Taco Pie

Taco Pie is what memories are made of. I spent many dinners at my friend’s house in high school, and this was on the menu often (for good reason!). It’s quick, it’s delicious, and it might be the reason she was a bridesmaid in my wedding (just kidding). It’s also what multitasking dreams are made of. Drumroll….

Before we start, some chef’s notes:
1. I try to buy my ground beef as lean as possible. Ground turkey works just as well!
2. I used refried black beans this time. No matter what kind of beans I’m buying, I always look for a can that’s low sodium, fat, etc…
3. You want a type of chip that has some sort of flavor or seasoning (as opposed to tortilla chips or Lay’s). Doritos are awesome, but we like to be a little healthier than that in our house, so I always buy the Baked version.
4. While the pie is cooking, we usually snack on the bean dip that doesn’t make it into the dish. Tastes great with those leftover chips!

What you’ll need:
1 tube crescent rolls (I usually buy reduced fat)
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1/3 cup light sour cream or greek yogurt
1/2-1 cup crumbled chips such as Doritos or Ruffles (I ALWAYS buy the “Baked” version)
Mexican cheese (or something similar), shredded

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How to make it:
1. Preheat oven according to directions on crescent roll tube
2. Brown meat. Drain. Add taco seasoning.
3. While meat is browning, empty can of refried beans, along with sour cream/greek yogurt, into a microwave safe bowl. Heat until warmed up, anywhere between 90 seconds and 3 minutes (the hotter it is, the easier it is to spread in the pan!)
4. While meat and bean mixture are cooking, unwrap your crescent roll tube and pull apart the pieces. Grab a pie dish, and arrange your pieces in a way that covers the bottom of the pan, but leaves the corners hanging over the side of the dish (like a cartoon sun!).
5. Your chips will be the bottom layer of the pie. Sprinkle them evenly over your crescent roll layer.
6. Add your seasoned meat next, spread evenly over the dish.
7. Spoon and spread your bean mixture over the beef, covering completely.
8. Finally, sprinkle cheese evenly over the top. Use a heavy hand if you love your food cheesy!
9. Fold those excess crescent roll corners over the top of your dish, covering as much surface as you can. Bake according to crescent roll packaging, until top is golden brown

EAT! Enjoy with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and your favorite margarita!

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