Southwestern tortilla pie recipe

Southwest Tortilla Pie Recipe

January 13, 2009 by Michelle

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Today, it’s time to enjoy my Southwest Tortilla Pie. This is a super easy recipe that doesn’t take much time to prepare but always gets rave reviews. My mom even stole some of the leftovers from my fridge yesterday when she was watching the wee ones. She took it to bridge for lunch, and everyone in her bridge group was jealous of the “gourmet” lunch she had. Little did they know how easy it was….

I’ve also made this as part of my Supper Swapping, and with different families having different tastes, it’s easy to alter. One family doesn’t like beans very much, so I leave them out. Another likes things really spicy, so I use a spicy salsa and throw in some hot sauce to boot. Then there are those people who don’t like corn… you get the idea.

Southwestern tortilla pie recipe

Shame on me I forgot to get the before picture of ingredients, but I was in a hurry as I was trying to get two of these put together so I could drop one off for a neighbor who had just had a baby. Speaking of which, these are great to make up, stick the Pyrex on top and put it in the freezer for another meal later. Yum!


Southwest Tortilla Pie

2 chicken breasts, poached (or chunks of a yummy rotisserie chicken, even better!)
3 c dried black beans, soaked overnight
3 c frozen corn
12 oz salsa (look for low sodium)
1/4 c chopped cilantro
5 flour tortillas
2 c part skim mozzarella cheese

Makes one pie that serves 8.

Prepare the black beans by soaking them overnight. Rinse the beans, then place into a pot and cover with water. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until soft.

While beans are simmering, poach chicken (pot of water, quartered onion, 2 bay leaves brought to a boil) by simmering for 20 minutes.

While chicken is poaching, chop cilantro.Add cilantro, corn, salsa to a bowl.Once chicken is cooked, shred it and add to the bowl.

Drain the beans and add them to the bowl, as well. Stir to combine.

In a 8×8 baking pan, spray lightly with nonstick spray. Layer a tortilla in the bottom.

Add 1/4 of the mixture and top with 1/2 c of mozzarella. Add a tortilla and continue laying until you place the fifth tortilla on top to end the pattern.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve warm or hot.

Serving southwestern tortilla pie

You’ll notice that I have this served with my Spanish Rice. That’s another super easy recipe that is soooo much better than any of the boxed rices that you’ll find and really easy to make. I start the pie with the beans and chicken, move to the rice, finish the pie and start it baking while I finish up the rice. It pretty much finishes at the same time which works out nicely.


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  • Lisa@BlessedwithGrace

    Oh my goodness, Michelle. This looks wonderful, and you did the TMTT thing perfect. I am so glad you joined us. I hope you keep coming back on your Tasty Tuesdays!

  • MaBunny

    Oh my Michelle! I will definitely have to make this, it looks absolutely delectable!

  • Live.Love.Eat

    I want to make this so can you please tell me how much chicken you used. I don’t see it listed. I will probably use rotisserie chicken. Thanks, this looks awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Brenda

    I used to have this recipe and I had lost it so I am glad to have it again!

  • Sarah

    This looks great! I’m going to try it next week. Can I have your rice recipe 🙂

  • Sherry

    Oh, wow! That looks scrumptious!

  • Michelle

    Lisa – Thanks! I think you have such a neat idea. It is pretty good… I just ate the last of it for lunch.

    MaBunny – It’s good, and easy — my favorite combination!

    Live.Love.Eat – Ooo, good catch! I need to add that. I use about two breasts of chicken per recipe. But again, put in as much or as little as you want. I use the rotisserie chicken when we have it and poached chicken breasts when we don’t. I use about 1/2 to 2/3 of the chicken when I do a rotisserie (because you know some of it I eat just off the bird and never makes it into the recipe!).

    Brenda – Glad I can help! It’s good, isn’t it?

    Sarah – I’ll actually probably do the rice next Tuesday. Good excuse to come back, right? 🙂 I figure I’m on a southwestern theme — why stop now!

    Sherry – It is (if I do say so myself). Definitely let me know what you think if you make it!

  • Lisa

    Wow, that looks like it would be super yummy.

  • Veggie Mom

    Well, I guess I shouldn’t have clicked over to your place on an empty stomach. Looks like I need to add some ingredients to my shopping list. Has Mr. Man recovered yet from his 15 Minutes of Fame?

  • Mary~Momathon

    Yum! I am a terrible cook, but I can do that! I’ll make it and wow my family! Thanks!!!

  • Michelle

    Lisa – It is good. And apparently someone else has the same or a similar recipe from awhile ago and can even vouch for me!

    Veggie Mom – Sorry 🙂 Next time I’ll check with your tummy before I post. And he ummm doesn’t know he’s famous. I’m afraid of what he’d do if he really knew!

    Mary – Hey, cooking is only hard when you don’t follow the instructions 😉 Or choose recipes that are exacting. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  • Kellan

    I am definitely going to try this – my family would love this – it looks delicious! Thanks for this great recipe!


  • Cookie

    That does look good! Did you come up with that recipe yourself?

  • Michelle

    Kellan – Go for it! And let me know what they think, too. I hope they do like it.

    Cookie – I could say that I did and lie, but … someone already said they used to have this recipe 🙂 I did tweak it from what it was originally but I found it somewhere a long time ago.

  • Lora

    This looks so good! We love Mexican food here–I’m going to print this off. Thanks!

  • Vanessa Rogers

    That looks mighty yummy!

  • Michelle

    Lora – I’m glad you think so — I hope you like it. Look for the Spanish Rice next week!

    Vanessa – Thanks! It’s always nice to get the validation 😉

  • Angela

    Oh yum Michelle!

    I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I’m still catching up on reading from Tuesday. but you have given me an awesome idea for how to use up the zillion tortillas we still have lurking around the house from fall…when I thought I’d be making turkey quesadillas…you know I am not a huge turkey fan, so you can imagine I still have a lot of tortillas!

  • Michelle

    Angela – I’m with you on not liking turkey that much. Definitely try this one out and let me know what you think!

  • Brooke

    i’m trying to introduce more and more black bean recipes into our diet (its the only bean i like) so i’ll have to give this one a try.

  • Michelle

    Brooke – This is a good one for black beans (black bean and corn salsa is another favorite of mine!). Good luck, and I hope you like this one!

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