Mexican Tortilla Bake & Homemade Horchata

I’m not a vegan, but I am a proud vegetarian who enjoys cooking and baking without using dairy or animal products as often as possible. As a lover of Mexican food and lasagna, I was thrilled to stumble across a recipe for Mexican Tortilla Bake. This delicious dish is easy on the wallet, a breeze to make, and seriously good –  it’s what I would imagine a Mexican-inspired lasagna to taste like! And, of course, what Mexican fiesta would be complete with a cool glass of horchata?

Mexican Tortilla Bake

– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– 1 large garlic clove, minced
– 11/2 cups cooked pinto beans or one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed
– 1 141/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– 11/2 cups prepared tomato salsa
– 4 ounces soft or silken tofu
– 2 tablespoons lime juice
– 12 6-inch flour tortillas
– 1 cup shredded vegan cheese

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Lightly oil a 9″ x 13″ baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the pinto beans, tomatoes, chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine the salsa, tofu, lime juice, and 1/2 cup of the bean mixture. Process until well blended.
  4. Spread a thin layer of the tofu and salsa mixture over the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Arrange 6 of the tortillas on top, overlapping as necessary. Spread the remaining bean mixture over the tortillas and cover with another layer of tortillas. Top with the remaining tofu-and-salsa mixture and sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
  5. Bake until hot and bubbly and lightly browned on top, about 30 minutes.

Homemade Horchata

– 1 cup long grain rice, rinsed
– 1 quart of soy milk
– 2 quarts water
– 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, but definitely necessary, in my opinion)
1/2 cup white sugar

  1. In a large saucepan, combine rice, water and cinnamon. Heat until it’s just about ready to boil.
  2. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool.
  3. Purée rice mixture in a blender until smooth. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine sieve. Flavor with vanilla and sugar to taste. Chill, and serve over ice.

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  1. Turi (ModCloth) 04/13/2010 at 11:10 am #

    I’m starving and this looks soooooo good!

  2. Pam 04/13/2010 at 12:09 pm #

    yummy! thanks,for sharing this.

  3. Grandma Tanning 04/13/2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Looks good to me!! What time is dinner?

  4. Laurennn 04/13/2010 at 12:48 pm #


  5. Jan 04/13/2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Im mexican!This is an excellent recipe.. i may change some of the ingredients but the idea is so cool and yummi!!

  6. LadyLUX 04/13/2010 at 2:16 pm #

    That looks incredibly good!

  7. Richard (ModCloth) 04/13/2010 at 2:47 pm #


  8. Hannah 04/13/2010 at 4:12 pm #

    How did I miss this?

  9. Kellie 04/13/2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Yum makes me think of the Vampire Weekend song “Horchata” 🙂

  10. Christen (ModCloth) 04/13/2010 at 5:22 pm #

    Yummyummyummy, this looks just as amazing as it tasted! Great job, Annie!

  11. Tiffany 04/13/2010 at 7:36 pm #

    I have Ceilac’s and must eat gluten free. This is fantastic, I’m going to try to make this with corn tortillas rather than the flour ones mentioned above. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Maria 04/14/2010 at 1:00 pm #

    I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I love anything Mexican. I’m definitely going to try this.

  13. Jacky 04/14/2010 at 11:31 pm #

    has someone been listening to Vampire Weekend =p. I think I’ll have to try and make this.

  14. Divissima of Mexican Food 04/14/2010 at 11:41 pm #

    Since it is a Mexican-inspired dish, why not call it “Mexican-ish Tortilla Bake”? Other than that it does sound rather good. And I’m with Tiffany. I would definitely make it with corn tortillas.

  15. Genevieve 04/18/2010 at 9:15 pm #

    This was delicious, I added some avocado slices as well but I would recommend this recipe highly.

  16. Alex 04/19/2010 at 1:10 am #

    I’m a vegetarian, and I’m always looking for different ways to eat things without meat, but in a healthy way. Regular cheese lasagna, it’s probably not that good for you. But the recipe you mentioned doesn’t sound too bad. Oh, by the way, I think this website should open a store. I really like the clothes, but I’m not sure if I’ll like them on, or in person. So yeah, just my opinion(: great site.

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