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Tortilla & Chilli Layer Recipe

This is a super easy recipe and if you’re an organised person like I am not, you make double the chilli recipe and freeze half the mixture. Then you can make this yummy meal very quickly another day. It serves 4-6 people.

Famil friendly mexican style meal

All you need for a family meal

First your need to make my super easy but totally gorgeous chilli.

You will need:

500g of Minced Beef. (I use lean steak mince, it costs a bit more but for the lack of fat and extra flavour I think it is worth it)

1 onion finely chopped

1 garlic clove finely chopped (optional)

1 carton of Passata 400g size or 1 tin of chopped tomatoes

1-2 teaspoon of chilli powder (more if you like it HOT)

1 tin of kidney beans (400g) drained and rinsed.

To make:

I use a non stick pan so I don’t add any oil but if you haven’t got a non stick pan then use a little oil.

  • Heat the pan on a medium to high heat then add your mince meat. Break up in the pan as it cooks.
  • Once all browned off add your onion and cook for another few minutes until the onion softens.
  • Add garlic if using and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add your chilli powder and cooked for another minute.
  • Add kidney beans and passata or tin tomatoes.

Chilli cooking and healthy tortilla chips on the side

  • Heat for a few minutes till bubbling then turn down the heat to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • Stir every so often to prevent sticking.

To transform this already gorgeous chilli to a tortilla and chilli layer you will need:

5 tortilla wraps. I used more sandwich wraps as that what I had. They are a bit larger so I had to cut them down and make the tortilla chips with left overs. Discovery wraps are perfect size for this as they are a bit smaller but then you don’t get the healthy tortilla chips!!!

Grated cheese about 100g – 150g

I used my deep 20″ mermaid cake tin as I love it and it keeps it all in shape but can equally put it on a baking tray.

You need to:

First layer, a bit generous on the cheese there!!!


  • Put a tortilla wrap on the bottom, top with chilli mix then add some grated cheese.
  • Repeat until the final tortilla wrap and scatter grated cheese on top.
  • Pop in the medium oven for about 15 minutes this is if the chilli is already heated.
  • Put it in longer with some foil on top if not. Then remove foil 5 minutes before ready to get a nice crisp top.

If you don’t want to put the oven on you could assemble this on a microwave dish and microwave it for 2-3 minutes again when putting the chilli in already hot. This will give a softer finish but equally yummy.

Delicious and filling slice.

This is quite filling so simply serve with a salad.

To make the healthy tortilla chips. Get a non-stick pan very hot add the cut up tortilla pieces and cook just for 20 seconds on each side is usually enough. Sprinkle with a little season if desired.

I also make this with a veggie chilli mix.  I just omit the minced meat and add peppers, mushrooms, sometimes pea’s which makes a nice veggie alternative.

If you liked this you may also like my recipe for ‘Roasted Veg Pasta Sauce’


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10 Responses to "Tortilla & Chilli Layer Recipe"

  1. MelkshamMum says:

    Mmmmmm looks lovely. I would probably put a huuuuge dollop of sour cream on top too, you know, for added unhealthiness ;)

    1. Ali says:

      I would have too if I had some in the fridge. Instead you will notice I had avocado and tomato salsa, shines halo *passes sunnies xxx

  2. Michelle street says:

    Nom nom, this is a fave in our house too.. I do it with chicken too… Nom nom nom.. Mxx

    1. Ali says:

      Mmmm never tried it with chicken, will have to give it a go. :-) x

  3. purpleella says:

    This looks delicious, I’ll be giving that a try very soon, thanks for sharing.

    1. Ali says:

      It does go down very well I must say :-) and is really filling too! I have to give it a miss as can’t eat the tortilla’s, so I had potato on top of my chilli still nice though!!!

  4. This looks a great idea, my son would see this as a lasagne for chilli and probably love it. Definitely going to give it a try :)

    1. Ali says:

      Exactly what it is :-) in fact you could do it with bolognaise, cheese and tortilla for a quick and slighty different version of lasagne. Hope you enjoy it :-)

  5. That looks utterly scrummy, have printed off and put in my book

    1. Ali says:

      I am priviledged, can I count that as written a book kind of ;-) I am sure you will all enjoy it and I will have my name worshipped at your table during eating :-) x

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