Sunday, February 1, 2009

Tortilla Chip Pie – From Amanda

My granddaughter is an excellent cook. She enjoys creating new recipes, and adjusting ones she likes. I think you'll like this one she sent, too:

2 - 15 oz cans kidney beans, drained
1/2 to 1 pound ground beef or turkey (I always cook with turkey)
1 tablespoon dry onion
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon EACH garlic powder and oregano
1/8 teaspoon pepper
15 oz can tomato sauce
3 cups tortilla chips

1 or 2 cups shredded cheese Get your ground meat and start it to frying in a big iron skillet. Break it up into small pieces as you go along. When it is done clear through drain off the fat if necessary.

Put the beans, seasonings, and tomato sauce in the skillet with the meat. Stir it all up and simmer it for a few minutes to blend the flavors. If necessary you may add a little water. If you add too much water then you can simmer it on the stove until it thickens up to your liking.

When the mixture is good and hot, turn it into a 9" by 13" pan. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and then scatter the tortilla chips over all. I casually jab the mixture with my fork or spoon to coax some of the chips into the meat mixture. You don't want them all in the meat because they will get soggy. . Place the pan into the oven and bake at 400° for about 20 minutes.

When the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbly, the dish is done.To serve, place a handful of lettuce in a bowl. Top it with a big scoop of the tortilla chip/meat mixture. Then add fresh or canned tomatoes and sour cream.

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