Beef and Cheese Tortilla Towers --
30 Minutes or Less
  • Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings


  1. 1 pound Ground Beef (95% lean)
  2. 1 jar (16 ounces) thick-and-chunky salsa
  3. 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed, drained
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. 7 small whole wheat tortillas (6 to 7-inch diameter)
  6. 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  7. Chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
Cantaloupe-Mango Salsa:
  1. 1 cup coarsely chopped ripe mango
  2. 1 cup coarsely chopped cantaloupe
  3. 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add Ground Beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Remove drippings. Stir in salsa, beans and cumin. Cook 3 to 5 minutes or until heated through and most of liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  2. Heat oven to 350°F. 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°F oven 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese melts.
  3. Meanwhile, combine salsa ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Cut each tortilla tower into 4 wedges. Garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with fruit salsa.
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed Ground Beef. Ground Beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160ºF. Color is not a reliable indicator of Ground Beef doneness.
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