Friday, August 3, 2012

Tex-Mex Lasagna

This odd, culturally commingled dish will confuse and delight your friends and family. It's got the cheesy, carb-y goodness of a traditional Italian lasagna combined with all of your favorite Tex-Mex flavors. It feels wrong, you say? But it is so, so right.

Now just crack open a cerveza or pour yourself a margarita and have your own little fiesta.

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (leave the seeds for extra heat)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce (no salt added)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 1/2 cup of Monterrey jack cheese, shredded 
  • 1/2 cup asadero cheese, shredded

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  4. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  5. Add garlic, cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  6. Add tomatoes and jalapeño. Simmer for another 5 minutes.
  7. Add ground turkey and season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, chili powder, ground cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, and black pepper.
  8. Brown the meat for about 5 minutes.
  9. Add tomato sauce and simmer for an additional minutes. Reduce the heat to low.
  10. Combine the cheeses together in a medium bowl.
  11. Begin to assemble the lasagna in an 8x8 baking dish. Add a thin layer of the sauce. Top with cheese. Place 4 tortilla halves on top to cover. Repeat the process for two more layers.
  12. Drizzle the top with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
  13. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  14. Increase the oven heat to 400 degrees F and bake for additional 5 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly.
  15. Serve with chopped green onions, sour cream, or any of your other favorite toppings.
To layer the tortillas, place them in the baking dish
round side facing inward.

Add the final two halves to cover the top and bottom
edges of the baking dish.

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