70s Flashback: Crazy Crust Taco Pie

Feeling like getting your groove on this weekend? Then ease on down the road to this one dish (sort of) meal in a pie pan, the Crazy Crust Taco Pie. If you never made one before, don’t worry, because thanks to the Internet, the past is at your fingertips. Not into taco flavoring? There are endless filling possibilities from the past or you can invent your own. Most of the ones I see use ground beef, but I’d like to see some with chicken, too. The crust is kind of a loose biscuit dough with egg and sour cream that rises around your filling, and the result is a very soft and tender crust.

Can you dig it?

Crazy Crust Taco Pie

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Preheat oven to 425°

Grease and flour a 10 inch pie pan.

Crazy Crust

1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup solid shortening (like Crisco®)

1/2 cup sour cream

1 egg

  1. Mix all ingredients until mostly smooth. I recommend a hand mixer to help incorporate the solid shortening.
  2. Pour batter into prepared pie dish and spread out to edges and up sides. The batter is a little thicker than pancake batter and will not go very far up the sides, so spread it thin on the bottom and use the back of your spoon to press it up the sides about an inch.

My Taco Filling

1 lb ground beef, browned

1 onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely diced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce, or your favorite salsa

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  1. Brown ground beef and drain off fat. Add onion, garlic, and dry seasonings, continuing to cook until the onions are soft. Add salsa and chipotle peppers and cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool a little while making the batter.
  2. Spoon filling into center of battered dish, leaving the edges of the batter uncovered. Try to place the filling around in spoonfuls and not press it into the batter or do a lot of spreading.
  3. Bake at 425° for about 20 minutes or until browned. If you want to top with cheese, you can add that after it comes out of the oven or you can put in on during the last 5 minutes of baking.
  4. Cut in wedges and serve with your favorite taco toppings—grated cheese, lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, more salsa.

Author: Barbara

I have a PhD in American Literature and taught in higher education for over twenty years and directed two Centers for Instructional Technology before retiring.

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