Here is one of the two taco pies it takes to feed our family, and there is usually a piece or two left over. We make one with refried beans and one without. However, that may be changing as everyone, even the picky one, likes the bean one better.
We use homemade tortillas. These are so delicious, so easy and so
cheep frugal. If you aren't making your own tortillas you really should give it a try. Here is our simple yet tasty recipe:
- 1 1/2 cup white flour
- 1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 cup lukewarm water
Mix the first four ingredients in a bowl. Cut the butter in with a pastry cutter or two knives. Mix in the water until a soft dough forms. Knead just a few times. Divide into balls, the number will depend on the size tortillas you want. We usually make about 10. Roll out each ball on a floured surface. It takes a little practice to get them thin enough and round, but once again it is worth it. Cook on a hot skillet, we use cast iron, for about 30-45 seconds on each side. That's it. Be warned: you may want to make a few extra or get used to making them often.
Once you have your tortillas, taco pie is quick. In a pie plate layer a tortilla, taco meat, refried beans (if you are using them) a little shredded cheese, repeat for two more layers. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Slice and serve with all the fixings.Tomatoes, lettuce and salsa from the garden help top this frugal meal. Too bad I can't grow olives here in New Hampshire. They are a family favorite.
HINT: Making your own taco seasoning is frugal and healthy. All the flavor with none of the preservatives, dyes or fillers. If you don't want to make your own and are local you can purchase our taco seasoning as well as many other seasonings, baked goods, soaps and handmade items at the Jackson Farmer's Market, Saturdays 9-1. Hope to see you there.