Black Beans Recipe:
Bean and Tortilla Stacks

This is a wonderful black beans recipe. Bean and Tortilla Stacks are popular with kids and adults alike.

black bean and corn recipe

Please note: This recipe makes one large tortilla stack, which might serve one hungry adults or two kids. Multiply the amounts as needed for more servings.

You could also use small tortillas and have each person make his/her own individual stack.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • a can of tomato paste
    • a can of black beans
    • a can of corn
    • flour tortillas
    • vegetable oil (for the baking sheet)

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • salsa
    • Monterey Jack cheese
    • sour cream

Buy these fresh ingredients

  • cilantro

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a can opener
    • 2 bowls
    • a baking sheet

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a silicone brush for oiling the baking sheet

    The recipe

    Preheat oven to 400F/200C.

    Oil a baking sheet.

    1 cup/250 mL medium salsa

    1/2 cup/125 mL water

    1 can (5.5 oz/156 mL) tomato paste

    1 can (15 oz/540 mL) black beans, drained

    1 can (12 oz/341 mL) corn, drained

    1/2 cup/125 mL fresh cilantro leaves

    2 cups/500 mL Monterey Jack cheese, grated

    4 soft 8" wheat tortillas

    In a bowl, combine the salsa, water and tomato paste.

    In another bowl, combine the beans, corn and cilantro.

    Place a tortilla on the greased baking sheet.

    Top with 1/3 of the salsa mixture, 1/3 of the bean mixture, and 1/4 of the cheese.

    Top with another tortilla and repeat. (1/3 salsa, 1/3 beans, 1/4 cheese)

    Repeat. (Another tortilla, 1/3 salsa, 1/3 beans, 1/4 cheese)

    Top with the last tortilla.

    Top with the remaining cheese.

    Bake until the filling is hot and the cheese is melted (about 10-12 minutes).


    • Use frozen or fresh corn instead of canned.

    • Use another meltable cheese instead of (or mixed with) the Monterey Jack. Mozzarella works well.

    • Use corn tortillas instead of flour.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Make your own homemade salsa.

    • Cook your own black beans from scratch. (You'll need about 2 cups.) Click here to learn how to cook black beans.

    • Experiment with different cheeses.

    • For a hotter dish, add some minced hot peppers, or some hot sauce.


    • I use kitchen shears to cut the pie into individual wedges.

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