Mexican tortilla bake

(from xombi’s recipe box)

Source: Mary Berry

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
Serves 6 people

Categories: Mexican


  • For the mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 500g/1lb 2oz beef mince
  • 1 mild red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1–2 tbsp mango chutney
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small bunch fresh coriander, chopped
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • To assemble
  • 3 large tortilla wraps
  • 250g/9oz full-fat mascarpone
  • 100g/31/2oz mozzarella, grated
  • 100g/31/2oz cheddar


  1. eheat the oven to 160C/140C Fan/Gas 3.

  2. Pour the oil into a large ovenproof frying pan over a medium heat, add the onions and fry for 3 minutes. Turn up the heat, add the mince and fry until brown, breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon and stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the chilli, red pepper, garlic and spices and fry for 5 minutes, or until all the moisture has evaporated and the mixture is quite dry. Stir in the tomato purée, mango chutney, tinned tomatoes and salt and black pepper. Cover with a lid, bring to the boil and transfer to the oven to simmer for an hour.

  4. move from the oven and stir in half the coriander. Increase the oven temperature to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  5. Spread a third of the cooked mince beef mixture over the bottom of the ovenproof dish and lay one tortilla wrap on top. Spread a third of the mascarpone (see tip) over the tortilla and sprinkle with a third of each of the mozzarella and Cheddar cheeses. Repeat twice more so you have 3 layers.

  6. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until golden-brown and bubbling. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving and garnish with the remaining coriander.

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