13 April 2011

This is one of our favorite meatless main dishes. I got it from Taste of Home.


Black Bean Tortilla Pie

Ingredients
½ medium onion, chopped
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cans (15 oz. each) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups vegetable broth
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped
4 flour tortillas (8”)
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded cheese, divided
Sour cream
Salsa

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400°.

In a large skillet, saute the onion and cumin in oil until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add beans and broth. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced to about ⅓ cup. Mash beans if desired. Stir in corn and cilantro; remove from the heat. Check for seasoning, adding salt if necessary (this will depend on the broth you use).

Place one tortilla in a 9” deep dish pie plate coated with cooking spray. Layer with 1½ cups bean mixture and ¼ cup cheese. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining tortilla.

Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake another 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges. Serve with sour cream and salsa.

Makes 6 servings.


This is really good and really pretty easy to make. I changed it up just a little from the original. The original called for half the amount of cumin, green peppers, green onions, and no cilantro. I left out the green peppers because we don't like them and the green onions because they just seemed redundant with the white onions. The cilantro was my addition; I love the stuff and it really makes the dish for me. And it looks really pretty with flecks of green in it. It was also supposed to be baked in a springform pan, but I don't have one. If you use a pie plate like I do, make sure it is the deep dish kind as it probably won't fit in a regular one.

A note on the tortillas: Apparently the brand of tortilla you use makes a difference. The first time I made this I used the Meijer brand. They were slightly larger than my pie plate, so I had to trim them to fit. But the finished pie sliced up very nicely. The second time I made it, I used Mission brand tortillas since they started selling them at my Sam's Club. I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were the perfect size with no need to trim. But then they gave me great difficulty when I went to slice up the pie. They didn't cut well at all. I think I will use the Meijer ones in the future. So you might have to play around with the brand of tortillas you use here.

My husband loves this dish and said that he didn't even realize it was meatless until he was halfway through it. And even then he didn't mind a bit.


The filling. It's so colorful and pretty!


The finished pie before slicing.


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