Taco Pie or dip (Healthy, Low Calorie)

Layers of refried beans, Mexican flavored ground chicken and vegetables, lettuce, pico de gallo and avocado. Dip with tortilla chips or mini sweet peppers.

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Healthier Taco Pie - a fun dinner or dip recipe - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy

Today is Grandparent’s Day. Did you know that? I have to admit I would not have, except for the fact that Sunday Suppers theme today is Grandparent’s Day. Lots of people are doing their grandmother’s recipes. I decided to take a slight detour. I seem to do that a lot. You see, we moved a lot when I was a child. My Dad was in the Air Force, and we moved every few years. The one constant in my life was my grandparent’s house in New Jersey. For two years, we were lucky enough to be stationed in New Jersey.

Every weekend we would go to my grandparent’s house, and all my aunts, uncles and cousins would come over. My Mom is one of six, so you can imagine it was quite a crowd. Besides from lots of barbecues, we had taco pie. That was one of my favorites. At the time, I really had no idea about Mexican food. In fact, I can remember going to a Mexican restaurant for the first time when I was in high school. I am sure the original recipe came from a magazine or something. There are so many versions out there.

Healthier Taco Pie - a fun dinner or dip recipe - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy

My grandparents sold that house about 30 years ago. Wow! Has it really been that long? We were living in Ohio at the time and getting ready to move to California. For about 25 years, I never had taco pie again. Then a few years ago, I was looking for something fun for Halloween and thought of it. It was nice to bring a tradition back. I’ve updated it by using ground chicken, and I also grind vegetables into the mixture. I’ve started using a peach salsa, too. It is still such a fun dinner or appetizer.

When we made it at my grandparent’s house, we made it in a big pizza pan. I don’t own a pizza pan, so I make it in a pie plate. I love carrying this tradition on with my family. Dishes like Taco Pie really bring a family together. It feels like a fun, almost “cheat” dinner, but I sneak a lot of vegetables into it. People seem to talk more to each other when it is something fun like this. Surprise your family with Taco Pie for dinner and bring my family to yours.

Healthier Taco Pie - a fun dinner or dip recipe - Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthy

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Taco Pie

Course Dinner, Dip
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 193 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion , cut into quarters
  • 1/2 sweet red pepper , cut into quarters
  • 4 oz . mushrooms
  • 1 tsp . oil
  • 1 lb . ground chicken breast
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 can fat-free refried beans
  • 1/2 cup peach or regular salsa
  • 1 cup grated 2% fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 medium tomato , seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 bell pepper , finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • juice 1/2 lime
  • 1 avocado , finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350•.
  2. In a food processor, pulse the onion, red pepper and mushrooms together, until finely chopped.
  3. In a large non-stick skillet, heat th oil over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the vegetables and ground chicken. Cook stirring, occasionally until the chicken is fully cooked.
  5. Add the taco seasoning and water. Bring to a simmer, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. In a medium bowl, mix together the refried beans and salsa.
  7. Spoon into a pie plate.
  8. Top with the chicken mixture.
  9. Sprinkle cheese on top.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until pie is bubbly and cheese melted.
  11. Top with shredded lettuce.
  12. In a medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, onions, green pepper, cilantro and juice of half a lime.
  13. Add a sprinkle of salt and spoon on top of lettuce.
  14. Sprinkle on avocado.
  15. Serve with tortilla chips or cut up mini sweet peppers

Recipe Notes

I calculated 5  Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Taco Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 4g
Protein 16g 32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie


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Comments

  1. I'm a military brat as well, and Love anything having to to do with Mexican food!! Really like your use of the chicken!
  2. We moved around too, Christie, so for many years my grandparents' houses were home when we were visiting the States. My grandmother sold the big house when my grandfather died and my cousins and I mourned its loss. We just sold my other grandparents' house a few years ago because they had both passed on and that left a big hole in my heart too. I'm glad you revived this tradition of the lovely taco pie. It looks too good to be forgotten!
  3. I love this idea of using ground chicken in this taco pie and ground veggies! It's a perfect way to sneak healthier options into a meal! I'm cataloging this one for in the near future! YUM!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Valerie, I really love using ground chicken instead of ground turkey. I think it tends to meld with the other flavors better. Sneaking in some vegetables worked very well, too.
  4. My mouths is watering. I love Mexican dips and what a great idea to use little pepper scoops instead of chips.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Wendy, I loved Taco Pie with the mini peppers. I don't think my daughter touched one of the peppers, but since it is loaded with vegetables anyway I think she still managed to eat fairly healthfully.
  5. Oh, boy, I'd love to gather around the table and eat this cheesy taco pie for dinner with the family! It sounds marvelous!!!
  6. This looks like such a fun dish. Perfect for a crowd!
  7. So fun you remember eating this growing up! What a wonderful dish!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Serena, Taco Pie was probably my favorite meal as a child. It probably wasn't overly healthy then, but with my changes I can feel good about my daughter eating it.
  8. I love your recipe and your story. I could so eat Taco Pie every night of the week. It look and sounds amazing.
  9. sounds like a hearty dish! myself, I've only lived in 3 houses my entire life and can't imagine moving around that much. Glad to hear you got to enjoy your relatives for a period of time
  10. Oh wow I am loving this Taco Pie. I love that you used ground chicken and and included grinding of the veggies for this dish. It may just go on my Halloween menu!
  11. I love the story of this pie, and just as much, the updated version. Although the food of our grandparents' generation may not have been ethnically accurate (when they cooked from another culture) or healthy, it sure brings back memories.
  12. LOVE this, and pretty much anything mexican related. it's pretty much the only meal that won't get complaints from the kids
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Heather, This is a meal any child will love. They won't even realize all the vegetables that are in it unless you want them to.
  13. Putting your own twist to a family recipe only makes it more endearing!
  14. My husband is currently in the AF and we're preparing to move from OH to CA this spring! Your taco pie looks like the perfect game day dip that doubles as a complete meal - especially because "real" meals don't often happen while watching football! I'll give this a try soon!

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