Mexican Vegetarian Casserole

This comforting Mexican vegetarian casserole is not only easy to prepare, it is also full of veggies and I can assure you that it will have your family coming back for more.

Servings: 4-6


  • Sauce:
  • 1 pound tomatillos, husks and stems removed, rinsed well
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, tightly fitted
  • Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 cups kale leaves, washed and trimmed
  • 2 poblano chiles, charred, stemmed. seeded and diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup sour cream, Mexican crema or vegan sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded melting cheese, or vegan melting cheese


  1. For the Sauce: Add tomatillos, garlic cloves, and onion water and salt to a Farberware 2-Qt Saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook for 6 to 8 minutes. When the tomatillos are cooked, process with the cilantro in food processor until sauce is smooth, about two minutes.
  2. For the Filling: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Farberware 9.75-Inch Skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms for 3 to 5 minutes and slowly start adding the kale. Continue adding as the kale wilts. Season with salt.
  3. For the Tortillas: Heat some vegetable oil in a Farberware 8-Inch Skillet over medium heat. Using tongs, dip the tortillas one at a time for about 15 seconds. Set aside over a plate lined with paper towels. You could also lightly toast them in a skillet with no oil until lightly browned.
  4. To Assemble: Cover the bottom of a Farberware 9x13-Inch Baking Pan with the tomatillo sauce. Layer with 6 tortillas, cover the tortillas with the kale and mushroom filling, drizzle about one-third of the sauce over the filling. Top the filling and sauce with half of the cream and half of the melting cheese. Top with 6 more tortillas, cover them with sauce, the remaining cream, and cheese.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°F. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake until sauce is bubbling and cheese melted, about 10 to 15 minutes. Uncover and leave 5 to 7 minutes more or until the cheese begins to brown.
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings
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