Monday, April 8, 2013

TORTILLA FLATS - Mm-mmmm-onday!

Good, old-fashioned western fare for a warm Monday - thinking of family and friends still fighting the snow this week (it's a headin' back into Denver tonight).  This is a quick and easy, down and dirty, warm-you-up casserole - recipe courtesy of my Mother-in-law when we were first married.  It's my old "stand-by" when I'm in a bind and need something in a hurry (like last night, while talking to my friend, Jackie, who challenged me to put this to paper).  You can whip this up with about 30 minutes prep time, plus another 20 minutes in the oven - throw yourself together a salad while it's baking, and you've got a meal in about an hour, to satisfy the hungriest of appetites.
TORTILLA FLATS
 
Diced Onion (amount is up to you)
1 lb. Hamburger
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1) 16-oz. can Chili Beans in "Chili Sauce" (or "Chili Gravy")
1) 8-oz. can Tomato Sauce
8 oz. Water (use the empty tomato can to measure)
Ground Cumin - 1 Tbsp.
Shredded Longhorn Cheese (of your choice), approx. 1-1/2 to 2 cups
6 Flour Tortillas
 
Saute diced onion in sm. amount of oil, in heavy skillet.  Add hamburger and brown well, using fork or spatula to break up as you brown.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Drain grease from meat, and return to skillet.
 
Add tomato sauce, chili beans, water, and ground cumin.  Stir til' mixed well and heated through.
 
Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Spray round casserole dish with cooking spray, and lay two tortillas in bottom.  Add half of your chili bean mixture, and cover this with half of your cheese.  Add two more tortillas.  Add the rest of your chili mixture; the remaining cheese; and finish with the last two tortillas.  Moisten the top tortilla with a bit of water, and cover with aluminum foil.  Bake for approx. 15 minutes, covered (you want the dish to be warm and bubbling throughout - you'll be able to see between the layers of tortillas).
 
Remove your tin foil, but sprinkle with a bit more water to keep your tortillas from crusting up too hard - about 5 minutes more, and you're done.  Remove from oven, and let set 5-15 minutes.  Cut and serve (you're gonna' need a big serving spoon to get it out).  Come and GET IT!  Stay warm, my snowbound friends - summer IS on its way.

11 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Yum! These look delicious! It's only 9.30 am here and I want to eat these already haha Have a great day Tanya! xx

Melanie Schofield said...

Wish I could "Pin" this! : ) I've been looking for a recipe like this forever. Fast and delish! Thanks for sharing!

Hindustanka said...

Such yumminess! I'm hungry now, though had my lunch already :)
Really awesome dish!

Ahl Cooped Up said...

Thanks for the recipe. My family would love that.
It's feeling like Spring here today. A perfect 72. Ahhhhhh!!! Finally.
Take care.

Maywyn Studio said...

Great recipe, thank you for sharing!

I'll also try freezing some for a quick warm up meal.

Jackie said...

Oh That looks wonderful, I would make a small one for me without the meat, but I am going to make this for the raceshop boys tomorrow!! Thanks Chica, looks fabulous! And I want your silverware!! I have been looking for a nice cool set to buy!! Those are very steakhousey!

Sea Witch said...

O M G! I'm getting these ingredients today. This looks fantastic. On another note, call me blonde, but I just realized you were the Tanya who purchased the plate. So glad it was you. Bum knee, whatever. Amazing, really, the way the body heals. I am so glad that I had this surgery, it has already made my life better. The PT and the swelling may be my life right now but it is so worth this. My biggest obstacle is not overdoing it...I'm just an "A" type at heart. Still, I can't resist treasure hunting and if peg like pirates can do it, why not me. LOL As always, I so appreciate your visits to my facebook page and blog. Blessings to you an those you love. SEa Witch

Kym Bozarth said...

This looks so delicious. I am
going to make it without the
meat and add some peppers, spinach and onions...oh my, I cannot
wait to eat it.
Thanks for posting this!!

Createology said...

Yummy and quick...great recipe. Thank you for sharing. I think some cornbread would make it complete for me. I do love my carbs. ;o(
Spring Sunshine Smiles Dear...

Melanie Schofield said...

Made this for dinner tonight. Fast, easy and TASTY! Thanks!

Dorthe said...

OH I love beans , and eat it far too seldom.... this meal looks wonderful tasty and will surely warm me up on those cold dayes we still have here!
Thanks dear Tanya, for the recipi.
Hugs and love,Dorthe