Taco Pot Pie

Taco Pot Pie – individual tacos served in a bread bowl. Taco Tuesday has never been so fun! Ground beef, taco seasoning, salsa, black beans, corn kernels, and cheese baked in ramekins and topped pizza crust. Can customize the meat filling to each family member’s tastes. Top the baked pies with your favorite taco toppings – lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and cheese. Add these to your menu ASAP! You won’t regret it!

Originally posted September 6, 2011

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Tacos in a Bread Bowl

These Taco Pot Pies have been on repeat at our house. OMG – these are super yummy and a lot of fun to eat. Unlike traditional pot pies that use pie crust, this pot pie uses pizza dough. I also ditched the pie pan and made these in individual ramekins. Taco meat, black beans, corn, and cheese baked in ramekins and topped pizza crust. SO fun! Since these are individual servings, you can customize the filling to fit each family member’s taste. Have someone that doesn’t like black beans, substitute pinto beans. Not a fan of corn, swap it for some zucchini or tomatoes. Get creative! Taco Tuesday has never been so fun!

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How to Make Taco Pot Pie

These pot pies are super simple to make with only a few ingredients. To make the filling, Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain the fat. Add water, salsa, and taco seasoning mix. Simmer until the liquid has been absorbed. Stir in black beans and corn kernels. Remove from heat and set aside. 

To assemble the pot pies, spray 4 large ramekins with cooking spray. Make sure to spray around the top edge of the ramekin. Divide the ground beef mixture between the ramekins. Top the meat with cheese slices. Open a can of refrigerated pizza dough. Cut it into 4 rectangles. Stretch one rectangle of dough across the top and let hang over the edge of a ramekin. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the pot pies on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until the pizza dough is golden brown. To serve, place the ramekins crust side down on a plate and remove the ramekin to serve the tacos in the bread bowl.

Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for ground beef.
  • Feel free to add extra or different vegetables to the ground beef mixture. Onions, peppers, yellow peppers, green chiles, Rotel tomatoes, olives – anything goes! If using onions and peppers, sauté them with the ground beef until tender.
  • I use a can of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • You can use cheese slices or grated/shredded cheese. I use cheddar cheese, but feel free to use any cheese that you enjoy. You will need approximately one cup of cheese for this recipe.
  • If the edges of the pizza crust start to get too brown, cover edge of crust with strips of foil during the final minutes of baking. 
  • I used four large 12-ounce porcelain ramekins. Feel free to use six 8-ounce ramekins and cut the pizza dough into six rectangles.
  • Can Taco Pie Pie be made in advance? Yes! You can cook the ground beef mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and bake the pies.
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What to Serve with Ground Beef Tacos

We topped the pot pies with our favorite taco toppings –  lettuce, tomato, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of shredded cheese. This is also great with a drizzle of taco sauce, some crushed-up tortilla chips, guacamole, and salsa. Serve the tacos with some Mexican rice or a salad. This is a fun twist to our usual taco night. Add this easy Mexican recipe to your menu ASAP!

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Taco Pot Pies

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Taco Pot Pie – individual tacos served in a bread bowl. Taco Tuesday has never been so fun! Ground beef, taco seasoning, salsa, black beans, corn kernels, and cheese baked in ramekins and topped pizza crust. Can customize the meat filling to each family member's tastes. Top the baked pies with your favorite taco toppings – lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, and cheese. Add these to your menu ASAP! You won't regret it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz) packet taco seasoning
  • cup water
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 (15-oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 4 (1-oz) cheddar cheese slices
  • 1 (13.8-oz) can refrigerated pizza dough

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Spray ramekins with cooking spray, making sure to spay the top outside rim. Set aside.
  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef.  Drain fat and return meat to skillet. Add taco seasoning, water and salsa. Simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in black beans and corn.
  • Divide taco meat between the ramekins. Top with a slice of cheese.
  • Cut the pizza dough into four rectangles. Stretch the dough across the top and let hang over the edge.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the dough is golden. Invert each pot pie onto a plate and lift off the ramekin.

Notes:

  • Can substitute ground turkey or ground chicken for ground beef.
  • Feel free to add extra or different vegetables to the ground beef mixture. Onions, peppers, yellow peppers, green chiles, Rotel tomatoes, olives – anything goes! If using onions and peppers, sauté them with the ground beef until tender.
  • I use a can of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza dough.
  • Here is our recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper: https://www.plainchicken.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/
  • You can use cheese slices or grated/shredded cheese. I use cheddar cheese, but feel free to use any cheese that you enjoy. You will need approximately one cup of cheese for this recipe.
  • If the edges of the pizza crust start to get too brown, cover the edge of crust with strips of foil during the final minutes of baking. 
  • I used four large 12-ounce porcelain ramekins. Feel free to use six 8-ounce ramekins and cut the pizza dough into six rectangles.
  • Can Taco Pie Pie be made in advance? Yes! You can cook the ground beef mixture ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble and bake the pies.

Steph

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  1. I can’t figure out exactly how to make the bowls from the pizza dough, as I am seeing the finished product inside the ramekin in one photo and without in another.

  2. I guess it doesn't really matter but mozzarella is not in the ingredient list. The recipe sounds very tasty.

  3. I live in West Texas where the Tex-Mex food abounds and this looks amazing. I have always used flour or corn tortillas but this pizza dough sounds great. Thanks!
    O, and I just signed up to follow you to the ends of the earth for all your great recipes. :))
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    xo bj

  4. Okay… I had to think there for a second, but I see now. You make it with crust on top, then flip & voila… the bowl is on bottom. Love this idea!

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