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Taco Pie

30 minutes
Serves: 12

  • 1 lb 8 oz lean ground beef, no more than 24% fat
  • 1/4 cup taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp salsa
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp water
  • 1-1/2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix
  • 7 flour tortillas, 8"
  • 2 cups lowfat cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef until no signs of pink remain.

2. Drain fat from beef and discard. Return beef to stovetop.

3. Add 1/4 cup taco seasoning mix and 1/2cup water to cooked beef and stir to combine. Simmer for 15 minutes.

4. In a bowl, combine salsa, tomato paste, water and taco seasoning mix.

5. Cut tortillas in halves (14 half-tortillas) and assemble:

Bottom Layer:
In a lightly greas 13" x 9" x 2" baking pan, lay 5 half-tortillas

Spread 1/2 cup of the salsa mixture on top of the tortillas. Distribute 1-1/2 cups of the cooked meat mixture evenly over the salsa. Top with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese

Middle Layer:
Lay 4 half-tortillas on top of the cheese. Repeat as for first layer, using the remainder of the, salsa meat mixture, and cheese.

Top Layer:
Lay 5 half-tortillas on top of the cheese. Spread the remainder of the salsa mixture on top of the tortillas and sprinkle remainder of cheese evenly over top.

6. Cover with foil. Bake for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Allow pie to rest for 5 minuters before portioning. Cut pie into 12 pieces.

Nutrients per serving
1 piece

Calories 268 Saturated fat 4.0 g Iron 3.3 mg

Protein 20 g Cholesterol 44 mg Calcium 141 mg

Carbohydrate 22 mg Vitamin A 114 RE Sodium 345 mg

Total Fat 11.2 g Vitamin C 7 mg Dietary Fiber 2 g


Balance is the key to choosing a lower fat diet. You don't have to give up all high fat foods. It's your average intake over a few days, not a single food or even a single meal that's important. Learn which foods are high in fat and which are low in fat. Eat fewer high fat food choices or eat them less often.


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