James Carrier
Makes 8 servings

This easy enchilada pie is a fresh twist on Mexican fare.  Top with avocado slices and cojita cheese for an impressive presentation.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart nonstick pan over high heat, frequently stir onion, bell peppers, garlic, and cumin seeds in 1 teaspoon oil until the onion is limp, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in corn, beans, and chopped cilantro; remove pan from heat.

Step 2

Pour the chili sauce into a 12-inch rimmed pizza pan or 10-inch pie pan. Dip a tortilla in sauce to coat both sides lightly; lift tortilla out, letting excess sauce drip back into pan. Set tortilla in an oiled 10-inch cheesecake pan with removable rim at least 3 inches tall (see notes). Spread 1/7 (about 1 cup) of the vegetable filling level over tortilla. Sprinkle evenly with 1/3 cup jack cheese and 3 tablespoons cotija cheese. Repeat layers, making a total of seven; top with last tortilla. Reserve any leftover chili sauce and remaining jack and cotija cheeses. Cover pan with an oiled piece of foil, oiled side down. Set pan in a rimmed 10- by 15-inch baking pan.

Step 3

Bake enchilada pie in a 350° regular or 325° convection oven for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until hot (160°) in the center, 30 to 40 minutes longer.

Step 4

Before serving, in a microwave-safe bowl, in a microwave oven on full power (100%), heat remaining chili sauce until hot, 20 to 30 seconds. Pit, peel, and slice avocado.

Step 5

Run a knife between pie and pan rim to loosen. Remove rim, set pie on a platter, and drizzle with chili sauce. Arrange avocado slices in a ring on pie, sprinkle with remaining jack and cotija cheeses, and garnish with cilantro sprigs. Cut into wedges to serve.

Chef's Notes

For a nonvegetarian pie, substitute 2 1/4 cups shredded cooked chicken for the black beans. If cheesecake pan rim is less than 3 inches tall, fold a 36- by 12-inch strip of foil in half twice lengthwise and oil one side. Line rim with strip, oiled side in and edge extending above rim. Pie can be prepared through step 2 up to 1 day ahead. Cover and chill pie, remaining chili sauce, and cheese separately. Bake, covered, for 1 hour; uncover and bake until hot in the center, 40 to 50 minutes longer.

Ratings & Reviews

beckyboop13's Review

January 28, 2014
It was really good. The kids all loved it. I only used 1 can of beans and added some diced carrots and zucchini in place of the other can of beans. I also left out the cojita/feta cheese. We will definitely be making it again.

missmenagerie's Review

May 17, 2012
Mother of all things tasty and holy, this one is a favorite in our house. Granted, the prep is better as a two-person job (Dipping those tortillas is messy. The first time, I made this alone and had enchilada sauce EVERYWHERE.) but there is a great reward for the amount of work. It's filling, super-good, and there is a TON of it. The two of us eat it for days--happily. I use less cheese to lighten things up--probably about a cup of cheddar jack and maaaaaybe half a cup of feta--and it's still so very tasty. I also use black beans I've cooked from scratch, because they are cheaper and tastier, and not laced with BPA. Sunset Magazine, you rock.

Saltygal's Review

August 09, 2010
A family favorite , that is easy to make and adaptable to what you have on hand.