RECIPE

Rachael Ray’s Southwestern Lasagna Torta

Lasagna is reinvented Tex-Mex-style!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups prepared salsa, divided
  • 8 corn tortillas (6-inch), cut crosswise in quarters, divided
  • 10 ounces frozen peas, thawed, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/3 cup drained sliced pickled jalapeño chili peppers
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped

Preparation

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the onion and cook, stirring until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the pork and break it up with a wooden spoon; cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning with 1/2 cup water and simmer, stirring, until saucy, 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a round 9-inch-deep dish pie pan. Add 1/2 cup salsa to the bottom of the pan and till to coat. Arrange a third of the tortilla pieces on top, overlapping slightly to make an even layer. Top with half the meat mixture and half the peas, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Add another layer of tortilla pieces, 1/2 cup salsa and the refried beans; sprinkle with the jalapeños and 1/3 cup cheese. Layer with the remaining tortilla pieces, meat mixture and peas; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese.

Cover the pan snugly with foil, set on a baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes. Uncover the pan, sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup cheese on top and bake until bubbling, about 8 minutes. Tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Uncover and top with the sour cream and cilantro.

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