Friday, February 10, 2012

Taco Pie- Not for the faint at heart

Tonight I decided to make Taco Pie. I used to make this for my kids when they were younger. It's been so long since I've made one, I forgot if I was to cook crust then fill or fill then cook?
Either way, it turned out beautifully.

It's not on the 'diet friendly' food list, unless you want 400 calories immediately. Seriously. I calculated it at 405 calories per slice, 8 slices per pie.

Here's the cast of characters (Oh, and I'm not going to give you amounts, because with this, I cook by feel. Use as much or as little as you want of each ingredient):
The players

Cook your hamburger and rinse, making sure there is no grease. Add taco seasonings. I use a homemade blend so there's no package to show you. Do not use water (like you would if using a taco mix). Set hamburger aside.

Use 2 pie shells. I know, only one is showing. Sue me. I didn't think it was necessary to show them both since you know what one looks like. Psst- it looks just like the one in the pic above! Anyhoo- prick the pie shells with a fork to reduce air pockets:
Pricking the pie
Take your fritos- just a handful- and crush them in your hand and put in bottom of pie shell- like so:
Fritos. Yum

Then take your refried beans and dollop them on top of the fritos. Yeah, dollop is a technical term. It means get some of it on there in any way possible!
Beans dolloped

Spread the beans around. I use the back of the spoon and my finger for this. It does get messy.
Spreading beans. Pick up some Beano While you're out, m'kay?

The pic is missing right here. I have no idea what happened to it. I think it ran away with the spoon. Anyway- you spread a tablespoon or two of salsa over the beans. Then---Add your cheese.
Cheesy goodness

Now add the taco meat- remember- it should be dry- you didn't use water when you made it, right?
Oh, and this pick shows the process starting all over again-
Add taco meat, then repeat the steps.

Okie Dokie- Now repeat the steps-

Then put cheesy goodness on top .....and bake.
I bake at 350 for 45 mins. Basically, just until the cheese is melted and the crust is cooked.
When you're done- it should look like this- or not- if you used more stuff than I did:

Delicious. Fattening. But a nice one plate meal to have with your favorite kid! is fantastic if you add shredded lettuce and tomatoes on top when you serve it, too! Hey, gotta get those veggies in where ya can, right?


  1. Looks wonderful LOOONG time!!! Glad you mentioned the veggies!

  2. Of course! Veggies are essential. I just don't like them...well, except for the lettuce. :)