Saturday, February 14, 2009

Black Bean Tortilla Casserole

This is certainly not the most gorgeous looking meal out there, but it's a quick, delicious one. I've been subtly and sometimes not-so-subtly sneaking more and more vegetarian meals into our weekly menu repertoire, and this was a big hit. The spice from the Ro-Tel (the only kind of canned tomatoes with green chiles for me) and the salsa added a lot to this, and Joe really liked the creaminess from the cream cheese. I would not substitute flour tortillas for the corn tortillas. The corn tortillas really add a lot of flavor and texture. I sprinkled mine with cilantro and served it with half an avocado.

Black Bean Tortilla Casserole
source: Reading, 'Riting, and Recipes via Cooking This and That
Yields: 4 servings


1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 10-ounce can Rotel tomatoes
1 cup picante sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used 1 1/2 cups soaked and cooked dry beans.)
4 ounces cream cheese (I used reduced-fat.)
5 corn tortillas (7-inch), cut in half
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey, Pepper Jack, etc.)

In large skillet sauté onion until soft. Add tomatoes, picante sauce and cumin and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in beans and heat through. Add cream cheese and stir until melted. Remove from heat.

Spray bottom of a 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread 1/3 of bean mixture on bottom of pan, topping with a layer of tortillas (five tortilla halves) and half of cheese. Then another layer of bean mixture, tortillas and bean mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Serve with sour cream, lettuce and guacamole as desired.


Erin said...

Wow, that looks like something I would definitely enjoy! I will be making this soon!

That Girl said...

I didn't even realize there was another brand that did tomatoes with chiles!!!

And we do a lot of vegetarian meals in our house too. There is such a thing as too much meat.

Erin said...

This looks yummy! We love anything Mexican.

Elizabeth said...

I love pretty much anything Mexican and this looks delicious!

Lisa said...

I don't know, that looks pretty gorgeous to me! Yum!!

Colleen said...

I am glad you enjoyed this! And LOL at the not so pretty comment. Yours looks good to me! Especially with your nice garnish!

Alleigh said...

That sounds delicious and not too difficult to make!