Quesadilla Pie

So this yummy dish was on my menu this week and since it is entirely my creation, I thought I would share it with you. It was from a combination of ideas; I love Mexi-Melts from Taco Bell and was trying to copy them one day, and I was also looking for a vegetarian economical meal with beans. (No, we are not vegetarians, but it is cheaper and healthier so I try to make a V meal once or twice a week.) Enter the Quesadilla Pie.

First, you need the beans. I use black, but you could do pinto beans too. I make mine in the crock pot (1 part beans to 3 parts water, on high for 5 hours) but you could crank open a can of beans just as easily. 3 cans is pretty much equivalent to the amount I made.

Next you take the beans and about a cup of frozen corn and put them into a wide saucepan on medium heat with about a half a cup of water. To make this low fat, I just spray the pan with Pam. At this point I season by adding about 2 T of chili powder, cumin and onion powder. If you did the beans in the crock pot you will probably need to add a little salt too.

After a few minutes and after things have gotten bubbly, I add 2 tomatoes that have been chopped and a handful of chopped cilantro. Let me take this moment to tell you that I have an obsession with cilantro. I love the stuff.

Right before I take it off the heat, I might add a couple big spoonfuls of my favorite salsa.

Now to assemble: I use Pyrex pie pans (hence the name Quesadilla Pie) and begin by spraying the bottom lightly with Pam. Then I layer a tortilla and a couple spoonfuls of the bean mixture. Not too much, only enough to cover the tortilla, like this:

You can see my favorite salsa above in the picture to the right. Awesome stuff. Then I put on a light sprinkling of grated cheddar...any cheese inside the layers kind of disappears, so I save most of it for the top.

I keep adding layers of tortilla, beans, cheese until I feel it's enough. These pies had 4 layers. The top layer gets the beans, more cheese, and if I am feeling adventurous I add chopped green onions and/or sliced black olives. You can tell from my picture I wasn't too adventurous this night.

Into a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and viola! Ready to eat. I served this with Spanish rice and salsa on the side.

Just another peek at the layers.....

I LOVE cooking but really need a recipe for my dishes, so it's unusual for me to come up with a recipe in my head. I am sure there are variations to this dish...sauteing onions in the beginning, chopped chicken or ground beef could find a place in there too...play around with it and let me know what you think of it if you make it!


  1. My husband would LOVE this dinner! I'm going to make it next week - thanks!

  2. That looks great!! I've bookmarked it so I won't forget to make it. Thanks!

    You have new follower:) I too have a 12 year old Lego lover. He's building greatness right this moment lol.

  3. Thanks, Stef! Let me know how it turns out.

    Hi Lisa! I hope you get to try the recipe. 12 year-old boys and Legos....great combination!

  4. Sounds yummy! I'm going to have to give this a try. :)

  5. Mmmmmm...that looks *so* incredibly good!



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