Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Impossibly Easy Taco Pie - Low Carb & Gluten Free

This evening I decided to modify the Bisquick recipe for their Impossible Taco Pie. I recently came across their gluten free version using their gluten-free mix. However, for those of us that are also low carb and trying to stay away from packaged commercial "gluten-free products", that isn't a healthy option for us, so I created my own. Their packaged version contains rice flour, sugar, modified potato starch, etc.

I've been successfully experimenting the last few years with my own low carb take on their "impossible pies" by replacing it with almond flour and some other ingredients instead of Bisquick mix, I decided to go ahead and do the same for their taco pie. It turned out AMAZING and so tasty. It was super easy to make, too. I used my own recipe for taco seasoning, but you can use your own in place of it if you prefer. My version is made with real food and it doesn't contain any wheat, grain, gluten, sugar or additional starches. I topped the taco pie with quartered fresh cherry tomatoes, sliced green onions and sour cream. I served it alongside half of a fresh avocado. This dish would make a perfect weeknight "Cinco de Mayo" meal for next week. Check out my recipe and photos below. Enjoy!









Impossibly Easy Taco Pie

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (I used ground sirloin)
3 sliced green spring onions
1 recipe for Taco Seasoning (recipe below), or 1-ounce package gluten-free taco seasoning
1 4-ounce can diced green chiles, drained
2 large eggs
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup half-and-half or milk
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup blanched almond flour
Pinch salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup diced fresh tomatoes
Optional Garnishes: sour cream, salsa, sliced green onions, sliced olives, avocado, salsa, etc.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly spray or grease a 10-inch glass pie dish and set aside.

Brown ground beef over medium high heat until no pink remains; add sliced green onions and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in taco seasoning. Spoon beef into pie dish and spread out evenly. Top with green chiles.

In a medium bowl, beat eggs with ricotta until creamy. Add half-and-half, baking powder, almond flour and salt, whisking together until smooth. Evenly pour mixture over beef and chiles. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Top with cheese and bake an additional 3 to 4 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with diced tomatoes.  Let sit 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving. Garnish as desired.

*Taco Seasoning Recipe 
  Combine the following:
    2 teaspoons chili powder
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon onion powder
    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1 teaspoon black pepper


         

19 comments:

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

This will be on my table in the "very* near future! Yummm! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

I hope you enjoy it! I'm having a leftover piece for lunch right now and it's as good or better than last night! :-)

Stacy Law said...

I'm not a big fan of ricotta. What would be a good substitute? This looks delish, can't wait to try it!
Thanks

Pam V. said...

I need to tell you I love all of your recipes! I am very anxious to try this one! I look forward to your emails every day!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Stacy,

The ricotta is only in there for thickening purposes -- it can't be tasted at all. Otherwise, the almond flour doesn't absorb and thicken the same way the flour in Bisquick mix absorbs and thickens.

I'm thinking that maybe you could whiz the same amount of cottage cheese (1/2 cup) along with the 1/2 cup milk in a little blender or food processor to get a similar thickening result. If you try it, let me know if it works. :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Pam,

Thanks SO much! I'm so happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes. I enjoy sharing them with you! :-)

Sabine said...

Hi GGC,

This was delicious. We could not wait for cinco de mayo :)
I am trying my hand on your key lime pie recipe this weekend. I have never made key lime pie before and am a bit nervous. Crust is done, and condensed milk is prepared. So far so good. The filling will happen tomorrow. Wish me luck :)

Have a great weekend,
Sabine

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Sabine,

You are almost there already and I'm sure your filling will be great! I hope you enjoy the pie.

I am so happy you enjoyed the Taco Pie...I can't wait to make it again! ;-)

liz said...

WOW! Just found your blog and am so grateful! Making this recipe tomorrow - can't wait! Many thanks!!!

Leslie Peckels said...

I haven't stopped by your blog in awhile. I can see I have been missing some good stuff!! This taco pie is on my list for the week! Thank you for all your great recipes (:

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Liz,

I hope you enjoy it. It's so simple to make...I'll be making it again soon, too! :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Leslie,

Thanks. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! :-)

CyberSis said...

Hi GGC,

I got a little jump on the holiday and made this today, which, of course, is Cuatro de Mayo. We both loved it and there's a nice portion left for Cinco de Mayo, too!

I understand that today is Star Wars Day ... so "May the Fourth be with you!" :-)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi CyberSis,

Aren't YOU smart getting a head start! Now you don't need to make anything today.

LOL...too cute. ;-)

Peg said...

I finally got around to making this today (I'd printed it out and put it in my huge binder of recipes I've printed out from favorite bloggers).

It turned out absolutely fantastic! My hubby and son each had seconds! I've got a couple of extra wedges for my brunch. The homemade taco seasoning added so much flavor.

I cooked the pie in my NuWave Oven since I hate turning on the big oven late in the day and it came out so incredibly delicious! We topped it with homemade salsa, guacamole and sour cream along with some homegrown tomatoes.

Thank you again for another wonderful recipe!

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Hi Peg,

So happy you and your family enjoyed it! It's so easy to put together, too, isn't it! Great idea using your NwWave oven in this heat. I know several folks that have those ovens and they love them. I just don't have space for another gadget! So glad you enjoyed it. Love your toppings, too! :-)

Brandy Kelshaw said...

Just found your blog. Can't wait to make this tonight! Sounds Yummy! Thank you for sharing. :)

Gourmet Girl Cooks said...

Thanks Brandy! I hope you enjoy it. 😀

Nichole Olson said...

I'd like to double this and use my 9x13 ~ any suggestions so it still turns out well? =o) So excited!