I just finished a four day fast. I like to do this type of thing a few times a year and it just seemed right to start it on Monday. Sometimes, I go longer than four days, but this time I didn’t. Every now and then, I like to let food know that it I’m not its bitch. To commemorate my foray back into eating again, I would like to share the most excellent concoction I’ve made in the last month. The nice thing is, if you want to make this totally meatless on a Friday (heya fellow Catholics), then bake away.
And with the help of an amalgam of about 100 recipes, I bring to you:
Allison’s Trash-Mex Tortilla Casserole
(Oh, I’ve got a WHOLE repertoire of self-proclaimed Trash-Mex recipes. And they all rock.)
First off, I want you to think of this like a lasagna: it’s got (repeated) layers of “starch,” “sauce,” and cheese.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Optional meat layer
Cooked chicken (about 4 chicken breasts, diced)
One package of soft tortillas
3-4 cups of any cheese you like (we used a Monterrey jack blend)
2 T oil
2 peppers (I used a red and a yellow)
One jar of salsa
One can of mexi-corn (or any corn with a jar of green chiles)
One can of crushed tomatoes
Spoon some of the mexi-sauce layer in the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan
On top of the mexi-sauce, layer some soft tortillas like so (I’ve also ALWAYS wanted to say “like so”)
Layer each subsequent tortilla layer with the mexi-sauce, cheese, and (optionally) some cooked chicken and repeat until you can’t anymore.
Cover with aluminum foil to cook.
350 for about 45 minutes. Take off the foil to make the top cheese all melty the last 10 minutes.
- You will want to let this cool a WHILE before you eat it. If not, it will 1. be hot as magma 2. not stay together very well, and therefore 3. not look very visually pleasing on your plate. I’d say at least 1/2 hour, an hour if you can keep your mitts off of it.
- I have found this dish to be exceptionally good (or better) the next day. I even like it cold, but I’m weird that way.
- You can add anything else you want to your sauce. Like jalapenos? Throw ‘em in that sauce. Honestly, I think this rocks with whatever *you* like in your “Trash-Mex” cooking.
- ENJOY. I’ve always wanted to add that word to a direction/recipe. I like when that is the last step of anything. It’s a nice touch.
- If you don’t like it, the next time I see you, I will hug you. That’s a promise, not a threat.