I Know I Can Do This Better…

by on September 15th, 2012
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Daily I snap photos of my lunches and post them on Instagram, most of the time I blog with them as well but not always. You can find a link to my Instagram account over there in the side bar (follow me)! If you want to see more lunches check me out over there.

So Thursday I made taco pie, a family favorite and it always leaves enough leftovers for grownup lunches the next day! Yay! Now I am always happy to share my recipes and somebody did ask me for the taco pie recipe after seeing it on Instagram- you know who you are :) ! So here I am to oblige but first a confession. I did not actually “make” very much abut that taco pie. The crust was pre-made, the taco seasoning from a packet and the cheese was purchased already shredded so it was sort of a “cheat” dinner. A busy mom’s delight. This is something that is relatively easy for me to get to the table.

You know what ? I know I can do this better. So for starters I am going to eliminate the packaged taco seasoning mix and make my own! I did a bunch of research on what goes into taco seasoning and it turns out I had most of the ingredients already in my cabinet and none of them have words I can’t pronounce in it. Imagine that! So after viewing 5 or 6 suggested recipes I decided on one I liked and tweaked it a bit. Normally I would always credit my inspiration but I am going to be honest with you. All the recipes I viewed appeared pretty similar and whose to say who the original creator was. I tell you what, it is was probably done a very very long time ago before blogs.

The picture at the top of the post illustrates my efforts and here are the ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup dried minced onion
  • 3 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper (or more based on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch (to act as a thickener)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed oregano

I threw everything in the food processor for a few seconds and bingo, done! I’ve stored it in an air tight container until ready for use. The whole process start to finish was less then 5 minutes. Easy peasy! Now don’t you feel bad for using a packet? I know I do.

To assemble your taco pie:

  • In a pie pan (I used a glass one) press in one can of refrigerated crescent dough (ok that is still a cheat but you COULD make your own)
  • Next break up a few handfuls of tortilla chips until the bottom of the pie is covered (I used sweet potato tortilla chips)
  • Then layer in your taco beef (1 pound ground beef cooked (and drained) with diced onion & taco seasoning)
  • Finally cover the top of the pie with a thick coating of shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Pop the pie in a 375 degree over for about 15-18 minutes (until bottom looks cooked/browned)
  • Serve with the usual taco fixings

Here is the pie making an appearance in my grownup lunches (Easylunchboxes container) on Friday:

  • Taco Pie (one slice)
  • Salsa & sourcream in mini dipper container
  • Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Strawberries
  • Heart shaped energy bar (homemade)

I hope you give it a try! I’ll let you know how we like when I make it next time with my homemade taco seasoning!

Sincerely,

Deb

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