1 3/4 cups (1/4-inch) julienne-cut red bell pepper (about 2 medium)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
5 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 1/4 cups green taco sauce
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
How to Make It
Place water and beans in a food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
Place a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat until hot.
Add onion, zucchini, bell pepper, and garlic; sauté 10 minutes. Add corn, cumin, and ground red pepper; cook 2 minutes. Set aside.
Preheat oven to 350º. Coat a 3-quart round soufflé dish with cooking spray. Place 1 tortilla in bottom. Spread 1/2 cup bean mixture over tortilla. Spoon 1 cup onion mixture over top. Top with 1/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat with remaining ingredients, ending with 1/2 cup cheese. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
Why is this a tamale casserole? It should be something more like Black Bean Vegetable Burrito casserole, since it has no cornmeal in it. I made it just as the recipe says except I simply chopped the bell peppers rather than julienne-cut them. Forgot to put in the ground red pepper, and did not notice its absence. We will eat the leftovers, but I am in no hurry to make it again, as it was a lot of work for just an OK casserole.
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