The name of this dish has been spun in honor of Pi Day. Though I refuse to take sides in the tau vs. pi controversy, tau does equal 2 pi (...radians), and really, what's better than MORE pi(e)? Also, tau is equal to a full turn, or circle, and most pies (this one included!) are circular. I guess that means that in the end 1 tau(co) pi(e) could be considered equivalent to 3 pi(e)s...but rather than get bogged down in mathematical semantics, let's just eat!
Step 1: Ingredients
Tortilla chips, 4 oz.
Butter, 5 Tbs
9 inch pie pan (or cake pan)
Refried beans, 1/2 can
Cream Cheese, 8 oz.
Corn, 1 can
Mexican blend shredded cheese, 1 cup
Salsa, 1/2 cup
Step 2: Crust Instructions
If you're weary of the crust, you can bake it for 5 minutes at 375ºF. I did not pre-bake my crust before the pie went in the oven, and the whole thing held up fine.
Step 3: Filling Instructions
Spread a layer of refried beans on the crust. NOTE: Be careful when spreading the beans if you haven't pre-baked the crust. The beans may pull up some of the crust. Next, spread the cream cheese on top of the beans (you may need to soften the cream cheese or use a whipped variety). Drain the can of corn, and layer the corn on top of the cream cheese. Then add a layer of salsa on top of the corn. Finally, sprinkle the whole thing with a nice covering of cheese.
There are many opportunities for substitution here. Adjust the pie layers to your taste and preference (I like corn and cheese so I used a lot of both). Some ideas include:
- An extra layer of veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc)
- A ground beef or chicken layer
- Black or pinto beans instead of refried beans
- Remove the cream cheese
- Add guacamole
- Try it vegan-style! Use olive oil instead of butter in the crust and top with tofu-based cheese (like Tofutti®)
Step 4: Bake and Serve!
Serve with a side of rice and a bit of guacamole. A few extra tortilla chips and a drizzle of salsa completes the presentation.
Total prep and cooking time is about 25 minutes. Each 1/8 pie slice is about 350 calories (with the ingredients shown here).