Burrito Pie

This is similar to an Italian lasagna, but has a Mexican flavor to it. My family loves Mexican food so this was a big hit in my house! It pretty much tastes like what the name suggests... a burrito! This would be great for a pot luck because it makes a lot of food! If you don't want a lot of leftovers, divide all the ingredients in half into two foil pie plates or  two foil 8 inch square pans. Have one half for dinner and save the other half for later because they freeze great! Just take it out of the freezer (no need to defrost) and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until nice and hot. If you use a glass pan from the freezer, you will need to defrost it first. It will shatter if you put it in the oven right away. Not a pretty site! Serve this with your favorite fixings such as lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, or salsa. This is definitely a crowd pleaser! Enjoy!

Burrito Pie
Slightly adapted from www.allrecipes.com

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chili peppers
1 (10 ounce) can rotel diced tomatoes with green chile peppers
1 (16 ounce) jar taco sauce
1 tbsp taco seasoning (optional)
1 (16 ounce) can fat free refried beans
9 (8 inch) flour tortillas
8 ounces reduced fat Mexican Three Cheese Blend shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and garlic, and saute for 5 more minutes. Drain any excess fat, if desired. Mix in the green chile peppers, tomatoes with green chile peppers, taco sauce, taco seasoning and refried beans. Stir mixture thoroughly, reduce heat to low, and let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Spread a thin layer of the meat mixture in the bottom of a 4 quart casserole dish. Cover with a layer of tortillas followed by more meat mixture, then a layer of cheese. Repeat tortilla, meat, cheese pattern until all the tortillas are used, topping off with a layer of meat mixture and cheese.

Bake for 20 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cheese is slightly brown and bubbly.

Serves 16
(1 - 13x9 inch dish, 2 - 9 inch pie plates or 2 - 8 inch square pans)

Calories: 309   Fat: 9.4 g   Protein: 26.8 g   Carbs: 30.2 g   Fiber: 4.3 g  WW Points: 8
(use reduced fat or fat free tortillas to decrease your fat intake)

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