Wednesday, September 19

what's for dinner tonight

Tex-Mex Pie

1/4 lb natural ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 can pinto beans
taco spices (Lawry's seasoned salt, cumin, paprika to taste)
1 can green chilies
1/2 cup HeartSmart Bisquick
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 chopped tomato (or more)
1/2 cup shredded cheese

Preheat the oven to 400* and spray a 9" pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Brown the beef with the onion, add taco spices. When beef is brown, add pintos. Spread in the bottom of the pie plate. Top with green chilies. Mix Bisquick with milk and egg, pour over the meat and bean mixture. Bake for 25 minutes. Top with cheese and tomatoes, bake an additional 8-10 minutes.

We love this recipe. I adapted it (from a Bisquick book that I bought while in line at Meijer) to stretch our natural beef. The recipe called for a whole pound of meat. You could definitely use turkey, and if using more meat, could omit the beans. When the recipe is doubled it fills a 9 x 13 and goes well at potlucks.


dan and cheryl forbes said...

Sounds yummy! We'll be over.
Hugs, mom

Rachel said...

Hi Jenny,
This sounds like something we would like. My husband loves Mexican food. I have never used Bisquick before - I wonder if I can make my own version...hmm.
I've been able to find all-natural beef at Kroger's when it's marked down for a quick sale. It is very expensive otherwise.
Thanks for the recipe. I will let you know when we try it. BTW - do you smash the pinto beans or put them in whole? I'll make a big pot of pinto beans and freeze some whole (for little Michael and I) and then use my food processor to make "refried beans". My husband will eat the "refried beans" but not the whole ones. I try to tell them that they are the exact same thing only one is smashed up. He's funny about his food and he likes what he likes:). I aim to please so I may end up having to use "refried beans" instead of the whole ones. I like to make/keep my hubby happy:).

TwoMuths said...

Hi Rachel! I usually use whole beans, but I imagine if you put the beef on the bottom you could put smashed beans up on top of that. I'd probably drop them randomly instead of spreading them so that the dough part can filter down. You could also try substituting some cooked rice for the beans, and just add more taco seasonings to make it not as bland.

I wouldn't normally have Bisquick around, either, but I got it on some crazy sale for around 65cents a box, and figured I would just figure out a way to use it! (that's why I picked up the recipe book in the first place!!) I did find a couple of Bisquick substitute recipes -

1 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon shortening

Combine all ingredients and use as a substitution for Bisquick (Baking Mix).


1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/8 cups flour
2 1/2 tablespoons canola oil

Sift together powder and sugar into flour. Sift together twice into large mixing bowl.

Slowly add oil, cutting in with pastry blender (or 2 knives), until mix is consistency of corn meal.

Store in tightly covered container at room temperature or may be
refrigerated. Spoon lightly into cup and level with spatula. Use for pancakes, waffles, biscuits, coffee cake.

Hope that helps! :-)

Rachel said...

Thanks Jenny,
Now all I need to do is make this as I think that I have all of the ingredients on hand. I appreciate your finding the Bisquick recipe substitutes. I'll definitely put this on the our menu in the next week or so and let you know how we like it. How can one go wrong with a dish like this?:)

Alicia said...

Thanks for the bisquick recipe - I never buy the stuff either so I'd need a substitute to try your yummy sounding recipe.