Get back into the swing of weeknight dinners while fueling up on protein and vitamin C with this festive vegetarian entree provided by St Joseph Health.​ Find more healthy meal ideas from St. Joseph Health here.


  •  1 cup frozen or fresh  chopped bell pepper, thawed and drained
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh  chopped onion, thawed and drained
  • 1 can [15 to 16 ounces] no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can [14½ ounces] no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • ½ cup salsa or picante sauce
  • Vegetable oil spray
  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded light Mexican mixed cheese blend or Monterey Jack cheese
  • ⅛ tsp. (heaping) crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup snipped fresh cilantro



  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the bell pepper, onion, beans, undrained tomatoes, and salsa.
  3. Spray a 9-inch square pan with vegetable oil spray.
  4. Spoon 1 cup bell pepper mixture into the pan.
  5. Arrange 4 tortillas in the pan, overlapping as necessary.
  6. Spoon half the remaining sauce over the tortillas. Top with 1/2 cup cheese.
  7. Repeat.
  8. Lightly spray a sheet of aluminum foil with vegetable oil spray. Cover the pan with foil, lightly sprayed side down to prevent the cheese from sticking.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil. Bake for five minutes more, or until hot and bubbly.
  10. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and cilantro. Cut into four squares.

Serves 4
Each serving contains about 272 calories, 5.5 g of fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 406 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, and 17 g protein.

*Recipe used with written permission from St. Joseph Health, our partner in health.