Anita's advice: Tolteca Tortilla Tortuga (Mexican lasagna with flourtortillas) - a main dish

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Anita's advice: Tolteca Tortilla Tortuga (Mexican lasagna with flourtortillas) - a main dish


A sweet-spicy oven dish.

4 servings



Tomato sauce:
1 sweet onion (250gr)
400gr of tomato frito
1 jar of semi-spicy dipping sauce
1 can of corn (140gr)
1 handful frozen peas (150gr)
150g minced meat or Quorn minced meat
1 teaspoon cilantro

10 black olives
90gr goat cheese
1 tomato

4 flour torillas (round 20cm)
50gr grated cheddar cheese


Preparation (30 min preparation, 20 min oven time):

14:00 Fry the minced meat with some oil in a small frying pan. Chop the onion (and pepper) and fry it for 3min in a large frying pan

14:10 Add the tomato frito, dip sauce, peas, corn and cilantro to the sautéed onion and heat the mixture to thicken. After 10 min add the minced meat

14:15 Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

14:20 Put 1/3 of the tomato sauce in a round baking dish, 20cm, then a tortilla (wrap), then a layer of 1/2 (thinly sliced) tomato, 5 (sliced) olives and 7 slices of goat cheese. Keep the filling in the centre, so that the dish gets 'a hump in the middle', like a turtle's shell (=tortuga). Then another tortilla.

Again the same layer: 1/3 of tomato sauce, tortilla, tomato-olive-cheese, tortilla.

Finally, sprinkle the rest of the tomato sauce and grated cheese on top. It's fun to make a face out of two tomato slices + two half olives + a strip of pepper cut across to decorate the tortuga.

14:30 Put the baking dish in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes.

14:50 Ready



The Toltecas were a highly-developed Mexican people. They liked good food, not too spicy, with round flavours. Their tortuga (turtle) was a traditional oven dish, ideal for when you have visitors.

2,05 for a 430 gram ration.
500Kcal pp = 19g fat (8g sat.) + 53g CH (21g sugar), 10g fibres, 21g proteine, 4,9g salt


Due to the (ready-made) tomato frito and the (ready-made) dipping sauce, this dish contains a relatively high amount of salt. Just make it yourself: spice up the fried onion with a clove of garlic, 1 chopped red onion, 1 pepper and a few drops of Tabasco, add 1teaspoon basil and 1teaspoon hot chilli powder, take 500gr fresh tomatoes, and let it thicken a little longer on the stove. It's a bit more work, but the nutritional values look a lot better:

2,15 for a 440 gram ration.
420Kcal pp = 16g fat (8g sat.) + 40g CH (13g sugar), 13g fibres, 20g proteine, 2,3g salt

(Anita is the author of «Live2Eat, Eat2Live». She thinks that, in addition to food for thought, we should serve some tasty, easy, cheap and healthy dishes.)