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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Seven layer tortilla pie - wonderful vegetarian meal!

  We often have a meatless meal, a bit more economical and often healthier for you.  This recipe for the Seven Layer Tortilla Pie was wonderful all around - appealing to both the eyes as well as the taste buds.  Full of taste, beans and cheese, we added a dollop of sour cream and salads and the meal was complete.
I changed the recipe a bit having black beans and refried beans on hand, not pinto beans.  This served our family of 6 (3 big, 3 little) easily with leftovers for the following days lunch.  Using a springform pan, the "pie" shape was easy to obtain and everything stayed "contained".
Copied from Allrecipes:
(Having used refried beans and black beans, I did not smash any of the beans).

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup salsa, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 7 (8 inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mash pinto beans. Stir in 3/4 cup salsa and garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/4 cup salsa, cilantro, black beans and tomatoes.
  4. Place 1 tortilla in a pie plate or tart dish. Spread 3/4 cup pinto bean mixture over tortilla to within 1/2 inch of edge. Top with 1/4 cup cheese, and cover with another tortilla. Spread with 2/3 cup black bean mixture, and top with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layering twice. Cover with remaining tortilla, and spread with remaining pinto bean mixture and cheese.
  5. Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes. Cut into wedges, and serve with salsa and sour cream.

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