Mexican Torta

Day 69: “Saving Dinner

March 10, 2011

We all need to get the family meal on the table quickly and hope that a majority of the members of our family will eat it.  I love Mexican food in any combination and I am always looking for fast and different ways to serve it to my family.

I have been a fan of the gals at “Saving Dinner” for many years now and have been following them on their website.  They have different subscription levels where you can get menus, shopping lists and recipes emailed to you.  I love their packages of the frozen meal recipes that they sell.  I can spend a couple of hours mixing and freezing and know that I have a healthy meal that my family will eat ready to go at a moments notice in the freezer. This cookbook takes each of the 4 seasons and divides them into 8 weeks.  Great family meals contained in the covers of this cookbook!  I think the crock-pot taco chicken looks yummy as well.

The Ruling:  Three of us ate it and enjoyed it.  I do think the youngest one tasted it and that was it.  My husband thought it needed more flavor, I would agree with him. I would give a couple of shakes of red pepper flakes into this the next time. I had my hubby make this recipe and I didn’t realize but he used breakfast sausage ground turkey, instead of the plain ground turkey I had bought.  I don’t think it affected the flavor much.  We did run out of corn tortillas and ended up using some flour ones, but I think it worked just fine.

Mexican Torta, page 143


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 4-ounce can chopped green chiles, drained
  • 16 corn tortillas, cut into wedges
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 16 ounce can refried beans (use fat-free)
  • 1 7-ounce jar roasted red bell peppers, drained
  • salsa, optional
  • low-fat sour cream, optional


  1. In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat and cook onions till translucent. Add garlic and cook another minute. Then add turkey, and cook until browned, breaking into small pieces, as you go. Add the taco seasoning according to package directions, mixing well and allowing to simmer for a couple of minutes until slightly thickened. Stir in the chiles and set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees, F. Lightly grease a 10-inch pie plate. Place one-fourth of the tortilla pieces on the bottom of the pie plate (till covered). Spread with half of the turkey mixture; sprinkle with 1 cup of cheese; spread with beans. Place yet another one-fourth of the tortillas on beans; top with roasted red peppers. And finally, place the remaining tortillas on the roasted peppers and spread with remaining turkey mixture. Top with remaining 1 cup cheese. Cover and bake 30-40 minutes or until cheese is melted and center is hot. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting into your masterpiece.
  3. Can be served with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

To Joyful, Simplified Living,

MS. Simplicity

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  1. Pingback: Week In Review: March 11, 2011 | 365clevercookbooks

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