Yes, you read that right. I said Po-Taco Pie. No it’s not a poor version of a taco, it is a pie made with mashed potato as the crust and then filled with all the ingredients of a taco.. Someone referred to it as a Mexican Sheppard’s pie. Whatever works for you.
The name really doesn’t matter because in the end, it just tastes damn good.
We made it for Super Bowl Sunday as it fit with the style of food normally eaten. But really, it is an ideal dish for any day that you feel the need for comfort food.
Oh, we also had a side of guacamole with it. Yeah, that happened.
Easy to make, a dish for all ages and it made a lot of leftovers. So, the perfect dish basically.
It takes anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes if you care that the mash cools or not.
So dads, need an easy recipe the whole family will enjoy? Well here we go, time to get your Po-Taco Pie on.
What you need:
- 3 large white potatoes, peeled.
- a pack of taco seasoning (or make your own).
- 1 lb. of ground beef.
- 1/2 an onion, chopped up.
- 1 tomato.
- sour cream.
What you do:
- Peel and chop the potatoes into chunks and add to boiling water.
- Cook until soft enough to mash. I always go heavy, like 25 minutes.
- While those are cooking, get a pie dish. We used a 9 inch cake pan actually.
- Grease it with some butter.
- Start cooking the ground beef in a skillet, until brown.
- When cooked. Add in the taco seasoning (save a spoonful) with a cup of water.
- Add the onions.
- Let it simmer until most of the water is gone.
- When the potatoes are done. Drain and put into a bowl with milk and butter and that spoonful of taco seasoning.
- Mash it up! Set aside to cool.
- At this point your beef and tators are cooling.
- Grate some cheese, chop the tomatoes and get out the sour cream and salsa.
- When the mash is cool enough to handle, start making your pie crust. Flatten it down good and then form it around the sides. You don’t want any leakage.
- When your crust is formed. Add the beef, then cheese and some salsa (or any other non veggie taco ingredients you like).
- Bake for 35 minutes at 350 F. I actually turned the broiler on for a few minutes at the end just to brown that crust.
- Take it out and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Then sprinkle on the tomatoes, add some lettuce leaves and put a little more salsa on the middle.
- Serve it with a dollop of sour cream and enjoy.
There you have a beautiful Po-Taco Pie the whole family will enjoy.