Cilantro lime sour cream - can use plain sour cream instead
1Tablespoonlime juicejuice from ½ a lime
12 cilantro leavesfresh
Cilantro Lime sour cream
Cut the cilantro leaves into small pieces and use a spoon to smear them into the bowl to release the oil. We usually use a mortar and pestle to make this, but you don't need one.Mix the sour cream, lime juice and salt with the cilantro stirring well. Set aside.
¾ cup sour cream, 1 Tablespoon lime juice, 12 cilantro leaves, ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit.
Crush the corn chips in a storage bag or a bowl until it is a mix of crumbs and some bigger pieces. It's best to have some bigger pieces in it for texture.
3 cups corn chips
Pour the crushed corn chips into a small bowl and add the salsa. Stir well to coat the corn chips with the salsa.
½ cup salsa
Press the crust mix into the pie dish as best as you can.
Cook the ground beef and break it up while cooking so it's in small pieces. Cook until it is browned and no longer pink.
2 pounds ground beef
Add in the water, chilis and taco seasoning. Stir well and cook over medium low for about 3 minutes.
1¼ ounce taco seasoning, ½ cup water, 4 ounces green chilis
Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the crust. Pack the beef mixture into the pie dish over the cheese layer. Pack it down as best as you can.Spread the sour cream mixture evenly over the beef.Sprinkle the remaining cheese evenly over the top.
2 cups shredded cheese
Bake at 375° Fahrenheit for about 25 minutes. The cheese will be perfectly melted on top.
Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before cutting. The longer it sits the better it holds it's shape when you serve it.
Optional - you can add your favorite taco toppings at the table or serve the it the way it is. It's delicious either way!
Nutritional values and serving sizes are estimated. For the servings, usually our family of 4 eats the whole pie but we also eat larger servings then some so we estimated it as 6 servings.You can use regular salsa instead of thick and chunky, but we think the thicker salsa is better to use.You can use plain sour cream in place of the cilantro lime sour cream if you prefer. You can also leave the cilantro out and make it a lime sour cream if you like. This taco pie will not fit in a standard 9 inch pie dish. If you do not have a 9.5 inch pie dish, you can use a 2 to 2 and a half quart casserole dish or a 10 inch pie dish.