Thanksgiving was over a week ago. However, as noted by Meatwad the Aqua Teen’s “don’t usually celebrate. We ain’t American yet, till we pass that dumb test.” And since I’m not American either (and I hate tests of all kinds) this seemed appropriate. Also (again, probably because I’m not American) I have never in my life heard of Taco Pie until watching this episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
As far as I can tell, taco pie is essentially a pie shell filled with meat (usually ground beef), cheese and beans and then all baked together. It also seems to be sort of like the “cousin” to the Frito pie which is exactly as just described but with frito chips as the pie base. Then you top either concoction with things like lettuce, tomatoes, chilis, avocado and, probably, more cheese. The lettuce and tomatoes make it healthy!
Now, meatwad describes his pie as such: “We got a bunch of tacos we smushed up with a hammer with crackers on top.” And he later states “I added food coloring, cause it’s a holiday. But it turned black because I added all the food coloring I had.” Now the images from the episode certainly show a taco pie with black colored filling, but the items on top are clearly taco shells and not crackers. What’s a non-American to do?
- 1 pie shell
- 500 grams ground beef
- 1 jalapeno
- 1/2 onion
- Lots of shredded cheese
- 1 can of refried beans
- 2 hard taco shells
- All the food coloring you have (optional)
Blind bake your pie shell according to the box instructions. On a low heat, warm up the canned refried beans. Meanwhile, fry onion until translucent, then add jalapeno and cook for several minutes. Next, brown the ground beef and drain off any excess fat – don’t want a soggy bottom pie! Layer the beef, followed by cheese and finally the beans. Bake at 325F for 5 minutes. Top with hard shell tacos for maximum effect, plus it tastes good.
Or you COULD mix up a small slice with all your food coloring and get this atrocity…
Yeah, yeah. I’m not about to destroy my delicious taco pie and delicious food coloring to create the whole damn accurate pie. This experimental piece proves that Meatwad’s recipe works as described. As for the regular pie, it was actually very tasty. I wouldn’t make this very often since it’s basically terrible for you, but I would make it again.
Cromulence: 7 Hustlin Tom Turkeys out of 10
Taco Pie from: Aqua Team Hunger Force (Season 2 – Episode 21)