Things You’ll Need
- 2 Pie Crust
- Ground Beef (Lean)
- Olive Oil
- Chopped Garlic
- Quartered Brown Onions
- Sliced Jalapeno Peppers
- Tomato Sauce(8oz can)
- Fat Free Milk
- Shaved Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 2 Large Eggs
- Sour Cream
- Brown Sugar
- Spices (Chili powder, Paprika, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder)
Step 1: Starting the Chili
Tip #1 Slow cooking chili makes a huge difference!
Drizzle bottom of heated slow cooker with olive oil and add in garlic. Let it sizzle for a few minutes and add in about a pound of ground beef. Add in brown onions, tomato sauce, and jalapeno peppers. Finally sprinkle with all of the spices and a bit of brown sugar. Cover and let it cook!
Step 2: Making the Cheese Sauce
Tip #2 Allow a few hours for meat to soak up the flavors!
Once chili is done cooking for a few hours its time to make the cheddar cheese sauce. Start by melting about 2 tablespoons of butter into pot and once melted mix in 2 tablespoons of flour. Stir until it forms a paste like texture. Now add in about 4 cups of milk and whisk on high heat until thick. This may take a few minutes, be patient. Now take about 8 ounces of shaved cheddar cheese and stir into sauce. Once sauce is smooth taste and add in salt if needed. Leave on low heat occasionally stirring. Chili should be looking great at this point.
Step 3: Filling the Pie
Tip #3 Better to buy crust already made so you can focus on the fillings.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Take a pie dish and place one of the pie crust down into pan.
Next fill your pie with a good amount of chili followed by a smothering of cheese sauce and a sprinkling of chili powder.
Step 4: Finishing Pie
Now take the other pie crust on lay over the pan. Using a fork press down the edges and cut slits on top like a partial “x” shape. Beat 2 large eggs in a bowl and brush over top of pie.
Step 5: Finished Pie
Place pie in oven and bake until golden brown about 25-30 minutes. While pie is baking might use the leftover chili and cheese sac to throw together a quick mac and cheese. Just boil up some pasta, drain, toss in cheese and chili, and bake in oven alongside pie.
Step 6: Serving and Suggestions
Once pie is looking good, let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream and serve!
- Serve with some Sriracha for an extra kick of spice.
- A variety of meat pies is great to serve for large dinner parties.
- When serving it is important to let the pie rest so it stays together.
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