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Friday, April 8, 2011

Spicy Mexican Bake

This was such a hit at our house the other night - they were all asking for more!!!!

It kind of defies definition - but for want of a better description it is kind of like a "Mexican Lasagne" - if there is such a thing!?!  I am not sure where I picked up this recipe - it has been in my collection for a very long time.  Don't be scared by the term spicy - it is just that there are several spices in the mix - you can alter the amounts to your personal preference.  As I was serving "The Darlings" I went easy on the chilli powder - but feel free to use more.

Spicy Mexican Bake

Serves 6

1 onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red capsicum, seeds removed, diced
1 kg beef mince
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano powder
2 tbs tomato paste
2 cans (400g each) crushed tomatoes
1 can (400g) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
6-8 flour tortillas
250g low fat ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cups grated cheese

Sour cream, avocado, salsa, chopped tomatoes and chopped shallots to serve.

Heat a small amount of oil in a large frypan.  Add the onions and garlic, cook stirring for 2-3 minutes, or until starting to soften.  Add the capsicum and continue cooking for another 2-3 minutes, or until the vegetables and softened.  Add the mince and cook over high heat, breaking up the meat, until it is browned.

Add the spices, tomato paste and tomatoes.  Season well, and simmer for 25-30 minutes.  Stir through the kidney beans.

Preheat oven to 180C.

Lightly grease a large rectangular baking dish.  Place some of the meat onto a tortilla.  Roll up, and place seam side down in the baking dish.  Repeat, making sure you reserve enough mince mixture to place over the top of all the tortillas.

In a bowl mix together the ricotta cheese, and 1/2 cup of the grated cheese.  Season well with salt and pepper.

Spread the ricotta mixture over the tortillas.

Top with the reserved mince mixture.  Sprinkle with grated cheese.

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the cheese has melted, and is golden brown.

Serve topped with a dollop of sour cream, avocado slices, chopped tomatoes, and chopped shallots, and salsa to taste.

I guarantee they will be begging for more of this one!!!!


  1. Haha, very similar to a nigella kitchen recipe, I found it surprisingly delicious :)

  2. This looks easy and tasty, the sort of dish I like. Diane

  3. Yum! I love easy casserole dishes like this! Definitely going to try it out very soon! =)


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