Not Just For… | Breakfast Tortilla Pie

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

By the time you see this, it will be long past breakfast, but no worries! This Breakfast Tortilla Pie is not just for breakfast, or for Cinco de Mayo, for that matter. It made a perfect lunch for me yesterday, and I would certainly serve this for dinner any day of the week. It would even be wonderful on your Mother’s Day brunch menu.

I was opening a pack of Tortilla Land Fresh Tortillas to make breakfast burritos yesterday, something I often crave after a good morning work out. There’s something about eggs and beans and avocados that my body hungers for in a post-exercise refuel. As I was assembling my ingredients on the counter and pulling pans out of the cupboard, my eyes spotted one of my pie plates on the shelf. It just seemed logical: I would make a tortilla pie.

Layering freshly puffed tortillas with fillings such as chorizo, corn, bell pepper, beans and spicy pepper jack cheese is so simple, no rolling required! And baking the eggs in the dish gave the pie a hearty quiche-like base. But I have to say, the most exciting thing about assembling the pie was making the tortillas themselves.

Have you ever made your own tortillas? I haven’t – I confess to buying them ready made, in those handy resealable bags. When the folks at Tortilla Land offered to send me some of their fresh, uncooked tortillas to sample, I had to say yes. I buy them every week, but never in dough form. You see, the Tortilla Land tortillas are essentially pre-pressed dough – it’s almost like making them yourself! The ingredients are simple and wholesome. And, I love that they keep, in a refrigerator, for much longer than a regular package of pre-made tortilla shells. Cooking the fresh tortillas on a non-stick pan takes mere seconds; I do believe I am a convert.

One day, I will tackle making my own tortillas, from scratch to finish. Until then, I will certainly stick to these. Having the tortilla in raw form introduces so many possibilities, you can bet I will be playing around with them some more.

Disclaimer/Disclosure: Tortilla Land kindly shared samples of their Fresh Tortillas, however, I am under no obligation to review or write about their products. I share my opinions because I sincerely loved what I tasted and believe you will, too.

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Breakfast Tortilla Pie

Makes 1 9-inch pie.

  • 5-6 tortillas (fresh or pre-made)
  • 5 eggs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 pieces chorizo (or your favorite sausage)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • shredded pepper jack cheese (or your favorite kind)
  • black beans
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 3 scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup minced
  • cilantro
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • avocado slices

Preheat the oven to 450°F.

If using fresh tortillas, cook the tortillas on non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, 30 seconds per side, until lightly browned and puffy. Set aside.

Lightly butter the bottom of your pie pan. Place one tortilla in the pan. Beat eggs with salt and pepper to taste and pour over the tortilla. Gently place the pie pan into the oven on the lowest rack and bake for about 15 minutes or until it starts to set.

While the eggs bake, chop/crumble the sausage into a skillet and brown over medium heat. About midway through the browning, add the onion and stir frequently. Drain any excess oil. When the eggs are set, remove the pie pan from the oven. Layer one tortilla on the eggs. Begin layering your fillings: sausage, beans, cheese, bell pepper, corn, cilantro, scallion. Repeat with another layer of tortilla and fillings and continue until you reach the top. Finish with a final layer of tortilla and cheese.

Return the pan to the oven for another 10 minutes, or until the eggs are fully cooked and the pie comes together. Carefully slice the tortilla pie and serve garnished with sour cream, salsa and avocado. [/framed_box]

 

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by Liren Baker on May 5, 2011

17 Responses to “Not Just For… | Breakfast Tortilla Pie”

  1. The Duo Dishes May 5, 2011 @ 4:04 pm (#
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    Fun breakfast dish! You could easily throw together your own tortillas. Admittedly, one of us has a tortilla press but we’ve still never made them. It seems like a fun project though. Gorgeous photos too!

  2. Belinda @zomppa May 5, 2011 @ 4:23 pm (#
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    Holy mackerel! That pie is just laughing at me, knowing how much I want it…but not getting it….

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food May 5, 2011 @ 7:04 pm (#
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    Ive never been a big proponent of breakfast foods for dinner, but sometimes its what feels right. Love this recipe, Liren!

  4. Sanjeeta kk May 5, 2011 @ 7:08 pm (#
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    Love the gorgeous breakfast recipe..can gorge upon it for any meal :) Lovely clicks. Glad to have followed a tweet and landed to this lovely space.

  5. Angela@spinachtiger May 5, 2011 @ 7:38 pm (#
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    I love these kind of breakfast foods, especially for the weekend. I’ve made my own tortillas. Super easy. Get a press for about $15.

    • Liren replied: — May 11th, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

      I think I must! I’m sure I would have so much fun making my own tortillas :)

  6. foodwanderings May 5, 2011 @ 9:14 pm (#
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    Hey Liren, This is fantastic. Love the tortilla pie. I am now hungry and it’s past midnight. Beautiful pics and nice tribute for Cinco de Mayo!

  7. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 6, 2011 @ 4:25 am (#
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    Ooo, I’ve never tried a fresh tortilla before, sounds much better than the store bought kind.

  8. Megan @ pipandebby May 6, 2011 @ 6:20 am (#
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    This looks insanely delicious!! Wow!

  9. norma May 6, 2011 @ 8:51 am (#
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    Great dish. A must try.

    Happy Mother’s day!

  10. Magic of Spice May 6, 2011 @ 3:02 pm (#
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    Happy Cinco de Mayo! This looks absolutely delicious…I have made my own tortillas on several occasions, but opt for store bought unless a special occasion :)

  11. Paula - bell'alimento May 6, 2011 @ 4:16 pm (#
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    I have never had a tortilla pie, I’m going to have to fix that ; )

  12. Tiffany May 8, 2011 @ 6:10 pm (#
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    I love it! It’s like huevos rancheros in a pie! :D

  13. Tortilla Land May 10, 2011 @ 7:56 am (#
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    Still just can’t say enough about how scrumptious this looks! Thanks for posting it!

    • Liren replied: — May 11th, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

      Thanks to you for a wonderful product! We really have grown to love your tortillas and are absolute converts – my husband said today that these were some of the best tortillas he has had in a long time.

  14. MikeVFMK May 10, 2011 @ 9:57 am (#
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    Liren, this looks fantastic! I’m on my own tonight so I just might give this a shot. So good!

  15. Raquel May 11, 2011 @ 7:29 pm (#
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    Sounds awesome, I am definitely going to make this for entertaining breakfast guests!

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