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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mexican Tortilla Lasagna

For dinner last night, I came up with a tortilla bake with using tomatillo salsa, roasted corn, peppers, cheese and refried beans. I love Mexican chilaquiles, which is a dish made with fried corn tortillas, salsa, eggs and cheese. I love the crispy and soft combination of fried tortillas, eggs and cheese all mixed together. My idea for the bake was based off of Mexican chilaquiles. The most important part of the recipe is making sure you toast your corn tortillas before you layer them in the baking pan. Crisping the tortillas enhances the flavor and texture of the finished dish. This is a great recipe for group and makes excellent leftovers. Go crazy with your garnishes and toppings and make this dish the centerpiece of your next fiesta!! 

Mexican Tortilla Lasagna

2 tbsp olive oil 
1 large onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 cup minced cilantro
1 tbsp minced jalapeƱo peppers 
1 bag frozen roasted corn (available at Trader Joe's)
1 bag frozen bell pepper mix (available at Trader Joe's)
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp taco seasoning 
1 tbsp oregano 
Pinch salt and pepper
1 bag 6'' corn tortillas
1 jar tomatillo salsa
1 can refried beans
1 large bag mexican cheese blend or queso fresco 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add diced onion, garlic and cilantro. Cook until tender. Add frozen peppers and corn and cook 2 minutes. Add chicken broth and remaining seasoning, bring to a boil, then simmer on low for 5 minutes. Turn on a burner at medium heat and place a tortilla directly over flame. Heat each side of tortilla until slightly browned at the edges but not burnt. Repeat until all of your tortillas are crisped. In a large baking pan, layer salsa, tortillas, beans, cheese and vegetables, and repeat leaving a layer of cheese on top. Place tin foil over top and bake 5 minutes. Then remove foil and bake another 8-12 minutes or until cheese has browned at the edges. Serve with sour cream, avocado, cilantro... you name it!  

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