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Enchilada Suiza Mexican Lasagna

Enchilada Suiza Mexican Lasagna


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

  • 2 pounds ground chicken or turkey breast

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander

  • Salt and pepper

  • One can hominy (15 ounces), rinsed

  • 1 red onion, chopped

  • 2 jalapeño or serrano chili peppers, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, grated or finely chopped

  • 12 large or 14 small tomatillos, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1/3 cup cilantro or flat leaf parsley leaves (a generous handful)

  • 2 avocados

  • Grated peel and juice of 2 limes

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • One package flour tortillas (11 ounces)

  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

  • 1/2 pound Swiss cheese, shredded

  • 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream


Pre-heat the broiler or the oven to 400°F. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, crumbling the meat, and the cumin and coriander; season with salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in the hominy and cook for about 3 minutes more.

In a large saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO, one turn of the pan. Add the onion, chili peppers and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.

Using a food processor, process the tomatillos and cilantro until almost smooth, then stir into the onion mixture and simmer for 5 minutes. Rinse out the food processor bowl. Add the avocados, lime peel and lime juice; puree, then season with salt. Stir the avocado mixture into the tomatillo sauce. Stir in the honey.

In a dry skillet, or over an open flame, cook the tortillas until charred. In a bowl, combine the Monterey Jack and Swiss cheeses. In a 9-inch by-13-inch baking dish, layer some sauce, tortillas, meat, cheese, tortillas and so on, ending with a layer of cheese. Broil until browned and bubbly, about 5 minutes. Pass the crème fraîche at the table.