Tex Mex Bites


6 -10 inch (25 cm) whole wheat or regular flour tortilla
1-19oz can black, red kidney OR pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chunky medium salsa
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup shredded low-fat cheddar or mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
sour cream (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 350°F (180°C).

USING a 4-inch (10 cm) cookie cutter, cut four rounds out of each flour tortilla. Alternatively, use a 3-inch (7.5 cm) cookie cutter to make 7 rounds for mini muffin cups. Press the tortilla rounds into muffin cups. If the tortillas are not soft enough, carefully microwave the rounds for 15 seconds or lightly brush one side with water.

BAKE cups for 12–15 minutes, until light golden and crisp (these can be made several days ahead and stored in an airtight container).

WHILE cups are baking, combine the beans, salsa, chili powder, cheese, and cilantro into a medium bowl.

FOR regular muffin pans, spoon 1 ½ -2 tbsp. (20-30 ml) filling into the tortilla cups, and 1/2 -1 tbsp (7-15 ml) into mini cups.

PLACE the cups on a baking sheet and bake for 8–10 minutes.

SERVE warm with a dollop of light sour cream.

Recipe courtesy of Pulse Canada