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Easy Refried Bean Casserole

I came up with this Easy Refried Bean Casserole when I was looking through my pantry to see what I could make for dinner. At first I was going to make taquitos, but the corn tortillas kept falling apart. It was just not going to work. That is when I came up with this casserole. It is basically refried bean taquitos in a casserole form. It  can be ready in about 30 minutes, is easy to assemble and requires very few ingredients. It turned out to be a winner.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Layer tortillas into an 8 inch pie plate. Spread a layer of the Shortcut Refried Beans on top of the tortillas. Sprinkle half the corn on top of the beans. Sprinkle some Smokey Southwestern Seasoning on top of the corn. Repeat 1-3 more times It just depends on how deep is your pie plate.

Bake until it is hot, about 20-25 minutes.

You can use a number of different toppings: Guacamole, your favorite salsa, or my Creamy Cilantro Sauce/Dressing.

Serve with a salad or your favorite green vegetable.

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Note: Make sure you get Non-GMO corn products.

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Taco Pizza

Many years ago when my husband and I were dating we would go to a pizza place called Happy Joes. We almost always ordered the Taco Pizza. That was my favorite pizza that they served.

This is my take on that pizza, except it is gluten free and vegan. I do not think there are any Happy Joes left, but now I can have a taco pizza in about 30-35 minutes. that time includes making the crust and bake time. That is quicker than ordering and waiting for delivery.

  • 1 recipe of Soft Tostada Dough
  • 3/4 c Shortcut Refried Beans
  • Follow Your Heart Cheddar Cheese Shreds (optional)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 c iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1/4 c tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • tortilla chips, broken, garnish
  • favorite salsa, garnish – We like Newman’s Own brand

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. I used a silicone mat. It is a little more forgiving when you shape the pizza crust.

Make dough. Form dough into a circle, and build up a ridge around the outer edge. Bake dough for 18 minutes. Remove from oven.

Layering 1: Shortcut Refried Beans and cheese shreds. Bake for an additional 7 minutes. Remove from oven.

Layering 2: Iceberg shreds, tomatoes, tortilla chips and salsa.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

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Mexican Soft Tostadas

These are a nice change to the Traditional Tostadas with the hard tostada shells.The shells are soft and pillowy. They remind me of puffy tacos that we used to get many years ago. Those puffy shells were fried and not gluten-free.

These healthy and flavorful all in one bite. You use whatever topping you have on hand. This was what was in my kitchen.

Assemble tostadas : Shells, beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado. Squeeze a little lime juice on your tostada.

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Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

 

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Shortcut Refried Beans

This is my favorite way to make refried beans. This recipe only uses 3 ingredients, but they are so flavorful and delicious. Are you ready for some big flavor?

You can use this recipe for tostadas, enchiladas or even a taco pizza – YUM!

  • 1 can of fat free refried beans
  • 1/4 c favorite salsa – Our favorite is one of the Newman’s Own, either peach or mango
  • 1/2 tsp Smokey Southwestern Seasoning

Add the the ingredients to a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat stirring frequently, until heated through.

Use as desired – enchiladas, tacos, burritos, and whatever else you can dream up.

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