Gio's Amazing Mexican Lasagna
I know this is supposed to be a Seafood website, but... Why not.
1.5 lbs ground beef (not the lean junk)
1 can black beans
1 small can refried beans (not the lame vegetarian kind)
1 large can sliced olives
1 pack Tortillas (Flour or Corn) ( I like the corn flavor, but then you have to cut them..)
1 block Jack cheese (1/2 lb)
1 block Med-Sharp. Cheddar (1/2 lb)
1 LARGE can Enchilada Sauce ( go with the Spicy kind you wuss! )
1 tablespoon Chili Powder -- or more...
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Bunch Cilantro
For Ancho Salsa:
1/2 package dried Ancho Chili (look in the Mexican section, at Vons- plastic bags)
1/2 package dried California Chili (For hotter salsa use Chili Arbol)
5 Fresh Serrano Chilis (for heat)
2 whole tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1/2 to 1 tablespoons salt ( I know it seems like a lot, but you'll need it)
Ok here we go...
Start of with the Salsa:
Remove stems of all chilis, remove husk from tomatillo. Put tomatillo, all Chilis, and Tomato into a 6 qt. pot, and cover chilis with water. Boil for about 30 Mins. Seeds are ok. while boiling start on Lasagna Layers. When chilis are soft drain Liquid, but RESERVE the Liquid. Put the now soft Chilis, Tomato etc. in a Blender with the garlic, and some of the liquid, and blend. Keep adding the liquid (you'll need most of it) till you reach the desired consistency. pour into a container and start stirring in the salt to taste. Yum!
Brown the Beef, seasoning with generous amount of chili powder, garlic salt and Pepper, (or taco seasoning if your lazy) set aside.
Start with a 10" non stick ROUND CAKE PAN. If you are using flour tortillas, buy one that are just slighly larger than the pan. Lay one tortilla in the bottom of the pan. put a nice layer about a 1/4" of the refried bans for base. lay a light layer of ground beef, then sprinkle black beans and olive slices lightly around the circle. Then a light layer of both cheeses. Then a light layer of the enchilada Sauce.
Another Tortilla, Then Enchilada Sauce and Repeat 2 More times.
Top Layer will Just be Tortilla, sauce and Cheeses.
Bake at 400 for about 30 mins
You MUST let cool 15-20 mins. Cut and serve with a spatula or pie knife, Spoon an nice bit of the Salsa on top, Garnish with Sour Cream, Avacados, Lime wedges, and Cilantro!
Enjoy! Soooo Good, and Even Better on Day 2.