29 July 2011

Gluten Free Bisquick Taco Pie

Betty Crocker releasing gluten free Bisquick has been a wonderful thing, but you still need to figure out how to use it for the quick meals that you used Bisquick for before you learned you had to go gluten free.

Taco Pie was a wonderful left over meal that we uncovered over 20 years ago.  It was called “Impossible Taco Pie” and was one of those bake-off type of recipes.  And yes, I pretty much run this recipe from memory and appearance.


You can use up your left-over taco meat (from taco night) and add some green chilies, or tomatoes and chilies, onions, seasonings to make it your own.

The important thing is the ratios.  It took me a couple tries to get this right.

The background:  Gluten free Bisquick is rice flour based.  Really finely ground too.  And rice flour does not get wet.  It does not absorb water, so you have to watch the amount of liquid you add.  That is the key.

Here is the basics of Impossible Taco Pie (gluten free style):

  • Browned meat – seasoned with taco seasoning.  Generally left over from making tacos.  About 1/2 pound.
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup gluten free bisquick
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • shredded cheese to your liking.(about 1 cup to mix in and 1/2 cup to sprinkle on the top)
  • green chilies or ‘tomatoes and chilies’ – I like the fire roasted ones.
  • onion – this is definitely to taste

Begin with a 9-inch pie plate (we use glass), and give it a dose of non-stick (you can spray, butter, or oil)

Turn on the oven.  350 degrees F.

In a bowl mix the eggs and milk together.  Then mix in the Bisquick.  This should be more runny than pancake batter. You don’t want this thick or else it will end up dominating the taste. You want the taste of everything except the Bisquick to dominate.

In a different bowl (yes, a multi- mixing bowl recipe) mix the browned taco meat and the vegetables.  Then mix in the cheese.  Mix until everything is evenly distributed.

Evenly spread the meat, vegetables, and cheese into the pie plate.

MIx-up and pour over the wet ingredients (rice flour settles out, mix it before you pour it).  The wet should not come to the top of the dry ingredients.

Place it in the oven.  It will take about 30 minutes to 45 minutes to bake.  This is a judgment call.  The middle should dome up and test it like a cake to determine if it is done.

Once done, top it with some extra shredded cheese and turn the broiler on.  Once the cheese is browned to your liking, consider it done.

Let it cool. Cut. Enjoy.

Oh, yes.  Add the taco sauce of your choice.  Sour cream too (good, live culture stuff).

That is it.  It takes about 15 minutes to mix together and about 30 minutes to bake.