This is the "pie" I made on Pi(e) Day, March 14th. My husband and I are eating low carb, so my pie options were of the savory sort, pretty much taco pie or cheeseburger pie. My husband loves the cheeseburger pie I tried once, but I was pretty "meh" about it. I was eager to try this taco pie recipe again though, because it didn't turn out so well the first time I made it. I got the recipe from All Day I Dream About Food. The directions do not say to mix the meat with the egg mixture. So the first time I made it, it ended up with only meat on the bottom and only fluffy eggs on top. And the meat part was watery. It was kind of weird; like a fluffy omelet on top of taco meat. But I decided to try it again, making a few tweaks. This time I found success. Here's how I made it.
1 lb. ground beef
2 tbsp taco seasoning
1 cup heavy cream
1.5 oz. queso fresco, crumbled (optional)
1 cup shredded cheese
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9” pie plate with baking spray.
Brown ground beef in a medium skillet. Drain, if necessary. Add taco seasoning and stir well.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs. Add the cream and mix well. Add the queso fresco, if using. When beef is done, stir it into the egg mixture. Pour it into the pie plate and top with the shredded cheese.
Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes. Remove and let cool at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.
Makes 8 servings.
Mixing the meat into the egg mixture makes a huge difference. And I did not add water to the taco meat; not sure what the point of that is. I also added some queso fresco just because . . . why not? :)
This was a huge hit with my family. It's tasty on its own, but I love how you can add whatever your favorite Mexican condiments are. Sour cream, guacamole, and some fresh salsa was my favorite. My husband used taco sauce and sour cream. My five-year-old just did sour cream. Lots of sour cream. I swear, that girl is making up for all the years she couldn't have dairy!
This is easy to throw together on a busy weeknight. And the leftovers reheat well, if you have any.
Even though this is low carb, the carb-eaters in your household will love it too. You can serve it with rice or tortilla chips.
I will have to work on tweaking the cheeseburger pie recipe so I like it as much as this one.
I just remembered that I have some ground beef in the fridge that I need to use up. Totally making this again for dinner tonight!