Quesadilla Pie for the Bean Hater

Quesadillas are a favorite in our house, but don’t quite seem special enough to serve for dinner. They’re more of a quick lunch or snack type of food. Then I happened to be putting away dishes while Eric was making quesadillas, and noticed that my pie pan was just about the same size as our tortillas. Then it hit me like a bolt of lightning. Quesadilla pie!

I had so much fun playing with this recipe.  The key to me is fresh ingredients, using fresh peppers, tomatoes, onions and some chicken from my roast chicken absolutely made this dish.  I only used about 1/4 cup of shredded chicken but it was so flavorful that I didn’t really need much more than that.  I also sprinkled some taco seasoning on the chicken layer to add more flavor.  If you don’t have taco seasoning, cumin works great along with some garlic and onion powder.  I bought a big jar of taco seasoning 3 years ago, it’s half gone and still delicious.  I make sure to keep it in a cupboard where it’s cool and dark, as well as keeping it tightly sealed.  This is a great way to save money, so much cheaper than those packets.

There are a couple very important things to keep in mind when making quesadilla pie.  One is to use cheese in each layer (I used cheddar) as the glue to hold the pie together.  After taking a photo of each layer, I sprinkled a little more cheese to help it stick to the tortilla above it.  Another key is to get as much moisture as possible out of the vegetables.  Once I chopped the tomatoes, I squeezed a handful at a time over the sink, then wrapped them in paper towels and pressed them some more.  I also drained the beans really well.  This all keeps the pie from getting soggy.

As I was brainstorming what I wanted to put in the pie, I thought of my sister in law Heather who is a self proclaimed bean hater.  She said she’s trying to learn to like them, and I decided this could be a great starter recipe for someone who hates beans.  It’s a great recipe for hiding beans or vegetables in.  I used about 1/2 a can split between the two vegetable layers.  The other great thing about this dish is that the leftover ingredients make amazing omelets the next morning!  What will you put in your quesadilla pie?

Quesadilla Pie

serves 4

Ingredients

Butter
4 tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, jack or both)
1/2 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 tomato chopped (with liquid squeezed out)
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 can black beans drained
1/4 cup shredded chicken
1 TBS taco seasoning

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare all your vegetables.  Butter a 9 inch pie pan well.  Place a tortilla in the bottom (it will come up the sides) and top with a little cheese, the green pepper and half the beans.

Add another tortilla and top with cheese, chicken and taco seasoning.  Add a third tortilla and top with the last of the cheese, red onion, tomatoes and the last of the beans.  Place the final tortilla on top and press it down.  Wrap entire pie in foil and place in oven.

Bake for 25 minutes.  Remove foil, butter the top tortilla and let bake another 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before slicing into 4 pieces.

Approximate Cost/serving: The whole pie only cost about $2.50 to make (partly because I didn’t use a whole pepper, onion, etc and also because I went light on the chicken) which comes out to around 68 cents per serving!

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: This is a really easy recipe to make vegetarian, simply use other vegetables instead of the chicken.  For gluten free, use gluten free tortillas, and check your taco seasoning ingredients to make sure it doesn’t contain gluten.


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11 Responses to “Quesadilla Pie for the Bean Hater”

  1. Jessica
    June 29, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    that looks SOOO good! Though I do like beans, so I’d add a bunch more! :)

  2. jenn
    June 29, 2009 at 11:45 am #

    That’s neat. Quesadilla in a new way!! Love it. The colors look so summery in the first pic.

  3. Crystal
    June 29, 2009 at 10:59 pm #

    This looks delicious!!

  4. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
    June 30, 2009 at 10:12 am #

    Looks wonderful – I love quesadillas. My hubby isn’t a bean fan, but I think he’d eat this! I have some leftover chicken that would taste wonderful in this quesadilla pie!

  5. Heather ( the bean hating Sister )
    July 1, 2009 at 11:11 am #

    Well Diana, I’ll try it and get back to you…

    • diana
      July 2, 2009 at 9:28 am #

      Okay bean hater :) Let me know what you think!

  6. Susie
    July 9, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Dustin and I made the rhubarb-strawberry jam yesterday–tart and yummy! He is making shortcakes right now. I made the quesadilla pie for dinner last night-We loved it! Even bean-hater Dustin said it was ok. I made a few substitutions to use up my leftovers and that was great! You are inspiring me! Keep the ideas coming!

  7. Rocquie
    July 17, 2009 at 5:38 am #

    That looks scrumptious! I love the idea of baking the quesadilla, which makes it much simpler to prepare.

  8. Elsa
    June 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm #

    WoW! Yummy..

  9. Kelly
    February 20, 2011 at 10:06 pm #

    Wow! I’ve never heard of a Quesadilla Pie. Will be trying soon! 8-)

  10. Adam
    June 8, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    It is just too good.

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