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enchilada lasagna - layers of Mexican flavor

Enchilada Lasagna

Fusion food at its finest. Or lazy food, whichever. I didn't feel like rolling enchiladas so I made this lasagna-style casserole instead. All the enchilada flavor, half the work.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Ingredients
  

For the sauce:

  • 2 ½ cups vegetable or beef broth
  • 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste 12 ounces total
  • 2-3 Tablespoons chili powder depending how spicy you want it
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 Tablespoon flour

For the assembly:

  • 1 15 ounce can refried beans
  • 8-12 ounces cheddar jack or colby jack cheese shredded
  • 8-10 soft taco sized flour tortillas
  • 1 pound cooked ground beef optional – if using, season with additional salt and garlic powder

Instructions
 

For the sauce:

  • Heat the oil in a 2 quart pot over medium heat.
  • Add in the flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Slowly pour in the broth, whisking to combine.
  • Add in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and salt and whisk to combine.
  • Continue to cook over medium heat until it begins to thicken, then whisk in tomato paste and remove from heat.

Assembly

  • Cut a few tortillas in quarters.
  • Put a couple of tablespoons of sauce into the bottom of an 8×8 inch pan, and place a layer of tortillas down with the cut edges towards the sides to cover the whole bottom, using additional tortilla pieces to fill in gaps (see picture below, I’m having a hard time describing it in words).
  • Spread a layer of refried beans, sprinkle a layer of cheese (and meat if using) and cover with sauce.
  • Repeat until the pan is full, ending with a layer of tortillas covered with sauce and cheese.
  • Cover tightly with foil and bake at 375 °F for 45 minutes, or until hot and bubbly and the cheese is melted.
  • Serve with sliced green onions, diced tomatoes and sour cream.

Notes

Cut sides towards the edges
 
Fill in the gaps
Keyword enchilada, enchilada casserole, enchilada lasagna, fusion cuisine