Taco Hand Pies

Taco Hand Pies

Without knowing beforehand, I put this Taco Hand Pies recipe on the menu for the week that brings us Pi Day. I had put it on the menu for the day after but did a quick switcheroo with my Bean Burgers to be able to enjoy Pi Day with these Taco Hand Pies.

Taco Hand Pies

Despite not eating these on Taco Tuesday, this is an excellent dish for your next Taco Tuesday. The original recipe called for premade pie crust. I decided to make my own (recipe here), which I am very glad I did. (Huge money saver for me!)

At first, I thought the size would be too small using a can to shape the pie dough. It turned out to be the perfect size for me. I didn’t make enough pie dough to use all my filling and froze the extra filling to make at another time.

Taco Hand Pies

These turned out well. I would have like a little something extra with mine. I think more cheese in the filling and salsa for dipping. I found it to be a bit too dry otherwise. The filling flavor tasted good otherwise. I just really like cheese and always want more.

The pies were also the right size to hold and eat. It only took a few bites to devour it, which is what you’re going to want to do, especially if you have salsa on the side. I will obviously be putting this on the menu again as I have frozen filling taking up my freezer. Yum!

Taco Hand Pies

I highly recommend putting this on your menu for a Taco Tuesday. These Taco Hand Pies will not let you or your family down. They’re also a great size for your kiddos or a sports party!

Taco Hand Pies

Taco Hand Pies

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • *3 tsp ground cumin
  • *1 tsp chili powder
  • *1 tsp salt
  • *1/2 tsp garlic
  • *1/4 tsp onion powder
  • *1/4 tsp black pepper
  • (*Or omit the spices and use a packet of premade taco seasoning)
  • 1 can (16oz) pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 packages of double pie crust (total 4 pie crusts)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large frying pan, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink.
  3. Drain grease if there is excess.
  4. Remove from heat and add all of the spices, plus the beans with liquid.
  5. Semi-mash the beans until mixture is a very thick gravy.
  6. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
  7. Stir in cheese and set aside.
  8. Working with one crust at a time, on a lightly floured board, roll out pie crust to about 1/4 inch or less thickness.
  9. Cut into circles (I used the bean can) and top half the circles with about 2 tablespoons of taco filling.
  10. Top with another circle of pie crust and press edges with a fork to seal.
  11. Prick each pie with a knife and brush with beaten egg.
  12. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  13. Repeat with remaining 3 pie crusts.
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