Tortilla Pie

Fun presentation for no extra effort
50 minutes Total Time
30 minutes to prep
20 minutes to cook
6 servings

This is basically a deconstructed burrito. Instead of rolling the ingredients up into a packet, it is layered like a lasagna. It looks nice and I find it easier to assemble. This concept can be used with whatever burrito fillings you like. 

I've adapted this recipe from Everyday Food. The original recipe has spinach which I really like in this, but my picky eater complains about cooked spinach, so I just leave it out. Using chipotle powder instead of red pepper flakes adds a bit of smokiness which I like. 

This recipe works best with a leaner beef. I use a 93% or 96% lean ground beef. I personally would not use 90% or lower because it would end up too greasy. I often reduce the amount of cheese used in recipes but did not in this recipe because the cheese helps hold the pie together. The type of cheese is flexible. I like using a cheddar-jack because cheddar adds flavor and Monterey jack melts nicely. 



  • Gather and prep ingredients. Preheat the oven to 400°.
    Step 0
  • Trim the tortillas to fit in a 9" springform pan. You can use the bottom of the pan as a guide. Spray the pan with vegetable oil spray.
    Step 1
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, cumin, chipotle powder, salt, and pepper. Cook until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.
    Step 2
  • Add garlic and tomato paste. Cook for another minute or two until garlic is fragrant.
    Step 3
  • Add ground beef. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
    Step 4
  • Add corn and cook until corn is thawed, about 2 minutes.
    Step 5
  • Assemble the pie. Place one tortilla at the bottom of pan. Spread 1 1/2" cup of the meat mixture over the tortilla, spread 1/2 cup of shredded cheese over the meat.
    Step 6
  • Place another tortilla on top of mixture. Press gently to compact the pie. Repeat adding meat and cheese two more times. Top with the final tortilla and the remaining cheese.
    Step 7
  • Place springform pan on top of a rimmed baking sheet, to contain any leaks. Bake at 400° for 15 to 20 minutes until the top starts to brown. To remove from the pan, slide a butter knife around the edge of the pan before loosening the sides.
    Step 8
  • With one or two spatulas, move to a cutting board. Cut with a sharp knife and serve.
    Step 9

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