Taco Pie – Easy Comfort Food

November 20, 2018 by Jenny Melrose

Taco pie is perfectly seasoned meat layered with all your favorite taco toppings, then baked in a flaky, buttery pie crust for a comforting weeknight meal. Your family will devour this easy taco pie with pie crust made from simple ingredients that comes together quickly.  Follow my tips below for making the best taco pie, and different options for crusts.

For this recipe you will need: pie crust (homemade or store-bought), ground beef, onion, salsa, pepper, frozen corn, black beans, taco seasoning, and your favorite taco toppings. 

Taco pie filled with ground beef, corn, beans, peppers, covered with cheese tomatoes and green onions in a pie shell. Cutting board with lime and tomatoes in the background

If you’ve been around here awhile you may have noticed quite a few Mexican or Tex-Mex recipes on here. That is because tacos are one of our family’s favorite foods. They are so easy to make, and by the end of the meal, everyone is happy and has a full belly. Plus, they hit on almost every food group, which makes them healthy in my book. But when you turn one of your favorite dishes into a pie? Hello, magic. You really can’t go wrong with taco pie.

It was a usual busy afternoon when I had this idea for making this Mexican-inspired pie. Yes, I normally am all about meal planning, but sometimes you get inspiration or a craving that switches it up. So I checked my fridge and hallelujah, we had all the ingredients that would make a perfect taco pie. Score. Another win for this recipe is it is something I know my family will eat, and if you deal with picky eaters, you know how important it is to make something you can be sure they will eat. Sometimes it is hard to want to try new recipes if you aren’t sure everyone in the family will eat it.

Luckily, this recipe was a winner all around.

Personally, I love making baked dishes because while the food is baking in the oven, I can do something else productive (like doing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen up) rather than just standing over the stove. Then, when the meal is ready, my kitchen is basically clean and after-meal clean up is so much faster.

Slice of taco pie with ground beef, beans, pepper, and corn with cheese and baked in a pie crust and topped with guacamole and tomatoes on a white plate and a tan an red napkin with taco pie in the and bowl of guacamole in the background.

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You don’t need too many fancy tools to make this recipe. Pie plate (this one is adorable), rolling pin (if making homemade pie dough), skillet, knives, and cutting board. If you use store-bought pie dough that is already molded into a disposable dish, then that is one less thing you need, and hey, it makes clean up so much easier.

Taco Pie Toppings

  • Salsa
  • Sliced black olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Guacamole
  • Green onions and or/cilantro
  • Squeeze of lime or some lime zest
  • Lettuce or finely shredded cabbage

Pie Crust Options

There are a few different options for pie crusts. You can use your favorite store-bought pie crust that is already made into pie shell, or just the pie dough sheets that you have to place into a pie plate yourself. If you need a gluten-free pie crust, then try this recipe for gluten-free pie crust, or there are many great gluten-free store-bought options available these days. You could also make this taco pie with crescent rolls.

Tips For Making Taco Pie

  • Use your favorite salsa. I chose to use a mild green salsa
  • If you like it extra spicy, add your favorite hot sauce.
  • If beans aren’t your thing, just leave them out and add extra corn.
  • For extra crunch, top with crushed tortilla chips.
  • Make the filling ahead of time and store in the fridge to make this pie even faster. You may have to bake it a tad longer.

Need more Mexican recipe inspiration? Try some of my favorites:

How To Make Taco Pie

Make your favorite pie crust (store-bought or homemade) according to directions.

In a skillet, brown ground beef with onions and drain any extra liquid.

Taco pie filling - ground beef, corn, onions, peppers, beans and seasonings in a pie crust sitting on top of the oven.

Add corn, beans, peppers, salsa, taco seasoning, and salt to ground beef and onions. Pour mixture into pre-baked pie crust.

Pie shell with taco filling and covered in cheese on top of the stove.

Top with cheese and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until pie is bubbling and cheese starts to turn golden in color.

Allow to cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve with your favorite taco toppings.

Slice of taco pie with ground beef, beans, pepper, and corn with cheese and baked in a pie crust and topped with guacamole and tomatoes on a white plate and a tan an red napkin.

Taco Pie Recipe

Homemade taco pie is an easy weeknight meal filled with your favorite Mexican flavors baked into a buttery and flaky pie crust.

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Taco Pie

Taco pie is perfectly seasoned meat layered with all your favorite taco toppings, then baked in a pie crust for a comforting weeknight meal. Your family will devour this easy taco pie recipe made from simple ingredients that comes together quickly.

Course Appetizer, Dinner
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword taco pie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jenny Melrose

Ingredients

  • 1 pie crust baked according to instructions
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup beans I like black beans
  • 1 pepper diced
  • 2-3 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • toppings see options for toppings above
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Make pie crust according to package instructions.

  2. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and cook onions. Drain any extra liquid out.

  3. Add in salsa, frozen corn, beans, diced pepper, taco seasoning, and salt to taste. Cook for 2-3 minutes. 

  4. Pour taco mixture into pre-baked pie crust. Top with cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes until cheese starts to golden.

  5. Allow to cook for a few minutes, slice and serve with your favorite toppings.

Recipe Notes

See pie dough variations above - including a gluten-free option. 

If you are gluten-free, make sure the taco seasoning you choose is also gluten-free, as many times they aren't.

Have you tried making a taco pie? What are your favorite taco toppings?

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