Monday, August 20, 2007

Tortilla Pie

Okay, back on track!! Tonight we're having Tortilla Pie. It's so yummy, one of our favorites! A lot of the ingredients are things I always have on hand, so it's easy to make and fast. It's on the cover of a cook book I have hanging on the wall of my kitchen, so it's one I don't forget about either since I walk by it a bazillion times a day!

Tortilla Pie
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 cup chunky salsa, divided
2 (4 or 6 ounce) cartons guacamole
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mexican cheese blend

Combine first three ingredients, stirring well. Place one tortilla in a lightly greased 9-inch cake pan; spread with half of bean mixture and top with another tortilla. Spread with 1/2 cup salsa and top with another tortilla. Spread with half of guacamole and top with another tortilla. Sprinkle with half of cheese and top with another tortilla.

Repeat layers with remaining ingredients except cheese. Pan will be full. Cover and bake at 350 for 20 minutes; uncover and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 3-5 more minutes. Cut into wedges to serve. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole if desired.


Now, the first time I made this I added in some taco meat, too. It was good but it definitely made the pie a lot thicker. I also used a cake pan (per the recipe) the first time I made it, but every time since then I've used a springform pan. Much easier I think. My tortillas are a little big for the springform pan, so I have to trim them around the edges a little, but no big deal. Also, instead of using chili powder and cumin, I use taco seasoning. I buy it in the big thing at Costco, so I just take some out of there. The recipe says you can used a can of drained black beans instead of refried, but my husband doesn't like black beans, so I've never tried it that way. Oh, and one last thing, I make my own guacamole. Sounds impressive, doesn't it? ;) It's so easy. I mash up an avocado and mix in a little bit of salsa. That's it, and it tastes so much better than store bought guacamole.


Brooke said...

Have you tried black bean refried beans. We find it is a good middle ground since D likes refried beans and I like black beans. He doesn't think they taste like black beans but I can tell a difference.

claireknightly said...

Yeah, I don't really like them. The texture of them is weird to me and I don't really like how they taste.

Brooke said...

I made it last night, using normal refriend beans and LOVED it. I'm passing the recipe around the office today :)

Joanne said...

Yum, that sounds good! We'll have to try this one.

claireknightly said...

John was so excited when he saw this was what we were having that night. It's one of his favorites.