I hate it when I see a recipe and it looks really good, but it’s followed by a list of ingredients and instructions the length of your arm. With this in mind, I challenged myself to come up with five dinner entrees that only contain five ingredients each. I further challenged myself to keep them healthy and real – real food, not packets of “helpers” with ingredients you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are.
(To make this a little easier, I gave myself three free items: salt, pepper, and olive oil.)
Of course I have to add a Mexican dish to this mix! This is challenging because of everything I want to put in this recipe. To shortcut the ingredients, we are using fresh salsa, available in the deli section, because it includes all the ingredients we normally find like tomatoes, peppers, onion, garlic, cilantro, etc. We are also using either prepared refried beans or (my favorite) the Guiltless Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Dip. Remember when you check labels to make sure it is all real food.
- 1 pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
- 20 corn tortillas (6 inch), extra thin works best
- 1 cup fresh salsa
- 2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese
- 1- 1 ½ cups seasoned refried black beans or spicy black bean dip (Guiltless Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Dip works the best)
- Optional condiments: guacamole, avocado, fresh cilantro, fresh salsa, and sour cream
- Heat a large skillet and drizzle with olive oil.
- When olive oil is shimmering, add ground beef or turkey and sauté until it loses the pink.
- Add salsa and bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thick.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- In the meantime, heat a large dry skillet or griddle.
- Place the tortillas on the skillet or griddle and toast for about 20 seconds on each side.
- Repeat until all tortillas are toasted.
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- On a sheet pan covered with parchment or sprayed with cooking spray, lay down 4 tortillas.
- Top each with 1 tablespoon of black bean dip.
- Spread evenly to edges.
- Top with 1 heaping tablespoon meat/salsa mixture.
- Spread out to the edges.
- Sprinkle with a tablespoon of shredded cheese.
- Top with the next tortilla and press down gently to even out the ingredients.
- Repeat the process until you have 4 layers.
- Top with the 5th tortilla and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Place sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the fillings are hot and the tops are lightly browned.