27 November 2011

Mexican Pizza Lasagna

 
This is the recipe that never ends.  My mom and I pass our revisions back and forth so often, that it almost feels like I'm back home in her kitchen.

It all started when I was home visiting the fam and made one of my late night [read: LATE late night] creations for my mom and siblings to snack on.  The dip won them over and the next time I was home to visit, my mom whipped up her version, in casserole form.  Oh. My. Gosh!  I was eating turkey back then and her 7 layer dip mexican lasagna featured hearty seasoned ground turkey and a full brick of cream cheese.  Hello comfort food!  Naturally I've been tinkering with it ever since.  These days I keep it simple, vegetarian, and stacked high and mighty in a pyrex baking bowl.

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 Mexican Pizza Lasagna
Tastes like a mexican pizza. Looks like a lasagna! Vegetarian, GF & easily Veganized

Serves two =)
To feed a crowd, break out that casserole dish and get your layer on!

Whats in it?
4 small corn tortillas
approx 1/2 can of refried beans
1-2 cups of  black beans
1/2 cup, or more, of enchilada sauce [My fav is Food Lion's store brand]
4 Tbsp of Mrs. Renfro's green salsa [or salsa verde]
1 medium roma tomato, diced
1 Tbsp green onions, chopped
shredded cheese, taco sauce + a dollop of sour cream or plain greek yogurt for topping


Random side note I've gotten in the habit of shredding up a colby jack string cheese stick on top of tacos, nachos, and mexican pizza.  They melt like a champ and act as cheesy portion control =)  Also, if you have a random packet of taco sauce lying around, it's nothing short of amazing when paired with this dish. 

Brontosaurus Chefs veganize by nixing the cheese or adding daiya. Easy peasy!
T-Rex Chefs saute ground turkey/beef with onions, garlic, taco seasoning + dried cilantro
Spicysaurus Chefs top off your dish with fresh or pickled jalapenos

Get Cooking!
Preheat oven to 350F. Prep a bake-able glass bowl with a thin layer of sauce to prevent sticking.  With a tortilla in one hand an a butter knife in the other, spread a thick layer of refried beans onto the corn tortilla.  Top with black beans, green salsa, more enchilada sauce, and then place inside your baking bowl or dish.  This will be your first layer.  Repeat this step for the next two layers.  If you're going the T-Rex route or need a cheese fix, top the bean-y goodness with [cooked] meat &/or cheese and repeat.  This not only makes fabulous leftovers but is a great way to use up leftovers you may have creeping around in your fridge!  Each layer will be more of the same until you reach the final tortilla.  Pretty it up with a splash of color!  Add diced tomatoes, jalapenos, shredded colby jack cheese and all your favorite toppings.  Bake at 350F for about 20-25 minutes and then top with additional tomato, and chopped green onions for an extra burst of color.  It doesn't need it, but a dollop of sour cream [or greek yogurt!] takes this baby to the next level.

mexican lasagna pizza
So... How was it?
Easy and ahhhhmazing!  If you can make a sandwich, you can make this lasagna!  No boiling noodles or mixing complicated fillings... just layer like a sandwich, bake, and enjoy.  It tastes fabulous the first day and equally phenomenal as leftovers.  Adding a little taco sauce makes it taste like a glammed up version of Taco bells Mexican pizza, minus the deep fried tortillas and sketch factor =)  The combination of warm melty goodness with crisp, cool tomatoes, green onions and sour cream is absolute perfection...  and oh-so satisfying!  It'll pair nicely with a side salad or you can simply pile shredded lettuce and guacamole right on top!  Balanced and baller!

Now go make this.  Stat! <3

& make extra!  In true lasagna fashion, it tastes even better the next day =)

and since I make it so often, I even whipped up a re-mix:
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76 comments:

  1. Yum this looks delish!  My two favorite foods (Mexican and Italian) combined into one makes this an awesome recipe!

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  2. Yay!!!! Totally make it sometime! deeelish!

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  3. People always leave this comment, but I swear, I just bookmarked this! ;)

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  4. This looks SO yummy! I have always loved (and bee-lined for) anything that looks like taco dip at a party. Turning it into its own dish (not a dip) is a perfect idea in my book! 
    Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. That looks ridiculously good--simple comfort food after being in a food coma the last few days.

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  6. This is my idea of heaven. Seriously. I think I'd add some avocado to the top and I could pretty much eat this for the rest of my life and be happy :)

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  7. OMG!!  This is killing me over here....I'm going to make this with goat cheddar...I'm dreaming of it now...swoon!!!

    xxoo

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  8. Meredith TurtletaubSunday, November 27, 2011

    This might be the most creative lasagna I've ever seen.  Love it!!   Just joined -- getting you one step closer to 1,000 ! 

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  9. This might be the most creative lasagna I've ever seen.  Love it!!   Just joined -- getting you one step closer to 1,000 ! 

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  10. Looks wonderful - extra jalapenos for me. :)

    Pinned to try this week!

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  11. Looks awesome!!  Thanks for sharing!

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  12. Thanks Meredith! SO nice to meet you! Following your blog too!! <3

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  13. Oh its AMAZING! My mom is a freaking genius! I just healthified it up a bit! and I want to hear alllll about your recreation with goat cheddar! Does it taste just like regular cheddar cheese? I love goat cheese and I love cheddar so...I'm thinking it rocks!

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  14. ahhh I usually do! its soooo good! totally make it =)

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  15. Thanks chickadee! <3 its ridiculously good! I need to catch up on your posts like woah! sorry I went MIA again! I've been in holiday mode non-stop! =)

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  16. Miiiiight have to show this one to the boyfriend because this looks delish!!

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  17. I just finished eating and these photos are making me hungry!!  It looks so good!

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  18. Thanks for combining my two favourite cuisines in one - Now I can make it at home instead of having to wait for restaurant nights ;)

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  19. Looks delicious!  I'm kind of hungry all of a sudden...  I just sent you an email and I mentioned that I've missed your posts.  And now here's a new one.  Oops!  Just scratch the first paragraph, please!  ;)

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  20. Can I just say NomNomNom, and hope everyone else understands?  I'm a sucker for anything Mexican. I just finished dinner and dessert, am physically stuffed, but now I want this. Oh, the delightful agony!

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  21. This looks amazing! I've been on such a Mexican food kick lately, so I'm definitely going to be making this!

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  22. Wonderful recipe, and it looks nutritious ridiculously easy. I serve my family enchiladas once a week, so the Mexican Pizza Lasagna will be an exciting change for them. This is also great "pizza" alternative for my husband, who is allergic to wheat and yeast.

    Alaiyo

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  23. I make a very similar recipe that has a crapton of carnitas in it. I kind of love this idea.

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  24. Leanne @ Healthful PursuitSunday, November 27, 2011

    Wow, this looks great! My Mom and I share recipes all the time. She and I both have a really hard time following a recipe and making note of all the changes we made to it. Thankfully the blog is making me better at noting down my steps in the kitchen... but the same cannot be said for my Mom!

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  25. This looks wonderful. I wish my Mom was around to swap recipes with. You are a lucky girl, enjoy every moment. I am bookmarking this one. This is a must try.

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  26. I've been dying for you to post this recipe! Ahh. Love! This looks easy and amazing! CanNOT wait to try this out!

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  27. This looks fabulous!  I love Mexican, and this little tortilla stack is perfect!  I have all the ingredients too.  Tomorrow is fend for yourself night, I think this is what I am going to make.  Thanks!!

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  28. Yummm! I like the idea of melting cheese sticks on top- I have no self control with cheese, so that may help with portion sizes and all :)

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  29. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.Sunday, November 27, 2011

    Yup, this looks awesome. And what a great tip on the string cheese! I'll have to remember that one!

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  30. Lindsay @ The Lean Green BeanSunday, November 27, 2011

    um yes, definitely making this for the hubby. like maybe tomorrow. yeah.

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  31. I LOVE this recipe! My mouth is watering...and it's GF! Yay! I made your Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin on Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit. You're amazing. xoxo <3

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  32. This looks so good!  And your pictures are so nice too- love it!

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  33. Holy smokes! Can't wait to try this! I would like to try Spicysaurus style please! :) Love the new pic of you and the hubs on the sidebar too! So CUTE!!!

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  34. Very interesting. The name is what caught my eye...This dish has the entire package. Sounds like a great late night snack or for an anytime meal.
    Mexican Pizza Lasagna certainly may be a great twist on some interesting tastes!
    pizza on earth,
    albert grande
    Pizza /therapy

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  35. omg, this looks like heaven. so amazing. thanks for sharing love. stop by sometime. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  36. now that looks super easy...more time to enjoy it :)

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  37. Yum!  I make a really delicious taco lasagna, but it has ground beef in it ... for us meat eaters out there! ;)  This looks amazing, too!

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  38. EA Stewart-The Spicy RDMonday, November 28, 2011

    Wow! This looks like a great excuse to go buy a pretty glass baking dish! Looks so good...it may even be on my dinner menu tonight!!!

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  39. oh my--you have combined all of my favorite foods/food types together!! bookmarked!

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  40. Oh that is just delicious looking.  I love all of the beautiful layers.

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  41. Yum - I think this looks amazing - I'll be adding this to my to-cook list (with Daiya, of course ;)). Mmmmm.....

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  42. Drool!! It's pretty! And it's Veg... nice!

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  43. Yum!  looks a lot like my mom's 7-layer dip that my whole family enjoys....http://www.myjudythefoodie.com/2011/07/friday-food-frenzy-dips-for-the-4th/

    I'm going to try this over the weekend...perfect for Sunday afternoons in front of the football games

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  44. LOVE it! That looks like my favourite bean quesadillas I make but topped with goodness too....ooh so tempting!

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  45. I am going to make this for my whole family when I go home for Christmas! They woul love this!! 

    <3Chelsea Elizabethhttp://www.organizedxxmess.blogspot.com

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  46. You had me at the title. Pizza + lasagna + Mexican = pure love. 

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  47. This makes me very hungry, and I'd like it piled up with guacamole please. Thanks.

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  48. OH this looks fantastic. I'd serve with a gallon of guac :)

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  49. How creative! I love the beautiful colors of this pizza lasagna! It looks so yummy too.

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  50. I am so happy, I finally am using my Pinterest account. I pinned this...it looks so good and I'm so hungry right now. :/

    Check out this weeks guest post {Motivate Me Monday}. :)

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  51. GothextramileblogMonday, November 28, 2011

    This is such a great idea!! looks awesome :D

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  52. Oh yummy, yummy, yummy! I make something similar but it normally ends up as one hot mess.  Yours is beautiful.  

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  53. My mom used to make a turkey version of this growing up! This looks great

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  54. Yippee! Thanks so much for the recipe! I really can't wait to try it. Maybe once I get through all these leftovers, but then again I haven't had any vegetables in days unless you count potatoes :) This definitely being bookmarked!

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  55. Yay! Thank you for this recipe! It looks amazing. Not to mention how pretty it is. (Though I'm sure mine won't turn out as beautiful as yours) 
    And I have to agree with everyone else, the addition of guacamole sounds delicious. 

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  56. That (referencing above photo) is a BEAUTIFUL thing!  I wants it.  Now.

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  57. I love Mexican and I love lasagna.  Perfect combination you have here!  I love everything in there!!!

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  58. This sounds wonderful! Can't wait to try it!

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  59. I just made 997...you go girl..that is AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I am writing it down right now.....thank you so very much for sharing! I have shared it with all of my FB friends....around 3100...you will reach 1000 very soon. Congratulations...

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  60. Thanks Adele!!!!!! =) I tried to find your blog but my computer is acting up! Can you email me the link?

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  61. Ok, this stuff sounds and looks amazing!! I'd probably make it with hamburger or turkey, but I think I would eat this without also!! Yum, thanks so much for sharing!

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  62. Over the course of his recipe's history in my fam, ive had it all three ways! and its glorious any way you choose chica! MWAH!

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  63. OMG.  You had me at Mexican!  Definitely going to surprise my hubby (who is Mexican) with this one night!!! =)  Thanks for the awesome recipe! Looks delish!

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  64. No other comment but "oh-my-goodness-this-looks-so-good-and-I-must-make-it-pronto" will suffice.

    Seriously. Yum.

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  65. I'm making this right now, Brit style! Can't wait. Will let you know how it turns out! xx

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  66. bookmarking this one!!!!!

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  67. CJ - Food StoriesMonday, April 02, 2012

    This recipe is very similar to a recipe that I make but yours photograps much better. Can't wait to try it out and I have signed up for your feed.

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  68. i love your page .... as an ex army wife... i think your page name is cute . and love the photo of u and ur hubby .. best of luck to you both ..

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  69. Made it, sooo delicious! pinned it, too. Love your site!

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