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Layered Meatless Tortilla Pie Recipe

Updated on June 19, 2013
Many different ways to make up this particular "slice of pie."
Many different ways to make up this particular "slice of pie." | Source

Meatless Tortilla Pie

This is a very simple meatless dish that can be made up any number of ways. It is very easy to make but at the same time, a great source of protein. Beans make a great vegetarian meal and are recommended as a meat substitute at least once per week.

The original recipe called for this to be baked on a cookie sheet. I used a springform pan while I was assembling it to keep it stacked. I also used a cut-out of parchment paper to keep it from sticking just in case. After stacking the layers, I removed the outer part of the springform pan though in the future, I may go ahead and leave it on and merely cover the top with a piece of foil.

For this recipe, I used uncooked tortillas from TortillaLand (purchased at Costco). I cooked each tortilla separately in a skillet over medium heat (no oil or butter).

5 stars from 2 ratings of Meatless Layered Tortilla Pie
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 6

Ingredients for Tortilla Pie

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) low sodium pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup mild picante sauce
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 can (15 ounces) low sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 small or several small tomato or roma tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 7 flour or artisan tortillas, 8 inch diameter
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese, cheddar, white cheddar or Monterey jack
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Chopped green onions, optional
  • Chopped tomatoes, optional
  • Avocado slices, optional
  • Additional salsa or picante sauce, optional
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories 549
Calories from Fat162
% Daily Value *
Fat 18 g28%
Saturated fat 9 g45%
Carbohydrates 71 g24%
Fiber 16 g64%
Protein 27 g54%
Cholesterol 40 mg13%
Sodium 1139 mg47%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Instructions for Vegetarian Pie

  1. Mash pinto beans in a medium bowl using a masher or a fork or use an immersion blender.
  2. Add 3/4 cup of the picante sauce and garlic - stir to combine. Set aside.
  3. Combine 1/4 cup of picante sauce, cilantro, black beans and tomato. Set aside.
  4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place 1 uncooked tortilla in the center of the sheet. Ladle 3/4 cup of the pinto bean mixture onto the tortilla and spread to about 1/2-inch short of the edge all around. Top this with 1/4 cup of cheese.
  5. Top with another tortilla and spread 2/3 cup of the black bean mixture on top of this in the same manner. Sprinkle this layer with 1/4 cup cheese.
  6. Repeat the pinto bean layer and the black bean layer 2 more times. Top with the 7th tortilla. Spread the top tortilla with the pinto bean mixture.
  7. Cover the entire pie with aluminum foil. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes or until the filling is hot and cheese is melted in between layers. Remove aluminum foil. Top with the remaining cheese. Return to oven if desired for a few minutes to semi-melt the cheese.
  8. Let stand for 5 or so minutes. Top with chopped green onions and serve with additional salsa, sour cream, and avocado.

Making Bean Tortilla Pie

After draining and rinsing pinto beans, let drain again.

Drain and rinse two 15-ounce cans of pinto beans.
Drain and rinse two 15-ounce cans of pinto beans. | Source

Use an immersion blender or fork to mash pinto beans.

Mash pinto beans.
Mash pinto beans. | Source

Blend mashed pinto beans, 3/4 cup picante and garlic. Set aside.

Add picante and garlic.
Add picante and garlic. | Source

After draining and rinsing black beans, drain thoroughly.

Drain and rinse one 15-ounce can of black beans.
Drain and rinse one 15-ounce can of black beans. | Source

Combine remaining picante, black beans, cilantro and tomatoes.

Combine black bean ingredients.
Combine black bean ingredients. | Source

Spread 3/4 cup of pinto bean mixture on bottom tortilla and top with 1/4 cup cheese.

Assemble 1st layer - pinto beans.
Assemble 1st layer - pinto beans. | Source

Spread 2/3 cup of black bean mixture on 2nd tortilla. Top with 1/4 cup cheese.

Assemble 2nd layer - black beans.
Assemble 2nd layer - black beans. | Source

Repeat these two layers twice more. Top with last (7th) tortilla. Spread with remaining pinto beans.

Pinto bean top layer.
Pinto bean top layer. | Source

Cover with foil. Bake for 40 minutes.


Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese. Let melt or return to oven to melt.

Enjoy! | Source

More Thoughts on Tortilla Pies

There are many ways you could revamp this recipe - here are just some of the ways I plan on using it in the future.

  • use different kinds of tortillas
  • make your own homemade tortillas - yum!~
  • use low fat or nonfat cheese - or cheese substitute
  • feel free to use less cheese
  • different sizes of tortillas could make bigger or smaller pies
  • use different kinds of beans for different taste
  • soak your beans and cook them fresh
  • substitute chicken or beef for the black beans
  • add cumin to the recipe
  • substitute mostly drained pico de gallo for the picante sauce
  • add 1/4 cup fresh corn to the black bean mixture
  • use a green or red enchilada sauce and fresh tomatoes to equal 1 cup picante
  • add diced green chilies to the recipe to taste
  • top tortilla pie with sliced black olives
  • place tortilla pie on plate surrounded by mixed greens and tomatoes (shown)
  • serve with sour cream, avocado and more fresh tomatoes
  • make an Italian version of tortilla pie substituting pasta sauce and white beans with Italian cheese and flatbread instead of tortillas

Another Variation on Tortilla Pie


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