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This family favorite was given to me by a friend who received it from her friend in Southern California. I like to serve it with refried beans and Spanish rice.—JoAnne Radosevich, Ottumwa, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 6 flour tortillas (10 inches)
  • 4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • Toppings: salsa, guacamole, sour cream


  1. In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chilies and taco seasoning; mix well. Layer one tortilla, 1 cup meat sauce and 2/3 cup cheese on 10-in. microwave-safe pie plate. Repeat layers four times. Top with the remaining tortilla and cheese. Microwave uncovered, on high for 3-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges. Serve with toppings of your choice. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Tortilla Torte in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p299

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