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Burrito Pie!?!

March 1, 2010

Burrito Pie with toppings!

Call me crazy, but the combination of an interestingly stocked freezer, random veg in the crisper and intense hunger inspire me.

I love to cook. Why? Because I love the challenge of taking all these disparate elements and turning them into a plateful of goodness with complementary tastes using my imagination and the food in my kitchen. We were always taught by our mom & grandmothers to start with what’s at hand. We had good training in how to experiment with flavor combinations and spices.

So the other day, with a bag of flat tortilla shells in the freezer I wanted to use up, one too many jars of salsa in the cupboard, a handful of limes in the crisper and a recent tasting of cilantro lime rice… I dreamed up a dish that I was so excited about, I called Mr. Light. He was a bit skeptical but was willing to give it a try. On the way home, I went to get the rest of the ingredients.

And that, my friends, is how we arrived at Burrito Pie. Part lasagna, part burrito, part fajita, part deep dish pie – it was DELICIOUS! I’m inspired to dream up some new faves!

~ Light

(If you simply must know more, please see the comments section for the recipe!)

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  1. March 1, 2010 12:20 PM

    Burrito Pie

    4 or 5 large flat flour tortilla shells (depending on how many layers your pie dish can hold)
    1 cup tomato sauce (I used a roasted garlic sauce)
    1/2 lb ground beef
    1 med onion, diced
    1/2 large red pepper, diced
    1 package of Fajita mix (or you can make your own – see below)
    2 cups old cheddar, grated
    2 cups rice, cooked
    Juice of 1 lime
    handful finely chopped cilantro

    Toppings:
    Chopped romaine lettuce
    Diced Tomatoes or Salsa
    Sour Cream
    Guacamole

    1. Brown the ground beef with the onion and red pepper in a frying pan. When it’s almost done, add your fajita seasoning.
    2. Take your 2 cups of cooked rice and mix well with the lime juice and cilantro.
    3. Spread the bottom of a deep pie dish w/ approx 2 tbsp of the tomato sauce. Put one of the tortilla shells in the pie dish.
    4. Alternate layers of ground beef mix w/ layers of rice, separated by tortilla shells. I sprinkled the cheese into the rice layers.
    5. Top off with one last tortilla shell. Spread the top with the remaining tomato sauce, and cover with cheese.

    Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 mins or until cheese on top starts to brown.

    Serve with toppings as above!

    Fajita Seasoning Mix
    (Recipe Adapted from: http://cookingtipoftheday.blogspot.com/2009/05/recipe-fajita-seasoning.html)
    (You will only need about 2 heaping tbsp for Burrito Pie so store the rest in a ziploc.)

    ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
    ½ teaspoon onion powder
    ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne (amount depends on how much heat you want)
    ¼ teaspoon cumin
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 teaspoons chili powder
    1 teaspoon sugar

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