As promised - no simmer dinner last night!!!
Had a hankering for something spicy though, so I decided to make some Mexican! Something quick and easy that I knew everyone would love - and love it they did! They all wanted more - and there wasn't any!!!
Mexican Tortilla Stack
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 red capsicum, seeds removed, chopped
2 cloves crushed garlic
600g chicken mince *
400g can chopped tomatoes
35g pkt taco seasoning
420g can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
250g ricotta cheese
300g grated tasty cheese
6 flour tortillas
corn chips to garnish
sour cream, avocado, and salsa to garnish
* you could also use beef mince
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
In a non stick fry pan heat a small amount of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and capsicum. Cook, stirring for approximately 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
Add the chicken mince and increase the heat to medium high. Cook the mince quickly, breaking it up as you go. When the mince is cooked, add the tomatoes and taco seasoning. Mix well, and then add the kidney beans. Simmer for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture thickens.
In a small bowl combine the ricotta cheese with 200g of the grated cheese. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Spray a round ovenproof dish lightly with non stick cooking spray. Ladle a small amount of salsa onto the base of the pan so that is just covers the bottom. Place a flour tortilla on top of the salsa, top with some meat mixture, then dollop with small amounts of the cheese mixture. Top with another tortilla, and repeat the layers. Finish with a tortilla last. Top the tortilla with crumbled up corn chips, then top with the remaining grated cheese.
Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and it is golden on top.
There you have a very basic, easy Mexican meal that isn't your run of the mill boring tacos or burritos.
You could also add some corn kernels to the meat mixture - but I thought that was pushing my luck a little too far with "the Darlings". If you need to serve more people, double the amounts and make 2 stacks!! They will get gobbled down - I guarantee it!! The beauty about this dish is that by using taco seasoning you are not making it too hot - the kids will like it - to increase the heat, use extra hot sauce to garnish your dish!!
Everyone's a winner!!