So I bought a pie crust weeks ago in hopes that I might be inspired to bake a pie. We'll inspiration never came and the pie crusts have been taking valuable real estate in my small freezer. Then earlier this week I remembered I had pinned a recipe for a taco type casserole in a pie crust. A major plus was I had everything the recipe called for (always a plus to not have to run to the store). This was another one of those pins where its just a picture pinned and the recipe is left in the description section, however the directions seemed fairly idiot proof (emphasis on the fairly) so I decided to give it a try.
The directions are as follows:
Taco Pie, one of my favorites! Prepare taco meat as usual, add to pie crust, add cheese.....bake off and then add your favorite taco toppings. So simple and so yummy :)
The biggest question I had was about the crust. It doesn't say whether you put it in a raw or baked pie crust, what temperature to bake it at, or for how long. I then decided I would consult the Internet Bible for cooks...www.food.com. I found a similar recipe that recommended baking the pie crust first at 350 for 15 minutes, then adding the meat and cheese, and then baking for 5 minutes to melt the cheese.
Now when I decided to make Taco Pie tonight I knew I had the crust, the meat, and the cheese. I was sure I had taco seasoning (don't I always have taco seasoning), however what I found in my pantry was two half packets of chili seasoning and a packet of chicken taco seasoning. I decided on using the chicken taco seasoning and hoping it all turned out OK. I used a pound of ground turkey and threw in the packet of meat seasoning while baking the crust according to the directions (350 for 12-15 minutes, mine was ready in 13) Then I threw the meat in the crust, added a generous helping of my Great Value 3 Cheese Fiesta mix and into the oven it went. The crust came out nice and brown but not burnt and the cheese melted quite well. I would have thrown some sour cream on it after it came out of the oven but alas my sour cream was past its expiration date and ended up in the trash can. I spread a layer of mild salsa over the cheese, the topped it with a layer of shredded lettuce and viola is was done.
Taste wise it was OK. Nothing remarkable or amazing, though the chicken taco seasoning tasted great with the ground turkey (in case you're ever in a pinch and don't have regular taco seasoning). I like pie crust but the two together just didn't mesh as well as one might hope. Joe and I got into the discussion about making some kind of crushed Frito crust (I haven't check Pinterest for that yet, but will soon I'm sure) just to add a bit more flavor. We both agreed it would be good to take to a pot luck type dinner as it is quick to make, takes very few ingredients, and is fairly inexpensive. I'm not sure when or if I'll make it again but I am glad I gave it a try. A lot could probably be added to this recipe to jazz it up and I'm sure someone will figure out a way to make a pie crust out of Fritos.