I’m not going to dwell for long on this one. It’s not the type of recipe to make you go ‘oh I wish I was able to make that’ or ‘it looks too good to eat.’
It’s more of a born-of-necessity recipe, an ‘I have leftovers of many weird things and defrosted some mince when I didn’t need to.’ Those are my favourite ones The kind that takes 20 minutes from start to finish but will provide you at least 3 solid meals. Cheap and cheerful, quick and easy, and all the other cheesy, Flatter’s guide to food in a minute sayings that a meal centred around mince and veges conjures up. I am not ashamed to say this adapted lasagne was inspired by a recipe in a kids magazine and the need to use up leftover tortillas without a single morsel of coriander or salsa in sight.
4 large tortillas
1/2 red onion
1 can tomatoes
4 small red chillies
any veges you want (I used leftovers from the above recipe, a mixture of courgette/zucchini, potato, onion and red pepper)
a few handfuls of grated cheese
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius
Fry the onion over medium heat for 5 mins until soft, add mince and veges and fry till mince is browned
Add chillies and can of tomatoes, simmer for about 15 mins until sauce has reduced a bit
Layer mince, tortillas and cheese into a casserole dish (if you are lucky you’ll have a round one, otherwise cut tortillas to fit)
Bake at 200 degrees celcius for about 15 mins until cheese is golden
I would recommend this if you have a horde of hungry children (your own or otherwise) to feed, or if you know you won’t have much time to make lunch/dinner anytime in the next few days. There is also so much that can be done with this; add in any veges you want, take out the chillies, add in more chillies, make the sauce more exciting (this I would recommend most of all). Have fun with it, that’s what food is about.
All the cooking on the weekend must have affected my capacity to remember to take photos (even though for once it was daytime), so here you will see a vaguely relevant picture of the veges that went into the burritos, the leftovers of which contributed to this lasagne
you should put all these into a small book and sell at markets