That house saw lots of play and laughter, sibling rivalry, power struggles between mom and child, graduations, dance routines, piano lessons, good report cards, bad report cards, was hit by the car while backing out of the driveway more than once, a wedding, a divorce, first dances, first kisses, parties, TP’d trees, funeral gatherings, many games of Trivial Pursuit, kids moving out, moving back in, and moving out again, grandchildren. The neighborhood was full of children our age and parents that my mom adored. We were so truly lucky to have grown up on that street. I can only hope that the new family moving in will have as many precious memories as we all had in that home.
In this very home, my mom made is sit down and eat together for every single meal, even if it was Friday, pizza night. We would order pizza from LaGrange’s best pizza place, Ledo’s Pizza. She cooked all other nights. Her specialties were frozen fish sticks, any type of casserole that included Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, Macaroni and Cheese with hot dogs cut up in it (the hot dogs only were served if we behaved), and her infamous TACO PIE.
Taco Pie is the meal that many of us requested our first night home for any visit back from college. It is our families dish that feels like home. My sister Colleen and I now make it for our families. We have changed up the recipe in our own way to please our taste buds, but the basis is still the same. I would like to share my version with you.
1 Pillsbury Pie Crust
1 lb ground beef (I like to use 1 pkg veggie crumbles)
3 Tb taco seasoning
6 dashes of hot sauce
1 c corn kernels
2 Tb pimentos
1 1/2 c sour cream
2 cups shredded cheese (I like to use the Kraft Mexican Blend)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Unroll pie crust in a 9″ pie pan and bake for 15 minutes. While crust is in oven, brown beef in a skillet and drain. Add taco seasoning, corn, and pimentos. In a medium bowl, beat sour cream and eggs together.
Remove pie crust from oven and let cool. Place beef mixture into pie crust. Pour sour cream mixture on top of beef. Top with shredded cheese.
Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes until top is nicely browned. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Great served with Nacho chips.