If you are looking for 5 layers of quesadilla goodness or a meal inspired by Tex-Mex flavors, I have just the thing!  It’s called Quesadilla Pie.  It’s a savory dish comprised of 5 layers of tortillas with all the fillings.  When I asked Andrew to describe it, he said “it’s good.  It’s really good”, then proceeded to keep eating so that was all I got out of him 😊 It’s easy to make and very mild to accommodate any palette.  I wouldn’t consider it a spicy dish, but you can customize it to spice it up or spice it down.

The recipe can be found here.

I suggest using a springform pan to make this recipe.  If you don’t have one, you can use a pie pan or another round baking dish, but I think the springform pan helps to cut even slices and remove the slices without losing the filling.  A link to the pan I used can be found here.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F and spray the springform pan with cooking spray.  Also prep your ingredients; chop the onion and tomatoes and mince the garlic.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent.  Add the garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Stir to combine and continue to cook for about 1 minute.

Add the ground beef and cook until completely cooked through, crumbling as it cooks, for about 7-8 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir to combine.  Cook for 2-3 minutes more to warm the tomatoes.

Now it’s time to assemble the pie.  Place a tortilla on the bottom of the springform pan.  Top with some of the beef mixture and spread to the sides.  Then top with shredded cheese, about ¼ cup of each.  Repeat this step 4 more times for a total of 5 layers.  You should end with cheese on top.  If you have extra tortillas or filling, you can add another layer if your pan is tall enough.

You are now going to bake the pie.  I like to place the springform pan on a baking sheet because I find it easier to place in the oven and remove from the oven but it’s entirely up to you if you want to do this.  The round pan is a little hard to grab with oven mitts.  Anyway, go ahead and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and starting to brown on the top.  Remove from the oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before removing the sides of the springform pan.

When ready to serve, slice and transfer to plates.  Garnish each piece with sour cream, guacamole, Pico de Gallo, jalapeno slices, and any other topping of your choice.  A little hot sauce would be a nice touch.  Enjoy!

Any leftovers should be cooled completely and stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

The recipe can be found here.

A link to the springform pan can be found here.

The Quesadilla Pie was very moist without making the tortilla soggy or mushy.  The leftovers also held up well and reheated nicely the next day.  Go ahead and enjoy the layers of quesadilla goodness 😊

Happy Cooking!

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