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Recipe: beef and cheese tortilla towers

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Beef and cheese tortilla towers serving suggestion

beef and cheese tortilla towers


  • 1 pounds ground beef (95% lean)
  • 16 ounce jar of thick and chunky salsa
  • 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 7 medium whole wheat or flour tortillas (about 6 to 7-inch diameter)
  • 1 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican Cheese blend
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped ripe mango
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cataloupe
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Chopped cilantro


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 -10 minutes, breaking into 3/4 inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove drippings. Stir in salsa, beans and cumin. Cook 3 - 5 minutes or until heated through and most of liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  2. Heat over to 350 degrees. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Place 2 tortillas in single layer on pan. Spoon generous 1/2 cup beef mixture on each tortilla; sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese. Repeat layering of tortillas, beef mixture and cheese twice. Sprinkle remaining cheese over tops of tortilla towers. Cut 8 small stars from remaining tortilla with cookie cutter, arrange on towers. Bake in 350 degree oven 12 - 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts.
  3. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Cut each tortilla into 4 wedges. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with fruit salsa.