Low-Fat Beef and Bean Tortilla Bake

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

I found this recipe in a little betty crocker magazine called simple healthy meals. This recipe is so good because it is made with on hand ingredients so I use this as an easy, last minute idea when I cant think of anything to make for dinner. This dish is very healthy and doesnt taste like it is. The few changes I make to the recipe are I just use all black beans, since they are healthier than pinto beans. I use extra sharp full fat cheddar, you dont need very much anyways being extra sharp so why not? And I like to add a can of my favorite el pato tomato sauce (yellow can) to the meat mixture also. And also I just lay out the tortillas tearing them so they fit in the pan. the strips are extra work I dont think that is neccesary. I like to serve this with a little bit of sour cream.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In 12 inch skillet, cook beef over medium heat 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown; drain, stir in beans, tomatoes, seasoning mix and water. Cook 2-4 minutes. stirring occasionally, until heated through. Stir in 1/2 cup of cheese.
  2. In an 8 inch square glass baking dish, spread 2 cups of beef mixture. Top with half of the tortilla strips. Spoon half of the remaining beef mixture over strips. Add remaining tortilla strips; top with remaining beef mixture.
  3. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes, until bubbly and heated through. sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake 5 minutes longer, until cheese is melted.
Most Helpful

I make this recipe last week. I loved it! I will be making it again tonight. I used jalepeno & cheddar wraps instead of tortillas. I also Ro-tel diced tomatoes w/green chiles and Ro-tel tomato sauce. I don't like things too spicy. This had jsut the right abount of heat. YUMMY! I am looking forward to dinner tonight!

Bobbimn January 05, 2012

Great low-fat dish. I did make a few small changes. I threw in 1 diced jalapeno pepper for extra heat and replaced the water with (suggested) el pato tomato sauce. I love that stuff. I was out of pinto beans so used kidney instead. I also dry fried my tortilla strips to keep them crispy. I served it over some lettuce and topped it with low-fat sour cream. This makes so much that I had to put it in a 9X13 pan. We loved this and I'm sure the leftovers are going to be wonderful too. Thanks for posting. :)

teresas May 06, 2010

I love "Campbell's" recipe for a similar tortilla bake, but I was looking for one with beans and with a chili flavor. This was it! You can't beat the ease and flavor of this recipe. I used corn tortillas that I cut with scissors. I was short on time so I skipped baking in the oven. I used tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes. I really love the creaminess that t. sauce gives to it. Thanks Jenn, for posting a great comfort food. Roxygirl

Roxygirl in Colorado December 23, 2008