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.
- 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
Preheat the oven to 200*C
- 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
- 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
- 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.