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If you are wondering what to serve at your next party gathering, maybe New Years Eve or that Super Bowl Sunday or just for something special for a family evening while you are gathered together in front of the TV watching your favorite programs or movie you might want to consider Taco Pie.  It is not exactly a taco and it isn’t really a pizza but it sure is good.  If your teenager is having a few friends over, this is something they are going to love too.  What is even better, it is actually good for you and it is quick and easy to make.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees

Lightly sprinkle a little corn meal over the bottom of a deep dish pizza pan or baking sheet.  Just a couple tablespoons of corn meal will do.  You don’t need much.

Open an 8oz pkg. of Pillsbury* refrigerated butter flake crescent rolls.  Unroll the dough and knead once or twice and then press it over the bottom and up the sides of your pizza pan or baking sheet sprinkled with the corn meal.  Do not grease the pan.

Prick the bottom and sides of the dough in a few places with a fork to keep the dough flat while baking.  Bake in your preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes until your crust is a very light golden brown.  Remove from oven and set aside.

Reduce oven heat to 325 degrees

In a fry pan on top of the stove over medium high heat

Sauté in 2 scant Tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic minced

1/4 cup diced onion

1/4 cup diced green bell pepper

As soon as the onion starts to turn transparent, add 1 pound lean ground beef (hamburger) and cook loose breaking up any large pieces with a spoon.

As soon as the beef is nicely browned reduce heat to medium and stir in:

1 1.25 oz pkg. Taco mix

2 cups tomato sauce

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

Add salt and pepper to taste (optional) the taco mix is well seasoned so you probably won’t need any additional salt and pepper.

Stir and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes or until sauce starts to thicken.

Remove from heat.

Spread your taco sauce on your baked bread dough spreading it out evenly.

Liberally sprinkle shredded cheese (Use a combination of Mozzarella and Cheddar) over the top.  Use a good full cup or more to taste.  Return to oven and bake just until cheese is melted…watch it carefully.  It should take about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven.

Cut into wedges or squares and serve topped with shredded lettuce, torn baby spinach leaves, diced tomato, chopped ripe (black) olives or other toppings of choice and more shredded cheese if desired or garnish with a dab of sour cream or plain yogurt. (You can prepare your toppings in side dishes and let everyone add their own if you like.  That usually works well.)

Taco pie is a comfort food, a fun food and something just about everyone will enjoy.

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