Sunday, January 23, 2011

5 Layer Beef Taco Pie

This is yet another recipe I got from the Deen Brothers cookbook, it looked so good I couldn't resist trying it. Tacos are a favorite at our house, and this is basically just tacos....but layered, and with a crunchy layer of baked cheese on top. This is fast and easy, and a great way to put a new spin on plain old tacos. I served this with guacamole and re fried beans and called it a day. This recipe will definitely be making a repeat appearance soon in our kitchen!
You will need:
-1 1/2 cups crushed tortilla chips (I used tostado's scoops)
-1 pound ground beef
-one packet taco seasoning mix (I used Kroger brand-mild)
-1 cup salsa of your choice (I used Clint's Texas Salsa-mild...this is our favorite salsa)
-3/4 cup sour cream
-1 avocado, halved, peeled and cut into cubes
-1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese
*Spray a broiler proof 9 inch deep dish pie plat with non-stick spray. Spread 1 cup of crushed tortilla chips on bottom of pie plate.
*Brown ground beef for 5-7 minutes until no longer pink. Drain drain drippings from the meat.
*Add taco seasoning packet and 2/3 cup water to the meat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Transfer the meat to the pie plate, spreading it on top of chips.
*Preheat your broiler to low
*Spread salsa over the meat, then sour cream over the salsa. Scatter avocado cubes over the sour cream, and the remaining 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips over avocado. Top with the cheddar cheese.
*Broil for 3-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling. ***Make sure to watch the cheese.....I broiled mine for 3 minutes and if hadn't checked it , the cheese would have burned.....I caught it just in time and it turned out perfect!

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