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Impossible Taco Pie

Do you remember the 'impossible pies' that were all the rage many years ago?  These could be sweet or savory, and were a combination of simple ingredients (usually including Bisquick) which were mixed together and poured into a pie plate, and would form a magic crust during the baking process. At the time, I had a basic biscuit recipe that I used as the base for many of these 'impossible pies'. I've recently tried a few of those recipes using the biscuit mix recipe on this blog with great results.  I'm sharing the first one with you today...on this 'throwback Thursday'!

  • 1 pound ground lean beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 envelope Taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 cup salsa (we prefer hot)
  • 1 - 12 oz /340 ml can sweet corn, drained
  • 1/2 cup red or green sweet peppers, chopped
  • 3/4 cup 'basic mix' (or Bisquick)
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese, grated
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Brown ground beef and onion in a heavy skillet; drain off any fat. Stir in taco seasoning.
  3. Add salsa, corn and peppers and simmer for a minute or two.
  4. Spread in bottom of greased deep dish pie plate or 10" cast iron skillet.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the baking mix, eggs and milk. Beat well to combine and pour over meat mixture in pie plate.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted at the center of the pie comes out clean.
  7. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5-10 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and a dollop of sour cream. 
  9. Serves 4-6

What are your memories of the 'impossible pies' of yesteryear? I'll be posting another version next week.


  1. This sounds easy AND delicious! I'm going to try it this weekend!

  2. Yes, I do remember an "impossible tuna pie" only I can't find the recipe!

  3. I remember my mom loving the idea of the impossible pies. I will have to check out what I have in my collection. Your pie looks really good and I think it may go over well with my taco loving grands.

  4. My grandfather loves the coconut one and I used to make a ham and swiss one when the kids were growing up that was quite good.

  5. I made Impossible Pies when I first got married and was just learning to cook (in the 80's)!
    We loved the coconut one - I'd love the recipe again! Only thing is I have to eat gluten free now. Now that I know how to cook, maybe I can figure it out? The other thing I used to make that was easy and pretty quick was a soup using Hamburger Helper (I think there was only one "flavor" back then). Although I can't eat that one now, my husband would probably love it!

  6. I "keep house" for an elderly man in my neighborhood and impossible pies are in my regular rotation of things I cook for him. He especially loves the vegetarian quiche ones and the impossible coconut. They are so easy and the vegetarian quiche ones are really quite low in calories. A favorite cookbook is "Betty Crocker's Bisquick Cookbook". It has a whole section of impossible pie recipes--over 15.

  7. I prepared this after seeing it posted here. Delicious!
    Does anyone know why it would be called 'Impossible' pie?

    1. Because it makes it's own crust without you having to roll out a dough crust.

  8. We have and use an impossible quiche that is basically eggs,onions, bacon (or we use ham or ground sausage), cheese and baking mix. Quick and yummy... we also tend to add either broccoli or asparagus.

  9. I am loving these "impossible" pie recipes - just read your apple pie one too. I don't remember hearing of these but they sound fabulous and quick. I love your basic mix recipe!


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