Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Tortilla Pie (in a crock pot)

So I've been staring at the leftover piles of tortillas in the fridge, wondering when the last time we even used tortillas and I finally decided that the time had come to use up the last of them. I had 3 whole wheat tortillas and 8 corn tortillas of different sizes. I found some different recipes for various items and settled on a tortilla pie (stack, or lasagna-whatever you want to call it). I read over a few recipes and made something completely different. Here is what I came up with and hopefully it isn't too terrible. I have no idea how it tastes yet. That it be the closing paragraph I suppose...

Tortilla Pie (in a slow cooker)

1.5 pounds ground turkey (93%)
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 tsp peanut oil
1-2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
2 cloves garlic chopped
16 oz. canned tomato sauce
8 tortillas (or the combination that is listed above)
soft butter
2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend or your preference)

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Sauté onion until just tender then add onions and pepper and cook several minutes.
  3. Add garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, pepper and oregano.
  4. Add ground turkey. When meat is browned, stir in tomato sauce and continue cooking until hot. Add cinnamon and crushed red pepper.
  5. Line your slow cooker with foil. You can use the foil as handles to lift out the pie when you are ready.
  6. Lightly butter one of the tortillas. Lay one tortilla, buttered side up, on foil in bottom. Spread with the meat mixture and a layer of cheese. Cover with another buttered tortilla, more meat mixture and cheese. Repeat layers.
  7. Cover crock pot, and cook on HIGH 1 hour. When ready to serve, lift out, using foil strips and transfer to serving dish. Cut into wedges. Serve with sour cream, chopped green onion, and salsa if desired.
I used green onion and sour cream, but you could have used lots of various toppings. J mentioned something about why wasn't there any corn in the mix. There are a million ways you could change this recipe but I was able to use up the leftover ingredients I had around. It was pretty tasty and the it could serve 6-8 people which is great.

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