Ground cumin adds a smoky Tex-Mex taste to this savory beef-and-corn pie.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan (use the removable bottom of the pan as a guide). Assemble pan with the bottom upside down; lightly oil bottom and sides. Set aside.

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  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion, cumin, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Raise heat to medium-high; add beef and garlic. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon until no longer pink, 4 to 6 minutes. Add corn and spinach; stir until spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.

  • Place one tortilla in the prepared pan. Spreading evenly, top with 1 1/2 packed cups beef mixture, then 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat with two more layers. Top with last tortilla, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

  • Bake pie until top is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan; remove sides. Using two wide metal spatulas, lift pie from bottom of pan, and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into wedges. If desired, serve with cilantro and sour cream.

Cook's Notes

Turning the bottom of the springform pan upside down makes it easier to removethe pie after baking.

Reviews (34)

86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 24
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5.0 stars
11/26/2019
This is very easy and pretty quick. The filling is super delicious. I've made it twice now, but with corn tortillas. If using corn tortillas, don't start and end the layers with tortillas or they'll be boardy. Instead, start with a thin meat layer (no cheese), then continue with another tortilla, then meat, then cheese; making sure the last layer is cheese. This version is gooier than the original recipe and it turned out that a round casserole dish worked better than the recommended spring form pan. Lastly, the dish is really enhanced by the sour cream and cilantro and they shouldn't be skipped.
Rating: Unrated
04/28/2017
I saw this recipe and was intrigued, so I picked up the ingredients on my way home from work. I fixed it exactly as listed, then added a few jalapenos on the bottom layer. Other than the meat mixture being a bit bland to the taste, everyone loved it. We put sour cream and black olives on top and it really livened up the flavor. Will definitely make it again...
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07/16/2012
I made this recipe in my oiled cast iron dutch oven and "baked it" on my Gas grill (med to low heat for about 30 mimutes or until golden brown) Excellent! Also, keeps the heat down in the kitche during the summer months...bet it would be great as a campfire meal too!
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05/10/2012
I've been making this since it first appeared in Everyday Food back in 2006. It always gets rave reviews and requests for the recipe. I make it with veggie ground round even when serving it to a meat eating crowd. I also add slices of orange bell pepper to the filling and extra cumin and I serve it with guacamole, sour cream and salsa. I now have two spring pans since this makes a great dish to bring to a potluck. It's also appreciated when I make it for families who need a meal from church
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03/14/2012
I don't have a spring form pan, so I used a deep 8" cake pan. I sprayed the sides and bottom with Pam, and placed parchment paper on the bottom (like I would with a cake) to prevent any sticking. 8" whole-wheat tortillas fit perfectly in the pan. Everything held together well, even when I sliced it for serving. The recipe mistakenly omits salt! Add salt to the ground beef mixture as you're cooking it, and it will taste how it should. Highly recommend this recipe!
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10/23/2011
This is super easy and fast! I didn't have the monterey jack cheese so I used medium cheddar. My husband absolutely loved it! Great variation of ingredients. I highly recommend this recipe! :)
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05/04/2011
Easy to make, but tastes bland, even after I added chile powder. Tasted like ground beef with cheese. Will definitely look for a different recipe next time.
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03/06/2011
Fun to make, easy preparation, and delicious. I followed the recipe, but did not cut back the tortillas (worked fine), used the whole 12 oz bag of corn, used the entire 5 oz spinach, and served mine with salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, nacho chips...we had a friend for dinner...Unanimous vote...good eats. We really enjoyed every bite. Presentation is impressive.
Rating: Unrated
02/07/2011
Thanks to christyvb .. such a great tip! I have just tried making my own flour tortillas from scratch and they were pretty good to me.. not sure about a critique from a real latin mom. But I am was happy and next I want to try making corn tortillas. any help please?
Rating: Unrated
12/31/2010
LOVED IT! LOVED IT LOVED IT! I used a 10inch tortilla with a 10inch spring form to avoid cutting. Would suggest using more cheese...8oz didn't make enough to top the pie. Might also try a layer of refried or black beans?
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12/31/2010
LOVED IT! LOVED IT LOVED IT! I used a 10inch tortilla with a 10inch spring form to avoid cutting. Would suggest using more cheese...8oz didn't make enough to top the pie. Might also try a layer of refried or black beans?
Rating: Unrated
12/27/2010
I made this recipe for dinner everyone loved it! I didn't have corn so I put red bell pepper in it instead...yum!
Rating: Unrated
10/03/2010
This was specTACular! Made it for 2 very hungry men and myself, and it was a tremendous hit. I only used 1/2 tsp of cumin because I'm not a big fan, and I upped the ante on the red pepper flakes and garlic. Really delicious and there's not a morsel left. I'll be making it again.
Rating: Unrated
09/11/2010
Made this last night for group of 8 friends and they all loved it! Layered warm corn tortillas in a 9x13 pan like a lasagna. Also added black beans, whole can of tomato paste and added a heaping TBS of chili powder for extra taste. Very easy and tasty!
Rating: Unrated
06/15/2010
i thought this was absolutely delicious. I used whole-wheat tortillas, ground turkey, and i used an entire can of tomato paste rather than 2 T - I think this made a huge difference. Also, I'm a huge Chalula fan, so I added a few T of that as well. absolutely delicious!!!!
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06/08/2010
This was pretty good. We thought it needed "something" however... Next time I will have a much heavier hand with the salt
Rating: Unrated
03/30/2010
Excellent flavor, added 1/2 cup of black beans, used whole wheat tortillas and 2% cheese. Served with a side of sour cream, next time will serve with salsa too.
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03/30/2010
Excellent flavor, added 1/2 cup of black beans, used whole wheat tortillas and 2% cheese. Served with a side of sour cream, next time will serve with salsa too.
Rating: Unrated
01/21/2010
I didn't have spinach, so I put in some drained
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01/16/2010
I loved this dish! Super easy and tasty!
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01/15/2010
This was DELICIOUS. In addition to the sour cream, I served a little guacamole and salsa. We ate the whole thing!
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10/27/2009
This was amazing and so easy!
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12/30/2008
This pie is delicious and very easy to make. Yum!
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12/30/2008
This pie is delicious and very easy to make. Yum!
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11/05/2008
I like a lot of EF recipes- this isn't on the top of my list. It was okay- it missed some ingredient to add more flavor.. I would try another pie recipe but not this one.
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11/05/2008
I like a lot of EF recipes- this isn't on the top of my list. It was okay- it missed some ingredient to add more flavor.. I would try another pie recipe but not this one.
Rating: Unrated
05/27/2008
I recommend you to make this dish also with small tortillas to make individual pies so they'll look more beautiful and easier to cut. Maybe if you try corn tortillas will be very tasty also, but first warm they to avoid cracking and to be more tasteful and it will be healthier than flour tortillas.
Rating: Unrated
05/27/2008
I recommend you to make this dish also with small tortillas to make individual pies so they'll look more beautiful and easier to cut. Maybe if you try corn tortillas will be very tasty also, but first warm they to avoid cracking and to be more tasteful and it will be healthier than flour tortillas.
Rating: Unrated
04/12/2008
My husband liked it so much, he decided it was "company good". So, I made it for the in-laws and they loved it too!
Rating: Unrated
04/12/2008
My husband liked it so much, he decided it was "company good". So, I made it for the in-laws and they loved it too!
Rating: Unrated
03/05/2008
So easy and delicious!
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03/05/2008
So easy and delicious!
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2008
I made this pie one night in a hurry to get somethng ready for dinner... It was fast to make and it turned out very tasty. It was also filling, which helped because I did not prepare a salad or any other side dish.
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2008
I made this pie one night in a hurry to get somethng ready for dinner... It was fast to make and it turned out very tasty. It was also filling, which helped because I did not prepare a salad or any other side dish.