Sunday, September 8, 2013

Quesadilla Pie

I haven't posted a recipe in quite some time.

Maybe because in the summer, I'm less apt to experiment in the kitchen, which makes absolutely no sense, since I have two months off.

It's just how I operate.  When I'm off, I embrace all parts of being off.

Now that school is back in session, I am motivated to get into routine.  That means my version of menu planning begins:  Pick a few recipes for the week that will yield a night or two of leftovers.

This last week a new Pinterest find was on the menu.  And it will continue to make the rotation as it was insane.  Insanely tasty......

Quesadilla Pie
(adapted from original source)

1 can (4.5 oz) chopped green chiles 
1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 can (10 oz) green chile enchilada sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2/3 cup of salsa verde
1/2 pound ground beef
2 teas. cumin
4 flour tortillas
sour cream

Preheat the oven to 400.  Spray a 9 inch pie dish with cooking spray.  Brown hamburger and drain.  Mix the cumin with the hamburger in a large bowl.  Add the drained black beans, green chiles, 1/4 cup cilantro, green enchilada sauce, pepper jack cheese, and 1/2 cup of the cheddar cheese to the hamburger and mix well.  Spread 1/3 cup of the salsa verde to the bottom of the pie plate.  Lay a tortilla on top.  Layer a 1/3 of the hamburger mixture over the tortilla.  Top this layer with a tortilla.  Repeat layering of salsa and hamburger mixture twice to make three layers.  Add the remaining tortilla on top and cover with foil.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove and top with remaining cheddar cheese, then bake for an additional 5 to 7 minutes without the foil.  Garnish with remaining cilantro and chopped tomatoes.  Serve with a side of sour cream, tortilla chips, and additional salsa verde.

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We absolutely loved this dish.  It was even great leftover the next night.  It's a keeper. 

And since I was attempting to menu plan, I decided to make cilantro lime chicken tacos a few days later to use up some of the remaining ingredients from this recipe.  

Thrifty right? 

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  1. You are the thrifty meal planner. And really who does like cooking in the summer? This recipe looks great and you know I love the cilantro lime chicken meal too!

  2. Yuummm!....and sooo weird, I was just having this conversation about cooking with someone at school the other day....I was telling them how I actually LIKE to cook in the fall and try new things....that in the summer.....I'd rather just let Rob grill every single night even though I actually have the time to cook!

  3. I am the same way! Now that school is back in session I am in the kitchen way more. We are trying to meal plan more, so I love seeing your recipe posts!

  4. Yum yum yum! I'm going to have to try this. I try to do themed food weeks too so the ingredients get used up and we don't have to buy as much. We're all so stinking thrifty! And smart. And sexy! :)

  5. This loooks great! right up my alley- that is my version of menu planning to btw. Better than what I've been doing lately, which is waiting til dinner time and then saying, hmmm...???

  6. oh wow this looks so good! thanks for sharing!

  7. I totally just pinned this!! YUMMO! Gald you are back on track so you can send recipes my way!! :) PS - Thanks for the sweet comment today! xoxo