Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Easy as Pie

Good day! Well here I am again, with another All Recipes.com recipe. That is the best site ever. Well, best site without kittens.
I am currently listening to great 80's hits, the sun is shining, its not windy, all in all a perfect day to go outside. Which is why I will stay inside and write my blog, and watch tv. I might open a window. Maybe. For those that don't know, I am what you would call an "Indoor Girl". On with the recipe!
"Burrito Pie"
Once again, I refrained from partaking of this casserole.


2 lbs ground beef, 1 chopped onion, 2 tsps minced garlic, 1 (2 oz) can sliced black olives, 1 (4 oz) can diced green chili peppers, 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/ green chili peppers, 1 (16 oz) jar taco sauce, 2 (16 oz) cans refried beans, 12 (8 in) flour tortillas, 9 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Just a couple of notes, I usually never by name brand canned veggies. There is such a huge difference in price, and not in taste(mostly) that its not worth getting name brand. But the reason I got Del Monte was because I could not find Kroger diced tomatoes with the green chili peppers. It was late, I was hungry and tired and was sick of being in the store. So I just bought the more expensive tomatoes. Convenience has its price. And the tortillas, I have no idea if they are 8 inches or not, but I bought them for the same reasons as the tomatoes. I wanted to leave the store. And once again, I just used half of an onion. A whole onion seems super over powering. I used my handy dandy manual food processor from Pampered Chef to chop the onions.


After! I am never using a knife to finely chop onions again!


Preheat oven to 350 degrees(This could probably wait until after the meat simmers). In a large skillet brown meat with onions and minced garlic. Drain excess fat(the recipe says to drain "if desired" I totally drained it because otherwise its super gross!).

This is my hand me down measuring spoon that my mother in law gave me. She never used it and let me have it. From the Pampered Chef, of course. This is the older version, they have brought a new and improved spoon, but this still works for me just fine!

Before I used my Mix-n-Chop from Pampered Chef!

After! I am such a good spokes-person for Pampered Chef! I could never sell the stuff though, I hate public speaking, so I shall endorse it this way.

Mix in olives, green chili peppers, tomatoes, taco sauce, and refried beans. Stir thoroughly, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes(I turn the oven on after this, other wise your oven would just be on with nothing in it for like a half an hour!).

Yes, I realize the chili peppers are supposed to be diced, but I grabbed whole. It was a surprise when I opened it up to see these gross snake like green things when I expected diced. Oh well, I just had to dice them myself.

Good as new!

I had to switch to a big pot, because all those ingredients were not going to fit in that skillet. This is a 5 qt pot and it worked perfectly.

15 minutes of simmering and viola!

Spread a thin layer of the meat mix in the bottom of a 4 qt baking dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat, then cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese until tortillas are used, topping with meat and cheese.

Ok, so it didn't work out exactly as the recipe said, but there are 2 reasons for that. First is that I used a 3 qt dish(9x13), because I don't have a 4 qt dish. Second I only used about 6 or 8 tortillas because I am not sure if they were 8 inches. But it still worked. It fit fine in the 9x13, and I had like 3 layers of tortillas. I went easy with the cheese on the inside, and layered the most cheese on top. And here it is all cooked!

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.

Doesn't that look good? My husband loved it, of course. He loves spicy stuff. I suggest using a bowl to eat it from, it was pretty runny. That makes it sound less appetizing, huh? Don't know how else to explain it though. Hope you liked this recipe. The next one I blog will be an epic fail recipe. Well maybe not epic, but still a fail. But my mom encouraged me to to share my harrowing experience with Scotch Eggs, and I will. Until then, keep calm and love cats.


  1. Looks Yummy!!! I can't wait for the next post!!!

  2. Did you eat it? Did you like it?