Who loves Taco Tuesdays? We usually have a Mexican or Tex-Mex dish once a week. It's not always on Tuesday, but I digress. Tacos are one of those foods that I could eat multiple times a week and never get tired of them. Lately, hubby and I have set out on a semi-low carb journey. We're not tackling it big time like we did when we followed the South Beach Diet, but we are trying to have mainly low carb breakfasts, lunches, and 4-5 low carb dinners each week. Cutting carbs is hard... I have learned that you really have to have a lot of willpower to do it. Sweets are my downfall- I love them. Bread and pasta, I could definitely skip, especially if I have delicious alternatives.
Tortillas are a no-no on a low carb diet, so we've had to come up with other ways to enjoy tacos. I love taco salad, but my hubby dislikes lettuce, so I had to come up with a way to make tacos in a whole new form so that we'd stay on track. Have you ever heard of taco pie? It's basically a taco meat and cheese quiche. We love quiche, and since we're going low carb, we make quiche without the crust. I thought I'd give the taco pie a whirl to see how we liked it and figured we could add it to our low carb recipe file if we thought it was good.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe:
1 lb Ground beef
1/4 cup Salsa
1 pack Taco seasoning
2/3 cup Heavy cream
1 cup Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
Start by cooking up the ground beef and adding the taco seasoning to the meat.
Don't forget to drain off any excess fat from the cooked meat. We try to always use the leanest beef available. If there's a lot of grease in the meat mixture, it won't look very nice in the taco pie. I use McCormick's Low Sodium Taco Seasoning, which has 3 grams of carbs.
In a mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, heavy cream, salsa, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste, if you like. You can also add chopped onion or green onions.
Add the meat to the egg mixture and stir.
Add mixture to a greased pie dish. I sprayed a canola oil cooking spray on mine. You can also brush lightly with coconut oil.
Add the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese on top. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35-45 minutes.
I baked our taco pie for 40 minutes and it turned out beautifully!
Add lettuce, salsa, sour cream, if you like & enjoy!
I love this dish! The taco pie is so yummy! It's not at all eggy- the eggs simply help bind the taco meat and cheese together. This pie is loaded with taco meat, so if you love tacos, you're going to love this recipe. My hubby liked the dish, too, though I know he'd rather have regular old tacos. I'd give myself an A+ for changing up Taco Tuesday, and doing it in a low carb and gluten free manner. This pie made 8 servings, so I've been eating the leftovers all week for lunch. Lucky me! I can't wait to make this recipe again. It's a keeper!
How do you usually celebrate Taco Tuesdays?
Is this recipe something you'd like to try?