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Beef ‘n’ Bean Torta

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours


4 servings

This zesty dish is a favorite of mine because it has a wonderful Southwestern taste and is easy to prepare. I serve it on nights when we have only a few minutes to eat before running off to meetings or sports events. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas
Beef 'n' Bean Torta Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 4 flour tortillas (8 inches)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Minced fresh cilantro, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes, optional


  1. Cut four 20x3-in. strips of heavy-duty foil; crisscross so they resemble spokes of a wheel. Place strips on the bottom and up the sides of a 5-qt. slow cooker. Coat strips with cooking spray.
  2. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, olives, chili powder, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce. Spoon about 1-2/3 cups into prepared slow cooker; top with one tortilla and 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layers three times.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or until heated through. Using foil strips as handles, remove the tortilla stack to a platter. If desired, sprinkle with cilantro and serve with salsa, sour cream, lettuce and tomatoes.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 555 calories, 24g fat (11g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 1365mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 6g fiber), 36g protein.

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  • jpjunkbox
    Jan 15, 2021

    @craig, torta is also Mexican for 'sandwich', which this is. Do some research before posting, please.

  • Adele
    Jan 14, 2021

    @craig: get a clue! "Torta" can be a lot of things. In French Canada, a torte is a type of fancy layered cake. In Italy, torta di gorgonzola is a type of creamy blue-veined cheese. Who died and made you the language police? What I am about to say might apply to a lot of people who submit comments here. I have two words to say to any of you who don't like something: scroll on! Much of the behaviour I see in these comments is just plain unacceptable.

  • bucky2
    Aug 15, 2019

    @craig this came from a lady in Texas NOT France. It is an American/Mexican recipe which to me sounds quite good. Recipes have been swapped around by everyone who has come to America since day one! I've been around a time or two including France and never heard anyone complaining about using a wrong word! Would you tell me what your complaint is?...other than language!

  • cynandtom
    Mar 3, 2019

    First time making a dish like this in a slow cooker. Hubby and I loved it. The only change I made was adding garlic (because I put garlic on everything) and used kidney beans, just because we prefer them. The tin foil trick is creative and genius. A definite keeper!

  • Craig
    Mar 11, 2018

    That isn't a torta; a torta is on a large French roll, not tortillas.

  • darlyn29
    Feb 24, 2018

    Super tasty and easy to make! I have made it in the oven at 350 after assembling and it worked out just fine too! I use corn tortillas and tofu crumbles to make it gluten free so it's a great option for our family's diet restrictions.

  • Dreama
    Jan 30, 2018

    Made this last week and it was REALLY good! I used a crock liner also, then just pulled the whole thing out an folded the liner down around the platter. I haven't washed a slow cooker since they invented these things! I was also very pleased with the flavor. I did not make any changes to this, except I did use ground turkey an I was surprised at how much flavor it had. Another bonus to this recipe is it re-heated really well. I left the other 1/2 in the liner an re-heated it in the microwave on 80% for a few minutes an it was great! I will next time only cook 4 hours not 5. My top got a little too brown. I don't rate a lot of recipes, but cook every day an have taken Taste of Home since it started. This is a easy one an really good for just 2 people.

  • xlsalbums
    Jan 28, 2018

    I like that this was a crock pot recipe. I used a crock pot liner instead of the tin foil. It made it easier to lift out of the pot and I was able to work the torta out of the bag onto a platter. Good flavors!

  • PageRD
    Aug 1, 2016

    This was so easy to throw together. I loved the flavors! It makes a nice, hearty meal. I add some jalapeno rings to the top. If I made it again, I might throw in a can of chopped green chiles. I think it would be great with corn tortillas.

  • CountryMouse103
    Mar 26, 2016

    This recipe will be one of my favorites. Simple to make, simple to change up if you like. I added a bit more cheese. I was surprised how easy those foil strips made it to remove it from the crock pot. I didn't have heavy duty foil, so I just doubled up my regular foil. You could also use ground turkey for a healthier recipe