Apologies to anyone who is actually Mexican: I made this dish up myself, and I just named it that because it uses some of the ingredients that I use in other “Mexican” dishes. So I am super non-ethnic, gimme a break. If you’ve ever been to my house for dinner more than once, or if you’ve been sick or had a baby and I brought you a meal, chances are you’ve had this. I get a lot of requests for the recipe, so here it is:
3 whole wheat tortillas, each cut in half
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can corn, rinsed and drained
1 jar Ortega taco sauce (I use the mild red kind)
Shredded cheddar cheese, however much you like
Optional topping: sliced black olives, jalapenos, & sour cream (yeah right, like sour cream is optional. What are you, a Communist?)
-Spray a 9×13 glass dish, preheat oven to 350 degrees
-Brown the ground beef/turkey and prepare with taco seasoning just like if you were making tacos
-Pour a little bit of the taco sauce into the bottom of the pan to coat
-Lay 3 tortilla halves across the bottom of the pan (these will be your lasagna “noodles”)
-Layer half of the meat, half of the beans, and half of the corn on top of tortillas. Spread out evenly.
-Pour about 1/3 of the jar of taco sauce over these layers, spreading out. (use more or less as you like…I don’t like mine to come out too soggy, so I might use a bit less)
-Cover the entire thing with shredded cheddar, repeat layering again with remaining ingredients. Be sure to get some of the taco sauce down around the sides of the tortillas so they won’t be too dry and bland. (You probably will have some of the taco sauce left in the jar when you’re finished, you can just refrigerate and use it for other stuff later-it makes yummy sauce for a southwestern breakfast burrito later!)
-On top layer, you may want to garnish with sliced black olives or jalapenos. I always do!
-Bake about 25 minutes or until cheese is all bubbly and a bit crispy around the edges. Plop some sour cream on it and enjoy, using some Scoops or other crunchy corn tortilla chips to help you clean your plate. YUM!
*This can easily be made into a vegetarian meal by omitting the meat, adding more beans, and seasoning the beans with the taco seasoning or plain cumin.