I get great pleasure from finding a dish that tastes great and is cheap. Yes, I said CHEAP! It satisfies this inner need to not only feed my family, but to know that I could still feed them if we were poor. I am very fortunate that I don't actually have to scrimp to buy food, but it's good to realize you could do it if you had to. And since I am actually trying to save for a little vacation, it's nice to come in under budget on groceries once in a while.
This dish is not ramen noodle cheap, but it's pretty darned inexpensive considering it's also pretty healthy. I made it pretty much the same as Annie, but I admit to drinking half the beer that was supposed to go in with the beans. The beans didn't miss it one bit. I skipped the salsa on top, but I won't next time. Some diced fresh tomatoes would have been just as good. I tossed some sliced cabbage, minced cilantro and green onions with lime juice, olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper for a side. It was yummy.
Tortilla and Black Bean Pie
4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1 T. canola oil
1 large onion, diced
1 jalapeno chile, seeded and minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ t. ground cumin
coarse salt and ground pepper
2 (15-oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
12 oz. beer, or 1 ½ cups water
1 (10-oz.) package frozen corn
4 scallions, thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
8 oz. shredded Mexican cheese
sour cream and salsa, for serving
Preheat oven to 400°.
Using a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan, using the bottom of the pan as a guide. Set aside. (My springform pan is a 10-inch and so I didn't need to do this. Obviously, skip it if they already fit.)
Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno, garlic, and cumin; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5-7 minutes.
Fit a trimmed tortilla in the bottom of the springform pan; layer with 1/4 of the beans and sprinkle evenly with some of the cheese. Repeat three times, using all of the remaining cheese on the top layer. Bake until hot and cheese is melted, 20-25 minutes. Remove sides of pan; garnish with scallions. To serve, slice into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.
Source: Annie's Eats