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Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

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 This Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes and will thrill your family. Everyone needs a quick, delicious dinner idea for those busy weeknights. Thanks to McCormick for sponsoring this post. See details below.

Dinnertime conversation was always lively at the Homer’s. With 5 opinionated children, the topics were varied and timely. I loved eating at my best friend’s house, though we were less cerebral than her older siblings and were known to excuse ourselves mid-meal in fits of squirrelly laughter. One night when I was a guest, those same siblings revealed that their mom’s famous taco pie was on the menu since there was company for dinner.

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

My mom never made taco pie, so this was a treat. Layered with crushed corn chips, taco meat and gooey, melted cheese, this entree somehow seemed exotic to me. Remember this was the Midwest in the 70’s!

Back then we were all addicted to Day-Glo orange nacho cheese corn chips, and they were most likely used in this retro version from my childhood. I felt the need to clean out all the artificial components before feeding this entrée to my family.

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

A Taco Pie for the New Millennium!

I knew I could recreate and even improve upon this delicious memory using McCormick’s new Skillet Sauces, specifically, the Fire Roasted Garlic Chili variety. The ingredient list on the package is not a mile long or full of multi-syllabic chemicals. Water, tomato puree, spices, vinegar, salt, and garlic are the first six listed. See what I mean?

The hubby thought I hit a home run, and I was delighted to have a winning recipe that was ready in minutes, not hours. And this same McSkillet sauce can be used to make a quick chili dinner by just adding ground beef, beans and tomatoes. Easy peasy.

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

 Quick and Easy Skillet Recipes Using McCormick’s Skillet Sauces

You all know the McCormick brand is synonymous with quality. As a baker, I’ve been a fan of their flavorings and food colorings for years. But I’m thrilled with their new skillet sauces and how they can simplify the dinner hour by helping busy families get delicious entrees on the table in less than a half hour. With seven skillet sauce options, you can easily work a skillet meal into your menu once a week. Just look at the amazing recipes the Weekday Supper team is sharing this week:

Monday – Spicy Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry over Broccoli Noodles by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Tuesday – Sweet & Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes over Millet Cakes by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Wednesday – BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pizza by I’m Not the Nanny
Thursday – Skillet Taco Pie by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Friday – Chicken Meatballs and Pasta Rosé by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings


Yield: 4 servings

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie

A quick, yummy and easy skillet dinner

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package McCormick Fire Roasted Garlic Chili Skillet Sauce
  • 1 cup slightly crushed tortilla chips
  • 1+ cups shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Saute onion in olive oil till slightly softened. Add ground beef saute till slightly browned, breaking beef into pieces while cooking.
  2. Add skillet sauce and simmer till heated through and bubbly. Turn off burner and sprinkled tortilla chips over the beef followed by the cheddar cheese. Cover skillet with lid to melt the cheese. Alternatively, pop the skillet under the broiler for a minute or two till cheese is bubbly.

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31 comments on “Easy Retro Skillet Taco Pie”

  1. Liz, this is my kind of skillet taco pie. Easy peasy and always a favorite around the house. Yum!

  2. Hello Liz! Your skillet taco pie looks delicious! It’s not very common to eat it here, in Poland. I think I should change that!

  3. Sounds like a fun dinner:@)

  4. This is such a fun idea! My family loves tacos in any form so this would be a hit at our house!

  5. Adding this to my list of things to cook when I’m in the mood for Mexican food.

  6. There is so much yum happening. Love it!

  7. Liz, your “Day-Glo orange nacho cheese corn chips” . . you’re making me remember all the Velveeta cheese I consumed as a child! 😛 I LOVE this skillet taco pie!! This is perfect! We love eating nachos and this is like an upgraded taco pie that we can eat for dinner!! I love this!!

  8. Love that you’ve updated the taco pie. This looks wonderful and I love the chips and all that cheese on the top!

  9. Your taco pie looks great, Liz. Thinking of you and your family. xo

  10. I wish I have this terrific sauce to make this gorgeous recipe ! I Know my children will love it 🙂

  11. This is easy to make indeed.. I need to try these new sauces.

  12. I’m starving right now this looks amazing!!

  13. My husband’s mother used to serve them something called Impossible Cheeseburger Pie made with Bisquick and it could be transformed into a taco pie when the times called for it…I haven’t thought about that in years. I sort of miss it actually. She had six children in 11 years and so her meals were always things one could fix quickly and serve a lot of hungry mouths on weeknights. This skillet dinner reminds me of that and I think it would be a hit if I served it to Mark some night, thanks for the memories of it. As for Matt, anything that acts and thinks like a walking taco is a sure hit, this would fit in that nicely!

  14. That skillet sauce sounds SO good! Definitely takes this taco pie up a notch. Love it!

  15. I love McCormick spices and this taco pie is such a fun idea! I can see how it would be a big hit…I know it would be at my house!

  16. Love your version of the taco pie, Liz! It looks delicious and I will be trying it. Thanks for the recipe!

  17. I need a few of these for post baby meals. This dinner looks so yummy. Tacos is one of the things I never stopped eating and actually wanted to eat throughout.

  18. What a great weeknight dinner! Sometimes those familiar dishes from the past are the absolute best!

  19. We love tacos here especially the twins! This look amazing and special!!
    hugs to you!

  20. This taco pie looks amazing! Yum! I need to try those skillet sauces!

  21. Taco pie?! Oh, we like, we like! That melted cheeeesse!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

  22. My hubby would LOVE this! And I LOVE how easy it is – perfect weeknight meal!

  23. I’m all for a taco pie for the new millennium! Love McCormick, I’ll have to look for these the next time I’m at the store!

  24. I love this Liz! Skillet taco pie is one of my favorite meals! I always crushed up my tacos anyway when I eat the hard version, so why not cook it all together with gooey cheese?!

  25. Your taco pie looks so tasty. Love how easy it is to make too!

  26. Bravo to an updated version of the 70s classic. Your taco pie looks particularly appealing…Bet Mrs. Homer would be proud!

  27. Your taco pie should make the “kid” in all of us happy.

  28. Lizzy,
    We never had taco pie in the seventies either. Back then we had italian food every night (as Italians, we just thought it was food). My Dad ate pasta six nights a week and so did we.
    I would love your taco pie and so would the hubby. I looks wonderful.

  29. This is my kind of pie! Love what you did with this and I can’t wait to try it!!

  30. I am so happy to see taco pie on the menu. I haven’t had it in ages. I have to agree with you; we need to bring back the classics. Love this. Pinned.

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