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Justin Timberlake Tortilla Pie

By Kelly |

casserole recipes, casserole recipe, mexican recipes

Layers of ground turkey-black bean goodness

Have you ever felt exactly like Justin Timberlake? Me neither. But I relate to his “bringing sexy back” self when it comes to casseroles. The casserole, that concoction of various ingredients assembled, baked, and served in a deep glass dish or crock or pottery bowl called, well, a casserole, is perhaps the best example of how a very good dish has gotten a very bad name. The mere word “casserole” is fuddy-duddy and downtrodden enough to make most modern cooks shudder at the memory of some particularly poor version. It doesn’t have to be that way. Take my tortilla pie, which I made with black beans, ground turkey, and homemade salsa. It has fresh, modern flavors and is an easy dinner for a busy weeknight; it’s so sexy that I named it after Timberlake himself. Here’s how to make it.

If you also like casseroles that don’t stink (and believe they can even be delicious) try this killer baked spaghetti, this fast macaroni and cheese, and this savory bread pudding.

Tortilla Pie

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups salsa (here’s my easiest recipe)
1 15-ounce can of black beans, drained
4 8-inch flour tortillas
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 400. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive and saute onions until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey and thoroughly brown. Drain meat and onion mixture well and set aside in a large bowl. Add salsa and black beans to the meat mixture and combine well. Lightly grease a 2-quart round casserole. Layer one tortilla, about 2/3 cup of the meat-and-bean mixture, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients three more times. Bake for 30 minutes .

Serve garnished with avocado slices and sour cream, if you like.

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