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It was a hit with the kids! I did one flavor-layer with rice, black beans and salsa; the second layer with thinly sliced apples and smoked gruyere. The flour tortillas from Trader Joes worked beautifully. I’m going to work up some bananas foster-y version of a dessert with this concept, hey, it’s just gotta be done.
I made this yesterday and it will now be a staple in my diet. I added a can of Mexican corn that I had in my pantry and it was fabulous!
These quesadilla pies ROCK! I used some left over roasted Anaheim Chile’s into the filling (left over from Green Chile Enchiladas on your website) and it is perfect! My kids loved it too. This will be a new recipe added to my FAVORITES … I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before! Thanks.
We LOVE quesadillas at our house and cannot wait to try this recipe! Thanks for a wonderful website. Its fun, easy to navigate and the food looks scrumptious! I am a busy student and this looks like it would be quick and easy and tasty too. Can similar results be had with low-fat tortillas and ingredients? We are trying to “watch our waistlines” so I am searching for recipes that fit that bill. Thanks!
We don’t do low fat anything here, so I wouldn’t know what to advise you. But why don’t you try it and see? ~Elise
I stumbled across this recipe, while looking for “something more” than quesadillas. After reading the multitude of complimentary reviews I had to try it. The butter is a must! I also used the springform pan (a wonderful idea – it made the transfer to a serving platter & clean-up a breeze) My layers were 1-cheese blackbeans, onions, & chopped green chilies 2-cheese, & canned like Rotel)next layer was the same as the first – I did add more cheese on top to make the lid stick. To quote my family – “this one is a winner”. “please make this again soon & “please make two next time so we might have leftovers”. Oh yes, this is comfort food. Thank you for a new family favorite!
wow, what a great idea – I’m on a gluten free diet so haven’t made/had lasagna in a while, but now I can (sort of) with corn tortillas!
This also reminded me of a Japanese recipe where they take cooked rice (cooled to room temperature), divide it into 5 portions, mix your toppings of choice with each portion (separately, so you end up having different ‘colored’ rice) and then layer these into a saran wrap-lined bowl. Turn this over onto a serving plate and voila! sushi cake :) It’s great for the summer when its hot out and very appealing to the eye with all those colorful layers
I made this recipe last week. I knew quickly that it wasn’t going to be big enough for 4 people (2 teens) so I made it in a casserole dish and layered the tortillas like lasagna noodles after cutting them into thick strips. Throw away the rounded edges. I can see us making this over and over testing different ingredients. My next attempt will be w/ flank steak.
Throw away the round edges? In a family with teens? Just sprinkle cheese on them and bake until crisp. Serve with salsa. Yum! Waste not, want not.
Made this last night after having had it bookmarked for awhile — it was a big hit with the boyfriend and super delicious! My layers were:1: cheese, black beans, white & green onions2: cheese, spinach, garlicky mushrooms3: cheese, more beans & onions, finely chopped jalapenos, and tomatoI was concerned about it ending up a big soggy mess but I cooked the mushrooms ahead of time with some garlic and I made sure to drain the spinach really well & it turned out perfectly! Thanks for a great recipe — I will definitely make this again!
Elise, your site is amazing and I visit pretty much every day! I wanted to let you know that I am making a tortilla pie (again!). I love this idea. I just make mine in a skillet, because I actually do not have a pie pan! Right now it is cooking up and has scallions, tomatoes, ground beef, and cheddar cheese. I’m serving up some ripe plantains on the side, so it going to be a nice meal. Thank you thank you thank you for the idea. I can’t wait to surprise my boyfriend with it. He is currently upstairs and has no idea I am making it again (he loved it the first time).
Please stay amazing.
You’re welcome Astrid! I’m so glad you like it. ~Elise
This sounds wonderful – I’m making it for dinner tonight since I’m craving Mexican food! Have you ever made it with sauteed shrimp? Any thoughts on other ingredients to go with the shrimp? Thanks.
You can take a look at our shrimp quesadilla recipe for some ideas. But here’s the thing. The quesadilla pie needs to bake for a while. If you cook the shrimp that long in it, it will get seriously overcooked and rubbery. ~Elise
Did this for dinner tonight and my kids and hubby loved it! This will definitely be one we do again. Thanks for the great recipes.
WOW! Trying this tonight for sure! My husband loves Mexican food and can eat it everyday…and if this turns out as easy and delicious as it looks, I could too!
One question I had…Has anyone tried freezing this? Say making 2 pies at the same time and cooking one, but freezing the other? Any thoughts on how that would turn out?
Or should I be the guinea pig and try it out? LOL
Hi Elise,I wanted to let you know that I made this last night and we really enjoyed it. I made it in a springform pan because it was the only pan that fit the tortillas just right. It made the dish really easy to cut and serve.
Thanks for the great recipe.
Elise – I just started reading your blog last week (and I think it’s great, by the way), and this is the first recipe I decided to make, mostly because I already had all the ingredients at home! It was seriously delicious! My boyfriend really enjoyed it too, and it fed us for 3 meals! Gotta love easy, frugal, delicious meals! mmmmmmmmmmm
I made this last night with leftovers (steak, shitake mushrooms, and creamed spinach). It was delish!!
My boyfriend and I are quesadilla fanatics. It’s definitely one of our staple meals, but we were running out of ways to make them new and interesting. I believe we had the following conversation about five times while making/devouring this last night:
Me: I can’t believe we never thought of this.
Boyfriend: I know. It’s amazing.
We don’t usually eat meat, and this was delicious as all veggie filled. We ended up using pinto beans, summer squash, zucchini, corn, pickled jalapenos, poblano peppers, onions and green onions. It’s the first recipe we’ve tried off the site, and it certainly won’t be the the last!
Thanks for this recipe! I tried it out last night! It turned out great and it will definitely be something I will add to my recipe book.
BTW, I think its great that you live in the Sac area. I’m just up the hill in Grass Valley! :)
I added a crumbled-up black bean/chipotle soy burger to the mix. Added a little kick.
These are a keeper, thanks so much! I used the best Trader Joe’s handmade tortillas – not gummy like some, very fresh.
Also made use of the previous evening’s leftover BBQ pulled pork that added a nice piquant twist, plus red peppers and homemade salsa, ripe olives, pepper jack cheese, etc. so easy – stellar idea..
What makes this look uber delish are the tortillas– they look super thin [whereas the quesadilla pics look like pretty standard tortillas were used. where, might I ask, did you get the tortillas for this recipe’s pic? [ie. what brand etc].
The flour tortillas for this quesadilla pie came from the Trader Joe’s in Sacramento. From what I understand depending on what part of the country you are in, TJ’s carries different brands of varying quality. Like bread, tortillas are made relatively fresh. ~Elise