TV Debut Taco Pie

This year I celebrated my 41st year of cooking on TV when I returned to celebrate WBTV’s 70th anniversary. The recipe I made that debut day was Taco Pie. I looked like a baby deer in headlights through the whole thing, but I, and this easy, delicious recipe, are still around. I have updated both of us a bit. Here we are!

This easy recipe is perfect for busy fall days.


1 refrigerated pie crust (unroll kind)

1/2 cups crushed corn chips (for crust)

3 tablespoons melted butter (for crust)

1 pound ground beef

1 package taco seasoning mix

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup sliced olives

1 cup sour cream

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/4 cup crushed corn chips

Garnish: shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, chopped cilantro, chopped peppers


  1. Unroll pie crust and place in 9-inch or 10-inch pie plate. Spread with 1/2 cup crushed corn chips.

  2. Brown the ground beef. Stir in seasoning mix, water and olives. Stir a couple of minutes for seasoning and water to blend and evaporate slightly. 

  3. Spread the meat mixture into the crust. Spread with sour cream. Top with grated cheese. Bake at 375 F for 20–25 minutes.

  4. Garnish with lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro and chopped peppers.

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