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Taco pie is a favorite and this is a another recipe that is easily adaptable to your own spice level. We like medium spice… sometimes more!  So take this recipe and make it YOURS! This has a warm pie with cold fresh ingredients on top! We really like this combination and hope you do too!

INGREDIENTS
1 deep dish pie crust,  baked about half way through
1  lb. ground beef
1 package medium spice, low sodium taco seasoning
1/2 medium onion diced
1/2 cup fruit salsa ( I used pineapple salsa but use what you like)
1/2 cup refried beans with green chilies
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1 can of original Ro-tel tomatoes (drained)

TOPPINGS
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomatoes
Sour cream

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Partially bake your pie crust, about three quarters of the way through, following package directions.
Brown ground beef, drain, add seasoning with a slight bit of water. Add onion. sauté for a couple of minutes, then add both cheeses. Mix until combined and melted. Spread refried beans onto the bottom and slightly up the side of pie crust. This is easiest when pie crust is still slightly warm. (add as much or little of the beans as you like, use my measurements as a guide) Add about half of the can of Ro-tel tomatoes.  Add ground beef mixture. Add layer of salsa.

Bake 15 minutes.
Take out of oven and cool for ten minutes and add your toppings!

NOTES
Ground turkey can be used.

Enjoy,

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INGREDIENTS
1 (12 ounce ) can of refrigerated biscuits (I use Pillsbury Grands)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken (left over chicken or I love to use rotisserie chicken for this)
1/3 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 cup alfredo sauce (or your favorite sauce)
1/3 cup cooked bacon
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss chicken with buffalo sauce. Cut biscuits into quarters. In a large bowl toss biscuits with Alfredo sauce, bacon, chicken and half of the cheese. Pour mixture into a 9×13 pan (sprayed with Pam) Top with remaining cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Enjoy,

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Notes: I think this could be done with Ranch dressing in place of the Alfredo sauce. Although I have not tried that version yet. I sometimes reserve a small amount of bacon and sprinkle that on top along with the cheese!
This recipe is adapted from www.plainchicken.com

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INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb. kielbasa or smoked sausage, sliced into rings
1/2 medium onion. diced
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 can Ro-Tel  tomatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
8 ounces of pasta (campanella or penne pasta)
salt
pepper
1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese

DIRECTIONS
Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a 12 inch skillet until hot. Add sausage and cook until lightly browned. Add onion, tomatoes, broth, cream, pasta, salt, pepper, and stir. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer 15-20 minutes until pasta is tender. Add cheese, stir until melted and bubbly.

Enjoy!

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INGREDIENTS
1 lb. Jimmy Dean hot sausage roll (any hot sausage will do)
1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tube Pillsbury crescent roll

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Brown sausage in a skillet.  In the meantime roll out the crescent roll onto a sheet pan closing all perforations, making it one piece of dough.
Spread crescent roll to an even layer and make five slices partially through the dough on both sides (about 1/2 inch slices) leaving a solid layer of dough through the center.

When the sausage is cooked, drain sausage then add cheese, cook and stir until melted.

Place the sausage mixture down the middle of the dough.

Starting at the ends of the dough, take that short end and fold it over the sausage, then fold over the sides alternating the dough, most of the sausage will be covered but if you have a portion that is not covered its okay, the dough will cook and bond together. Bake for 12-14 minutes depending on your oven, mine takes 14 minutes!

Let sit for 2-3 minutes before cutting.

Serve and Enjoy!

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This would be fantastic for  dinner, game night or any party occasion! I know this will be making an appearance MANY more times for dinner and parties to come!

You can put this on a hamburger type roll, slider for an appetizer or even a wrap! If you don’t like blue cheese feel free to swap it out with ranch dressing.

The original recipe came from Pillsbury it is written as a slow cooker recipe, however I did change it a bit. I cooked it stove top and then transferred it to my slow cooker putting it on the “warm” setting. I think cooking it on low or high for a period of time would dry it out if it cooked for too long, that is my only caution for this recipe!

INGREDIENTS
2 lb. ground beef
1 large onion (chopped)
3 cups celery (6 stalks), chopped
1 can (8 ounce) tomato sauce
1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste
1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 teaspoons of chili powder
hamburger buns, slider buns or wraps

BLUE CHEESE SAUCE
8 ounces of sour cream
2/3 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
1 scallion, chopped
2 teaspoons buffalo wing sauce
Mix together all ingredients in medium bowl.

DIRECTIONS
In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Drain beef, add celery, tomato paste, tomato sauce, wing sauce, cider vinegar and chili powder. Stir well and let blend on low for 10 minutes. ( you can add to slow cooker at this point).  To serve…spoon mix on bun, add blue cheese sauce, cover with top bun.

Enjoy!

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