Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TEX - MEX Casserole

I thought I would start out my recipe sharing with some nice comfort food,  "The casserole."

Tex - Mex Casserole

4 large flour or wheat tortillas
1 15oz. can of fat-free refried beans
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese
1 cup chunky salsa, plus 1/2 cup
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tsp ground coriander
1/2 Tbs lime juice (optional)
1/2 cup corn (optional)
1/4 cup sliced black olives (optional)
Shredded lettuce, guacamole, diced tomato

I made this recipe using a square 8" x 8" Pyrex pan.  But, if you happen to have an 8" round tall-sided pan, that would work too!
  • Mix refried beans, salsa, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, corn, lime juice and olives (if using). Blend in 1/2 of the cheeses (1/4 cup of each) and 1/4 cup of the sour cream.
  • Trim the tortillas to fit inside your pan. (To do this, I placed my pan on top of the tortilla and used a pizza cutter to trim off the excess.)
  • Spray pan with non-stick spray
  • Spread 1/4 cup salsa on the bottom of pan
  • Place a tortilla on top of salsa
  • Layer about 1/3 of the bean mixture on top of tortilla
  • Place tortilla on top of bean mixture
  • Repeat bean layer and tortilla layer
  • Top final tortilla with the remaining cheeses
Bake 20 - 30 minutes in preheated oven at 350 degrees. Let cool 2 -3 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, shredded lettuce and/or diced tomatoes. Enjoy!

Bonus points for making your own refried beans, tortillas, guacamole, lime juice and/or salsa!!  :)

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