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Taco Hand Pies

I made food for our grandson's road trip. He prefers hand held foods as they are not as messy. He likes tacos and so I thought taco hand pies would be just the thing. You can prepare the dough and filling the day before which makes it easy peasy to make the pies the following day. I love recipes where you can do the prep work ahead of time. You could make them smaller to serve as an appetizer at a party. They freeze well, thaw and reheat in oven.

Rich Flaky Dough:
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, cold and cut in cubes
  • 1 cup ice cold water
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten for brushing
  • 2 teaspoons water
  1. In food processor pulse flour and salt a few times, add butter and keep pulsing until butter is in small pieces. You still want pieces of butter to be visible.
  2. Add ice cold water slowly pulsing just until dough comes together.
  3. Dump dough on slightly floured surface and gather dough together in a ball. Divide into 4 pieces and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in waxed paper and refrigerate overnight or at least for an hour.
  4. Remove from fridge, roll out each piece 1/8" thick and cut rounds using a 4" biscuit cutter.
  5. Brush edges of each round with beaten egg and water mixture, place a rounded tablespoon of taco filling mixture in the center and fold dough over to make a half moon. 
  6. Press edges closed with a flour dipped fork. 
  7. Once you have made all your pies, brush with remaining egg and water mixture and pierce tops 2 or 3 times with a fork.
  8. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake in a 400ยบ oven for 18 minutes until golden in color. 
Taco Filling Mixture:
  • 10 oz ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons taco powder
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green sweet pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
*Update: I realized the taco filling mixture is for half the dough recipe. So if you want to make this amount of dough that I stated you will need to double the taco mixture.
  1. Fry ground beef until browned, breaking it into small pieces while frying.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in taco powder, refried beans, tomato, green pepper, and shredded cheese until well combined.
  3. Yield: 44 hand held pies. They are good hot or at room temperature. Eat plain or dip in taco sauce or sriracha mayo. Taste great served with a salad.


  1. I never think of making piecrust in a food processor. Does this method produce a better crust than cutting in the butter by hand?

    1. I don't know if it's better..just done more quickly:)

  2. That'd be the good old piroshki, right?


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