Taco pie …

 

I saw a picture of a taco pie the other day on somebody’s tumblr and thought “wow, that looks pretty good” so i clicked through to end up at a pinterest board which just looped back to other pinterest boards and after being pinterested to death I still couldn’t find a recipe for the damn thing.

So, I started experimenting – and this is what i have come up with as my version of a taco pie.

INGREDIENTS:

For the crust:
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups masa harina
  • 1 tablespoon of dripping
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Filling:

  • olive oil
  • 1 small finely diced brown onion
  • 1 fine chopped garlic clove
  • 2 pinches of cumin
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 400 grams of minced beef
  • Taco or chili seasoning mix
  • 1 tablespoon of flour

For the toppings:

  • Jalapeño Slices
  • Avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
  • Some lemon or lime juice
  • pinch of coarse salt
  • pinch white pepper
  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1/2 ripe tomato, seeds and pulp removed, chopped
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Sour cream

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 200*C

For the crust:
  • Use a medium saucepan to combine the water, masa harina, dripping and salt over medium heat.
  • Whisk constantly until very thick (I’m guessing about 5-6 minutes) until it is the consistency of soft dough
  • Press the dough into an oiled pie plate or springform pan.
  • Blind bake the crust until firm, about 30 minutes @ 180*C
For the Filling:
  • Heat the oil and add the onion, garlic, cumin and oregano.
  • Cook until translucent and fragrant (under a minute usually)
  • Add the black beans and cook until heated through (another minute) and then set the mixture aside in a bowl
  • Wipe out the pan with a paper towel and set it over medium heat.
  • Sauté the ground beef until the meat is cooked through (about 5-6 minutes)
  • Drain the grease from the pan and add the sifted flour and chili seasoning
  • Stir to combine well and add a glass of water, then reduce the liquid back down.
  • The crust should be firm by now, so spread the beans across the bottom of the crust and then the meat mixture over the beans
  • Top the surface of the meat layer with the sliced jalapeño peppers and return to oven for ~10 minutes
For the toppings:
  • Make up some guacamole by mashing the avocado and mixing in the minced onion and tomato, add the salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste.
  • Remove the pie from the oven and allow it to cool down to a comfortable warm temperature.
  • Spread the guacamole over the top of the jalapeños and then garnish the pie with lettuce and shredded cheese. Maybe top the pie with a dollop of sour cream in the center.
  • Serve a refreshing salad of tomatoes, capsicum, mint and macadamia nut oil alongside.

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