Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

This delicious casserole looks and cuts like a pie, revealing layers of beans and cheese and tomatoes. Make it up ahead of time if you want and just put it in the oven at dinner time. I like this made with pepper jack cheese too.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash pinto beans, then stir in 3/4 cup salsa and garlic.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together 1/4 cup salsa, cilantro, black beans and tomatoes.
  4. Place 1 tortilla in a pie plate or tart dish.
  5. Spread 3/4 cup pinto bean mixture over tortilla to within 1/2 inch of edge.
  6. Top with 1/4 cup cheese, and cover with another tortilla.
  7. Spread with 2/3 cup black bean mixture, and top with 1/4 cup cheese.
  8. Repeat layering twice more.
  9. Cover with last tortilla, and spread with remaining pinto bean mixture and cheese.
  10. Cover with foil, and bake in preheated oven for about 40 minutes.
  11. Cut into wedges, and serve with salsa and sour cream.
Most Helpful

This is a really good dish. Also has good potential for a make-ahead one. I did find that it takes longer than 40 minutes to bake, more like 60. Using flavoured toritillas (like spinich, tomatoe, whole wheat) makes a really beautiful dish. I also a tried a variation where I substituted chicken for the black beans. I just shredded cold roasted chicken with two forks, seasoned it with taco-type seasonings, and mixed it with the tomatoes etc. for those layers. This seemed to be more popular, than the vegetarian version, but I like it both ways.

Marina Gilson March 20, 2004

This was delicious! I used a round casserole dish to accomodate all 7 layers, red kidney beans (pinto aren't available here), home made salsa & 2 oz of green chilies which were left from another recipe. For cheese, I combined cheddar & some colby with diced jalapeno. Thanx Geema!

CountryLady January 17, 2004

Absolutely delicious, it went down a storm! Would probably also be good with meat. It felt like sacrilege mashing up the pinto beans, perhaps they would be better unmashed?

Chris Wilson UK July 09, 2003