Gringo Champandongo

11Feb10

I’ve completely gringo-fied a traditional Mexican dish. What’s more, I can’t seem to spell it correctly or consitently. Shame on me. It’s very tasty, though. Featured in classic books such as Like Water for Chocolate, Champandongo is one classic Mexican dish that hasn’t been bastardized by Taco Bell…yet. Randy and Tory call it MEXICAN LASAGNA. I call it a monstrosity that will feed an army. Seriously, this recipe will serve 6-8 people, easily. It’s not a pretty dish, but it is VERY filling.

I can’t believe I actually made this using Steak-ums. I’d be ashamed of myself if it hadn’t turned out to be so damn tasty….

Gringo Champand0ngo
You will need…

1 box Steak-ums
1 jar medium salsa
1 jar mole sauce
2 small onions, diced (reserve 1/2 cup)
1 small tin green chiles, diced
Olive oil
8 large flour tortillas
3 cups shredded cheese of your choice
1 cup heavy cream
1 small can black beans
1 small can refried beans

1. In a saute pan, pan-fry both sides of each tortilla in a little olive oil until crispy, fragrant, and golden brown. Stack on a plate lined with paper towels.

2. Meanwhile, saute the Steak-ums along with half a jar of salsa, half a jar of mole sauce, the onions, and the chiles until steak is browned.

3. In a third pan, warm the two cans of beans, stirring to combine.

4. In the bottom of a 13 by 9 glass baking pan, pour the heavy cream and then drizzle in some of the mole sauce.

5. Coat one side of each tortilla with the bean mixture.

6. Layer the bean-coated tortillas, then some of the beef mixture, then a little of the raw onion, more mole sauce, salsa, and cheese. Repeat, topping the very top layer with plenty of cheese.

Place in 300 degree oven for 25 minutes. When cheese is melted and the casserole has begun to bubble, it is ready to eat. Serve on a warmed plate. Pairs well with IPA, Hefeweizen, and of course, Corona. DOES NOT PAIR WELL WITH RED WINE.

If serving for breakfast, you may want to top each plate with a sunny-side-up egg, or add scrambled eggs to each layer. Suggested condiments for this dish are hot sauce, salsa, salsa verde, and sour cream.

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One Response to “Gringo Champandongo”

  1. Interesting version. What the heck are “Steak-ums”?


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