My mom, as I have mentioned before, is a wonderful cook. She was born and raised in Southern California and so she could make some tasty Mexican dishes. In Pennsylvania, when I was growing up, avocados were unheard of and no one used shredded beef. So until we moved out here, Mom had to adapt some of the dishes to fit what was available in our small steel town. Hence, ground beef instead of shredded beef. I had never seen an avocado until we moved out here. And then when I saw a pasty plop of it on top of my first ever California Mexican food, I was disgusted and wouldn’t eat. Oh, what a naïve fool I was. I love avocados so much that I can just eat them with a spoon right out of the skin. But I digress, again. She made a fantastic tamale pie. (I think she and my aunt, her sister, shared the same yummy recipe.) Mom also made something I want to share with you today. It is called “Impossible Taco Pie”. Quick and not too hard at all to make. Tasty to boot. Try it. You’ll like it.
1 pound ground beef (We use turkey.) ½ cup chopped onion
1 package (1 ¼ ozs.) taco seasoning mix 1 ¼ cups milk
1can (4 ozs.) chopped green chiles, mild, drained 3 eggs
¾ cup Bisquick Baking Mix 2 tomatoes, sliced
1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Longhorn cheese (I always go a little heavy on the cheese.)
Heat oven to 400’ F. Grease a 10” pie plate – deep dish depth. Cook and stir beef and onion until brown then drain. Stir in the seasoning mix. Spread in plate and tip with the chilies. Beat milk, baking mix, and eggs until smooth; 15 seconds on high in a blender or 1 minute with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake for 25 minutes. Top with tomatoes and cheese. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes longer. The taco pie is done when a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes. Serve with any or all of the following items if desired: sour cream, chopped tomatoes, shredded lettuce, shredded cheese, salsa. Makes 8 servings. (To save a few calories and fat grams you can use light sour cream and low fat cheese. The dish will be just as good.)