Meat And Vegetarian Taco Pies

September 29, 2017


Vegetarian And Meat Taco Pie Recipes

Every time I share a recipe, I feel the need to state, for the record, that I am not a cook. At all. I actually hate cooking, especially when I am cooking for meat eaters, vegetarians and the occasional vegan. Nothing is easy, there's a lot of thought involved, a lot of modifications and a lot of mess. I would rather make a bed, do laundry or clean a toilet than prepare a meal.

And I'm not even remotely kidding.

When I was little I envisioned myself cooking all the time.

I could see myself, meandering around the market picking out produce, me with a frilly apron prancing around the kitchen and then presenting a fabulous meal to my family, all of whom were gathered around the table with grateful smiles.

Unfortunately, that is not usually how it plays out today.

That is a scene from an episode of The Donna Reed Show. My reality usually involves a rushed trip in and out of the grocery store where I inevitably forget a key ingredient, me with my coat on stumbling around the kitchen as I prepare half a meal before I have to run out and grab someone from somewhere and then return home to finish it and throw it in the fridge for people to pick at whenever their own day is done.

And then I get to clean up.

So yeah. Not a fan of cooking.

However, we do need to eat...and I know that everyone else does, too. I also know that my crazy schedule is not unique and that is why I continue to share recipes. Especially when I come across one that is super easy to make and that everyone enjoys, because trust me, nothing is worse than going through that process to hear "I'm not hungry".

You know what "I'm not hungry means"? It means this sucks and I'd rather have pizza.

I don't have time or patience for that kind of response and I know you don't either.

So today I'm going to share my latest success. It's two versions of an easy taco pie ~ one with meat, one without.

I have to say, they were both so delicious, that people were claiming leftovers in our family group chat and hiding them in the fridge. Very worth the time.

Now, obviously these are not original recipes. I got the idea for the meat taco pie online. I basically winged it when it came to the vegetarian version and I doctored both of them to fit my family's taste, like they don't like taco mix, or anything too spicy, so I made them without. I suggest you tailor the recipes to your own taste and if that includes taco mix, have at it.

Here's what I did.

Meat Taco Pie

Ingredients:

Frozen Pie Shell
1 Pound Chopped Meat
Onions or Onion Flakes
1 Can Refried Beans
White and Orange Cheddar Cheese ~ Shredded
Chopped Iceberg Lettuce
Chopped Tomatoes
Black Olives
Sour Cream

Preheat the over to 350 degree and take the pie crust out of the freezer, let it sit. In the meantime, brown the ground beef, stirring in the onions. Drain meat if there's fat. I usually use sirloin, because I don't like the fat.

Line the bottom on the pie crust with refried beans. I scooped them right out of the can and spread them in the crust.

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Pour in the cooked meat in next, shred white and yellow cheddar cheese on top. I shred it myself, I don't like the pre-shredded stuff. It generally has anti caking agents in it and I say no.

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Bake for about 15- 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and add chopped lettuce, tomatoes, olives and sour cream. Serve!

Vegetarian Black Bean Taco Pie

Ingredients:

Frozen Pie Shell
1 Can Black Beans
1/2 Green Pepper
Olive Oil
Onions or Onion Flakes
1 Can Refried Beans
White and Orange Cheddar Cheese ~ Shredded
Chopped Iceberg Lettuce
Chopped Tomatoes
Black Olives
Sour Cream

Preheat the over to 350 degree and take the pie crust out of the freezer, let it sit. In the meantime, put olive oil in bottom of pan, add black beans, onions and green pepper. Simmer until beans soften, about 7-10 minutes.

The rest of the process is the same as above.

Line the bottom on the pie crust with refried beans. Again, scooped cold, right out of the can. Pour in the bean mixture in next, shred white and yellow cheddar cheese on top...unless your vegetarian is also a vegan, then skip the cheese.

Bake for about 15- 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and add chopped lettuce, tomatoes, olives and sour cream. Serve!

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Not a food blogger, so my food pictures are not appetizing, but at least this time I remembered to take a finished shot. And trust me, it was not easy. I basically had to grab the plate back after serving and there was a bit of struggle.

That's ok though, it means the food was good.

Nights like that almost make me want to cook again.

Almost.

***Before you go I wanted to announce the winner of the vintage tartlet tins ~ Congratulations Marilyn from MountainTop Spice!

Thanks to all who entered and keep your eyes open for another giveaway soon. My sister picked up a charming Christmas Crafting Book at a yard sale that will be up for grabs soon...after all, it is crafting season!***



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36 comments:

  1. like Katie said to Hubble ... "i love the way you write!" LOL
    and I also love the way you cook. because it's the same way I do.
    I will actually try this. that is my biggest compliment! XO♥

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    1. Tammy, that IS the biggest compliment...because that's exactly why I blog, to inspire. So thank you my friend. ❤️

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  2. You forgot the pearls Kim. You know from the Donna Reed Show? Prancing around in a frilly apron with high heels and pearls on? Haha...my vision too, but I also hate to cook, so I'm right with you girl! However, I MIGHT make an exception with this recipe. I must admit, it does look good. Hubby would love it, that's for sure.

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    1. Florence, you're so funny! You know I almost mentioned the heels and pearls! And the poofy crinoline! And I say try it, it was done (and gone) in a flash!

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  3. Mmmmm! Must try this! I am so like you when it comes to cooking Kim!

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    1. Glad to hear I'm not alone, Vel! And this one was a crowd pleaser!

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  4. Kim,
    Oh my gosh yummmmm! I hate to cook big meals for just Terry and I and we love Mexican and who doesn't love crust under your taco stuff lol! This is a winner in my kitchen. Think I will try this one out. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. The crust was the best part, Kris...especially since all I had to do was defrost it! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. You had me cracking UP! NO, I would never want to clean the bathroom over cooking, LOL! :)

    What is funny to me is that my youngest son just brought a stromboli to me the other day from a local bar / restaurant. Stromboli is usually an Italian dish. This one was a TACO stromboli and I had it for lunch today : )

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    1. I'll clean your bathroom Deb, if you send me home with a meal! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I think there's taco everything today!! I bet it was good...

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  6. I'm going to have to do some cooking, and I don't like it either! But I do love Mexican food. The way I look at it, you do all that cooking, and then it's gone. Nothing to show for it but dirty dishes!
    Brenda

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    1. That's exactly how I feel, Brenda! At least when I complete a craft it stays done! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. We are huge taco fans here so this fits in great for us. My problem recently is having something quick and easy and half way good to eat before someone has to run out the door!

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    1. Same problem here, AnnMarie! It's amazing how life has become so hurried that we don't have time to eat.

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  8. I do like to cook . . .
    and I like creating, inviting friends in for dinner . . .
    I agree with you though . . . cleaning up can be daunting.
    The Taco pies look good, sound easy enough . . . both meat and non . . .
    Thanks for the recipes . . .
    Yes . . . don't forget your pearls!

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    1. Yes, the pearls! They make every meal taste better, don't they? At least they should! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. I'm so glad Marilyn won! You can bet she'll put them to good use!

    This dish looks so good! And these are the kind of meals I fix if my husband is not home for supper because he can't eat dairy and we all know that almost nothing is good that doesn't have dairy in it. And I don't like any of his dairy free products. I went through my appetizer file the other night trying to find something we both could eat and I found 3 recipes that didn't have dairy in them, 3.

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    1. Dairy is hard to avoid. I totally get it...I have been trying to do this for our dairy free and vegan people and it's not easy and I agree with you. The dairy free stuff is not good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  10. I love all-in-one dishes, less stuff to clean up, and these look super good. I think I'll try the meaty one first. But I have some broccoli and I thing it could go into the veggie one. Decisions, decisions.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Mmmm...lots of choices, Amalia...but they all sound good! xo

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  11. When I initially commented I clicked the "Notify me when new comments are added" checkbox and now each time a comment
    is added I get four e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service?
    Bless you!

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    1. Hi there. I have done this too and it gets very tiresome very quickly! I know! Unfortunately, I do not have the ability to undo it, but I believe you do. I think if you go back to the post you commented on and unclick the box, it should stop. Otherwise, when the comments stop coming in, it will stop. That should happen quickly, there's usually a flurry of activity in the first days after a post and then it stops as people move on to the next post. I am so sorry that happened...like I said, been there. Hope this helps!

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  12. You know when they're hiding leftovers in the fridge, it's a real winner! Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know! That's always music to my ears...the fighting over however is not. I should probably just make more!

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  13. We like taco pie. I usually don't even bother with a crust and call it layered taco dip! Then we use tortilla chips and dig in! Easy and everyone loves it!

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    1. That sounds really good, Deanna!

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  14. You know I'm the opposite - I love to cook. Well, not always...I have to be in the mood. And no aprons for me. ;-) But I'm glad you found a dish that you didn't mind making and that your family actually likes. I'm lucky that my husband and son aren't picky.

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    1. I envy those who enjoy cooking...it looks like a fun process, but I just can never get into it. Eating however, well that's a different story!

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  15. You made me laugh saying you prefer to clean the toilet than cook!! :) Hey, that taco pie looks pretty darn good! It looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I must say that I don't like to cook all the time but sometimes it's fun.

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    1. I guess that shows you how much I really hate cooking, Angela...because no one really likes cleaning a toilet! ๐Ÿ˜‰Well, no one I know!

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  16. Ha! I enjoy cooking. I think your taco pie looks tasty and I will pin your recipe and give it a try on my crew.
    xx oo
    Carla

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    1. Let me know how you like it, Carla! xoxo

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  17. Hi Kim, oh wow these taco pies looks and sound so good and delicious. I really like to make easy meals like this that tastes great. Thanks for this recipe and I want to make this really soon.
    Julie

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    1. Thanks Julie! I hope you enjoy it...it was pretty good!

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  18. They both look very good, Kim. In our family, one grandchild is vegetarian and will eat and drink milk products, and one who is strict vegan, so we couldn't even add the cheese and sour cream to that taco pie. Oh, and she would not eat the crust either incase it contained butter. Fortunately, I don't have the fun of feeding the grands very often. I think Hubby and I are definitely carnivores, but I do make an occasional meatless meal. You just do what you have to, right?

    Hugs, Carol

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    1. It certainly makes meal time interesting, doesn’t it, Carol? I can’t imagine my mom doing any of this when I was growing up. It was one meal…eat it or leave it. Your choice. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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