make a satisfying meal. Happened to stumble across your blog, this looks nice... will try it out.
    Karen Xavier.

  14. What a great fusion Italian dish! So delicious!

  15. This is a very exciting concept - it's causing some serious debate in my house between my boyfriend and I (who is the chief lasagne maker). I'm very intrigued, I've got it saved to make. I'll let you know the concensus!

  16. Looks great! My mom had a recipe for Mexican lasagna that she always made for large crowds, and I've adopted it for the same purpose. Mine is vegetarian and also does not call for rice, however. I will have to try your recipe soon!

  17. Hi, my first time here..this place is yummy! However, being a pure vegetarian from India makes it difficult to try many of these recepies as they have some kind of meat in it. Can you suggest the vegetarian alternative for beef ?if i can replace the meat, i think most of the recepies are very healthy and wholesome.thank you again:)

    1. Feel free to skip the beef and just add extra beans. I've made it that way myself. Hope that helps!