Finding foods that little ones like, and want to eat, can be a challenge for any parent. Add in a food allergy (sometimes multiple ones) and it can often feel down right impossible.
Months ago I decided to see if Nick would like taco meat. I was desperate to get him to eat something new. I put a little of the seasoned meat in a bowl and then I put some cheese on top. He loved it! In fact I had to get him more. Then I decided to take the meal up a level. I made a taco pie. Now I love taco pie, but Jason doesn’t, so it’s been one of those meals that I’ve been waiting on kids for so I would have someone to eat it with me. Luckily for me Nick liked it as well. I wouldn’t say its his favorite meal, but he’ll eat it every once in awhile. At least it’s a change.
Taco pie is really easy to make. You can make your own pie crust, but I prefer to speed things up by using a Pillsbury crust (one of the rolled ones in the red box). I am a huge fan of Pillsbury because most of their items are egg free. This recipe is also easy to modify. I am allergic to citric acid, so I omit the salsa when I make it.
1 pie crust -cooked and cooled
1 lb ground beef
1 package taco seasoning (I use 1/2 a package for less spice)
1 can refried beans
1 jar salsa
2 cups cheese (I use Colby-jack, but use what you like best)
Nacho chips crushed
Bake pie crust.
Brown the meat and drain. Then add the taco mix and water as instructed on the seasoning package. Cook and set aside.
Mix the refried beans with 1/2 a jar of salsa.
Layer the pie crust with 1/2 of the refried bean mixture, 1/2 of the meat mixture, and 1/2 of the cheese. Then repeat.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
Top with remaining salsa, sour cream, and chips to taste.