The other day I was craving both Mexican and Italian.  So I assembled my own version of Lasagna using Mexican ingredients.  It was tasty.  The tortillas made a perfect substitution for lasagna noodles.  They were soft yet crunchy around the edges of the pan.  Delicious.

Enchilada Lasagna
Enchilada Lasagna

A dollop of sour cream and this meal is ready for the big time.

Enchilada Lasagna

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 large can enchilada sauce
  • 1lb queso fresco or shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 1 medium onion – diced
  • 4 plum tomatoes – diced
  • 1 can black beans – drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of refried beans
  • 1 small can green chilis or jalapeno chilis
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flake
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 16 small soft tortillas (flour)
  • kosher or sea salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large pan add 2 tbs of oil and sweat the onions.  Stir until translucent.  Add the cumin, red pepper flake and oregano.  Add a pinch of salt and pepper.

Season the onions
Season the onions

Next add the beef.  Cook until browned.  About 7 minutes.  Mix in a 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce into the meat.  Make sure to mix everything together.  Next add the refried beans.  I find that refried beans are easier to add to a dish when they are mixed in with the meat.

Meat, sauce and refried beans
Meat, sauce and refried beans

When the beans are fully incorporated and heated up, remove the meat mixture from the stove.

Grease a 13×9 casserole dish.  Next ladle in about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the enchilada sauce.  Cover the bottom of the pan.  Then arrange 5 of the tortillas into the pan.  Cut the 5th tortilla in half so that you can fill in the open spots.  Next coat the tops of the tortillas with a little more of the enchilada sauce. Layer on half of the meat mixtures.  Spread it out so that it coats the tortillas evenly.

Layer on the meat
Layer on the meat

Next sprinkle half of the diced tomatoes, green chilis and half of the black beans onto the meat mixture.  Now take a 3rd of the queso and spread it out over the mixture.  Using your hands gently break apart the cheese and sprinkle it over the lasagna.

Tomatoes, chilis, black beans and queso
Tomatoes, chilis, black beans and queso

Now repeat the steps, this time dip the tortillas into the enchilada sauce.  Layer on the meat, beans, tomatoes, chilis and queso.    Finally add one more layer of the dipped tortillas and cover this with queso.

Top with another layer of dipped tortillas and a sprinkling of queso
Top with another layer of dipped tortillas and a sprinkling of queso

Place the casserole into the pre-heated 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until the cheese and tortillas start to brown.  Let the casserole sit for 5 minutes before cutting.

Fresh out of the oven
Fresh out of the oven

Serve with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy.

Let cool before cutting
Let cool before cutting

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