This past weekend was a little crazy for me! (But don’t I say that every weekend) Saturday morning I was supposed to volunteer but I canceled as I had too much to do! I had a Mexican Lasagna I needed to make, and 42 cupcakes to make, plus I had to go to the store to get all the stuff to make everything. I also wanted to have lunch with my friend April, as her Birthday was Sunday and I had Stacey’s Baby Shower to go to in Limon so I wouldn’t be around Sunday, So I wanted to make it a point to at least say Hi to April. I mean come on its her birthday! So we met April, Marty and Wesley for some lunch…
I’ve known her since 9th grade!
Normy got to go to the U2 concert (with James). Lucky Bastards!
So then Sunday was Stacey’s Baby shower we were asked to make a Casserole, for her to freeze for after the baby is born so she can just pop it in the oven and not have to worry about dinner. So I wanted to make something totally awesome So I made my Mexican Lasagna . But changed it up a little bit. check it out…BUT First you must check out the cupcakes I made…
Mommy to be…
Now let’s get down to how to make this beast of a Lasagna:
2 – 1.25 pounds Ground Turkey
2 packages of Taco Seasoning
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
2 whole Onions diced
3 jalapeno, seeded and diced
1 can black beans drained and washed
3 medium cans mild green chili’s diced (I used 3, because I love green Chili’s)
2 packages (16 Ounces) Mexican Cheese Blend
1 large can (28 Ounce) Enchilada Sauce
1 Large can of diced tomatoes
1 large tomatoes chopped for garnish, and lettuce
Sour Cream, to taste
one bunch of Cilantro, or to taste (I Like a LOT, so I use a bunch)
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees
Start by browning the meat
I always add salt and pepper to taste (even if I am adding other seasonings, you ALWAYS gotta add salt and pepper)
Ground the meat up, Or get you a strong latin man, named Normando Luis to help you with this
then add taco seasoning as directed on Package
then take another medium skillet and preheat it to medium low heat and fill with 1/4 cup vegetable oil, or more as needed and heat until it sizzles/bubbles when adding a tortilla.
(while the oil heats up and the turkey is cooking) start chopping the Green/Red Bell Pepper,
Once you have onions, and Green and Red Bell Peppers chopped up, go ahead and add them to the meat
While you cook down the onions and bell peppers for a few minutes you can start adding one tortilla at a time to the hot oil, just drop the tortilla long enough so its covered on both sides with oil and it sizzles/bubbles a little, maybe 5 seconds, drain off in pan as best you can, then Place on a Paper towel to drain until ready to use (I would start with 18 tortillas, 6 each layer and there are 3 layers) If you want more you can do more as you need them.
once meat and onions, and bell peppers are cooked until onions are translucent turn heat off of meat and add some cilantro (optional)
OK so now it is time to assemble your Lasagna
I start with a little meat on the bottom of the pan, so it helps the tortillas not to stick, Then I start with the 1st layer of tortillas
Then add the meat, onion, bell pepper mixture
then add black beans, or any kind of beans you like
then add the chopped up jalapeno
Then add tomatoes, enchiladas sauce and green chilis
then add the cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese
Then start with your next layer of Tortillas
jalapeno, and Enchiladas sauce
Tomatoes and Green Chilies
and more cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese
Then do your last layer of tortillas (I had one extra)
Meat and Beans
Beans, Beans the musical fruit, the more you eat the more you toot!
and everything else
I topped mine with Cheese and Cilantro
(Or should I say Stacey’s, Not mine!)
Sure Hope her family likes it!
Now if you were to pop this baby in the oven, first I would put a sheet pan under it as it is so full I bet it will bake over. Bake at 400º for 60 to 90 minutes until cheese has melted and its bubbling. When you remove from the oven and the Lasagna has cooled some, Sprinkle more cilantro over the top if you want and serve with Chopped lettuce and Tomatoes and sour cream…or salsa!
All wrapped up and I even have a recipe card I Laminated for Stacey and there is some Jamie Salsa for her to have with it too! Not bad (If I may say so myself).