Indeed we`ve been very sceptical, as we tried a Mexican Lasagna, also called Tortilla Lasagna, for the very first time in a Tex Mex Restaurant in our home city Chiang Mai, North Thailand.
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Ingredients for about 3-4 Torilla Lasagnas:
olive oil to fry
400 g minced beef
100 g Chorizo (spanish sausage), cubed
1 can tomatoes or 6-8 fresh,
1 onion, finely minced
4-5 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 stem celery, finely minced
1/2 carrot, finely minced
Italian parsley, finely minced
200 ml beef stock (bouillon cube)
1-2 tablespoons pickled Jalapeno peppers
1-2 tablespoons Jalapeno pickling liquid
3-4 tablespoons tomato paste
freshly grond, black pepper
flour tortillas (3-4 per Lasagna)
grated Mozzarella cheese
grated Monterey Jack, Cheddar or Pepper Jack
As we experienced, that sauces taste much better the following day, we prepare the Lasagna sauce, which is not much more, then a modified Bolognese sauce, one day in advance. Make sure, the sauce is not runny or the Lasagna will become soggy. Reduce the sauce until there is nearly no liquid left.
Heat olive oil in a big pot and fry the minced beef and the Chorizo, until it got a bit of color, then add onion, garlic, celery and carrot and fry for a while. Stir in tomato paste and deglaze with beef stock. Add tomatoes and simmer for 2-3 hours. As the sauce thickened enough, add minced, pickled Jalapeno peppers and season with the pickling liquid, salt, sugar and black pepper.
If You want the Lasagna in a quadratic or rectangular shape, then You`ll have to cut the round Tortilla. Preheat oven to 180° C. Grease a baking tray or an oven-proof cookingware and place one slice of the Tortilla on it. Spread 1-2 tablespoons of the sauce on it and add grated cheese, then cover it with the next Tortilla sheet and so on. On the last Tortilla sheet just add cheese as a topping. Bake the Mexican Lasagna in the oven for about 20 – 30 minutes and serve it with a Salsa verde (green Salsa) or Salsa roija (red Salsa) and Creme fraiche or sour cream.