Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Recipe
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Black Bean Tortilla Casserole Recipe

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"A cousin gave me this recipe— she know my family loves Southwestern fare," says Sue Briski of Appleton, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:9 servings
Healthy Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped green peppers
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 cup picante sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup sliced ripe olives

Nutritional Facts

One serving (1 piece with toppings) equals 246 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 746 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 16 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch 1 vegetable


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the onions, peppers, tomatoes, picante sauce, garlic and cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the beans.
  2. Spread a third of the mixture in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Layer with four tortillas and 2/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers; top with remaining beans.
  3. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with toppings. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Black Bean Tortilla Casserole in Light & Tasty June/July 2002, p43

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Reviewed Oct. 30, 2012

"I don't cook vegetarian very often, as my husband and I both love our pork, chicken, and beef. I was afraid we would still be hungry or feel like something was "Missing" but that didn't happen! We were very satisfied by this meal....I did make one change to it...I put all the ingredients on a tostada shell instead of using layered tortillas to make it a casserole. LOVE!!!!"

Reviewed Mar. 28, 2011

"I made several changes to this recipe, but that wasn't the plan. We were out of green onions so I omitted those. We were also out of black beans so I under great-northern instead. This was still an amazing meal and my husband who is a meat lover even loved this!"

Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"This recipe tasted great and was easy to fix."

Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"Very tasty and healthy with all the veggies...doesn't even seem like a meatless dish. The beans taste great!! Would definately make again!!"

Reviewed May. 11, 2010

"Very tasty! This is a great Mexican vegetarian option that is also low fat."

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