Do you ever find yourself wishing that every day could be Taco Tuesday? I do too. But there’s nothing stopping us. We’re all adults here, and we can have taco night every night of the week if we want. But that doesn’t mean we always have to do it the same way. There are taco casseroles and taco lasagnas and taco skillets out there to explore, but this Layered Taco Pie is a great place to start when it comes to taco alternatives. It’s full of meaty and cheesy layers but only takes a few ingredients to put together to satisfy that taco craving.
What you’re doing here is making a sky-high, sliceable, layered taco, more or less. You build it layer by layer in a springform pan so it’s easy to remove whole at the end and slice and serve. You start with a basic flour tortilla… burrito size, please.
And then you brown up some ground beef and mix it with taco seasoning and refried beans before spreading some of the mixture onto the tortilla.
You top it with some cheese…
and then repeat and repeat and repeat.
The top layer is finished off with a little more cheese before the whole thing heads into the oven to bake. As it does, the edges get a little crispy, the cheese gets warm and melty, and everything comes together as one united tortilla pie.
You slice it into triangles, and each layer is filled with hearty beef and beans, and plenty of ooey-gooey cheese. But here’s the best part – you still get to top it however you like. A little lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream wouldn’t be amiss on the top of a slice of this. It’s a different way to get your taco fix in, sure, but it’s every bit as delicious.
Layered Taco Pie
30 minutes to prepare serves 4
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 (16 oz) can refried beans
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 8-inch flour tortillas
- 2 cups Mexican cheese, grated
- For topping:
- Sour cream
- Black olives
- Iceberg lettuce, chopped
- Tomatoes, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 8-inch springform pan with nonstick spray.
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain, if needed. Add in the refried beans, taco seasoning, and water, and simmer until most liquid has absorbed, about 5 minutes.
- Line the bottom of the prepared pan with a tortilla. Spread 1/5 of the beef mixture evenly over the tortilla and top with 1/4 cup of the cheese. Repeat layers - tortilla, beef, cheese - ending with a tortilla on top.
- Sprinkle remaining cheese over the top and bake until cheese is melted and golden brown, about 20 minutes.
- Let cool 5 minutes before slicing and serving. Serve with toppings if desired. Enjoy!
Recipe adapted from The Country Cook.