Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Ark Mex Lasagna

We don't cook much Mexican food at Linderhof. There aren't a lot of choices for meals out on the prairie but Mexican and Chinese are two options. So that we have something to look forward to when eating out, those dishes rarely make an appearance on Linderhof's table.

But we were both in the mood for Mexican and both in the mood to stay home. A favorite cookbook, The Dairy Hollow House Cookbook, by Crescent Dragonwagon, holds the recipe for this fabulous dish full of Mexican flavors.

She calls is Ark Mex Lasagna because of the layers of flavor of cheeses and beans and corn tortillas dipped in salsa (Arkansalsa if you follow her recipe). I used a cast iron skillet and made for perfect wedges.
A side of Spanish rice -- the perfect Mexican meal and a good meatless meal -- it is Foodie Friday but it's also a Lenten Friday!

Please join Michael at Designs by Gollum to see what everyone has cooked up this Friday!

Ark Mex Lasagna

2 cans pinto beans, drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 t. cumin
1 t. oregano
corn tortillas
2 - 3 cups salsa
3 cups Cheese (I use cheddar, jack mix but you can use whatever kind you prefer)

Mash one can of pinto beans and then mix with other can. Add chopped onion, cumin, and oregano.

Put salsa in pie pan. Dip corn tortilla in salsa and put one layer in bottom of oven proof dish (I use an iron skillet). Top with a layer of beans. Then another layer of salsa dipped tortillas. Top that layer with cheese. Repeat until beans and cheese are all used up. Ending, of course with a good topping of cheese.

Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly (about 20 minutes).


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This looks so good. I wish I had that recipe! Sounds so yummy!

Kathleen said...

Oh my. Can you believe I have this cook book and have never tried any of the recipes! You have just inspired me!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha....This looks so good. I wish I had that recipe, we love Mexican food.

Happy Foodie Friday.


Pondside said...

I've never tried to cook Mexican food. That looks yummy!

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, that looks wonderful! Allie got that "Can we make that?" gleam in her eye!
xoxo Pattie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful-sounding meatless meal!

The Charm of Home said...

Now that sounds really easy and delicious! I would use my cast iron to make that too.

Rattlebridge Farm said...

I love Crescent Dragonwagon's recipes. The Ark-Mex Lasagne is so pretty--like edible art. All of those lucious layers. Yum!

Sherry said...

Ditto! And I'm with the other Sherry about the cast iron too!

Lottie said...

I made this for supper tonight! It was a cold windy day and this just hit the spot! It looked beautiful when I took it out of the oven in the black cast iron skillet. The flavor was good...somehow I really loved the flavor of the onions with the pintos. We will definitely have this again.