I love a good taco. In fact, there is this little family run Mexican restaurant in my old stomping grounds where you can get the best street tacos for dirt cheap. I even love homemade tacos – crispy tacos. What I don’t like is the mess and the oil. When I ran across this beef taco pie recipe in the Better Homes and Garden Dinner on a Dollar magazine, I knew I had to give it a try.
The only major change I made to the recipe concerned my dreaded bell pepper allergy. As beautiful as they looked in the magazine, they don’t act so beautifully to me. That said, I wanted to add some spice and flavor that the bell peppers had. I opted for canned chili peppers. The second change was a small one. I’m not the biggest fan of flour tortillas so I opted for the same size corn tortillas.
The whole meal took about the same time as any everyday meal – 30 minutes start to finish. Assembly was super simple and I adore the lack of splattering oil yet the yummy crispiness of the top tortillas. And with it coming in at about $1.75 a serving, its a budget friendly dish for sure. Definitely one I would do again.
6 corn tortillas
1 pound ground beef (I don’t eat a lot of beef so I did substitute ground turkey)
1 can of plain diced tomatoes
1 small can of chopped green chili peppers
1 diced onion
2 cups of shredded Colby or Mexican blend cheese
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 pie pan
Putting It All Together:
1. First you want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Next you will want to take a small drizzle of olive oil and brush it over the bottom of the pie dish.
3. Spread a very large spoonful of the diced tomatoes over the bottom of the pie pan. You will then want to arrange 4 of the 6 tortillas over the bottom of the pie pan, overlapping and slightly up on the sides of the pie pan.
4. Next, you’ll want to grab a large skillet to cook your ground beef, green chilis and onions. Over a medium-high heat, cook the ingredients until the meat is browned. Drain off the fat.
5. Add your cinnamon and chili powder to the skillet next. Cook and stir it into the meat mixture for about 1 minute.
6. Grab your remaining tomatoes and add them to the skillet. And don’t for get the juice. Bring it to a boil. Reduce your heat and cook uncovered for about 2 more minutes.
7. Spoon the beef mixture over the tortillas in the pie pan. Layer 1 1/2 cups of your cheese over the beef.
8. Cut up or rip the remaining two tortillas and then spread them over your pie.
9. Bake your pie for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the tortillas brown slightly.
10. Top with your remaining cheese and your cilantro. Let it stand for about 5 minutes and then you are ready to serve.
Cut it like you would a traditional dessert pie and enjoy the yummy. I know I have been enjoying cooking these dinner on a dollar meals but I’m curious what you think? Have you tried any? Did you make any modifications? Do you have a dinner on a dollar meal to share?
Until next post!