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Layers of tortillas with a mixture of peppers, tomato sauce, ground beef, and grated cheese, baked in the oven.
«Pastel de pobre» or «Torta Azteca» is the name of this tasty Mexican specialty, which is often a creative way to use up whatever is left in the refrigerator. As with many of my Mexican recipes, I owe this one to a fellow student with me while at École Polytechnique, Maria del Pilar.
|2||onions, finely chopped||400 g|
|4 cloves||garlic, minced|
|1||yellow or red sweet peppers, cut into bite-size pieces||200 g|
|2 tbsp||butter, unsalted||28 g|
|2 tbsp||canola oil||30 mL|
|3/4 cup||canned tomatoes (diced)||190 g|
|460 g||ground beef, extra-lean, or lean|
|1/4 cup||cream cheese||35 g|
|1/2 cup||beef broth||125 mL|
|2 tsp||tomato paste||10 mL|
|1 tsp||ground cumin||3 g|
|1 tsp||cayenne pepper||3 g|
|1 tsp||dried oregano||1 g|
|1 pinch||salt [optional]||0.1 g|
|ground pepper to taste [optional]|
|5||corn tortillas, about 21 cm diameter||220 g|
|1/2 cup||Cheddar cheese, grated||40 g|
|aluminum foil, to cover the dish|
Preheat the oven to 175°C/350°F.
Cook the filling
Assemble and cook the «torta»
The filling can be prepared in advance. The «torta» can then be assembled and baked just before serving.
per 1 serving (360g)
% Daily Value
|Vegetables and Fruits :||2||servings|
|Grain Products :||2 ¼||servings|
|Milk and Alternatives :||¼||serving|
|Meat and Alternatives :||1||servings|
|Meat and Alternatives||3|
This meal was delicious. It took longer than expected to make it the first time, but the whole family (even the picky ones) loved it.