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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tortilla Black Bean Pie

I spent part of last week in Cleveland, visiting family and watching my sister graduate from nursing school (woo hoo Julia!). It was a fabulous couple of days, despite the BITTER COLD temperatures, filled with good eats, successful Christmas shopping, and fun family time. It's always nice to escape normal life for a few days, especially during the crazy holiday season!! My last night there, I offered/was asked to make dinner and decided to make this Tortilla Black Bean Pie. This is actually one of the few meals that I've made several times (usually I'm too eager to try new recipes) because it doesn't take long to make and both Ryan and I really like it. It went over well with everyone, including my supposedly picky cousins, so I'd call it a success :)

Tortilla Black Bean Pie
as seen on several blogs-I took from Annie's Eats

-4-5 medium-sized tortillas (I used 5 multi-grain tortillas)
-1 tbsp oil
-1 large onion, diced
-1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced (I omitted)
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 tsp ground cumin
-sprinkle chili powder
-salt and pepper, to taste
-2 cans black beans
-12 oz beer (could substitute 1 1/2 cups water, but I swear the beer makes all the difference!)
-1 (10 oz) package frozen corn
-4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
-8 oz. shredded mexican cheese
-salsa and sour cream, for serving

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If necessary, trim tortillas to fit a 9 in springform pan.
2. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, cumin, garlic, and chili powder; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened (5-7 minutes).

3. Add beans and beer and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmering until liquid is almost evaporated (8-10 minutes). Stir in corn and scallions; season with salt and pepper.

4. Place one tortilla in the bottom of the springform pan. Spoon and spread some of the mixture onto the tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese.

5. Repeat three or four times (depending on the amount of mixture you have remaining). Bake for 20-25 minutes until hot and cheese is melted.

6. Garnish with scallions. Cut into wedges, using a pizza cutter. Serve with sour cream and salsa.