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Tortilla Chip Pie Crust

Two recipes for pie crust made with packaged tortilla chips, one for use with a savory filling and one "sweet and salty" crust for use with a sweet filling.

Savory Tortilla Chip Pie Crust

I like to fill this pie crust with taco seasoned ground beef, top it with cheese, bake it until the cheese melts and the beef filling is hot, and serve it with taco toppings such as guacamole, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, sliced green onions, and black olives. Sometimes I add some breadcrumbs or leftover mashed potato to the meat filling to make it more firm when the pie is cut.

Tortilla Pie Crust Ingredients
- 1-1/2 cups of crushed tortilla chips
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted

Tortilla Pie Instructions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the crushed tortilla chips with the butter until the chips are evenly coated. Press the mixture into the bottom (and up the sides if desired) of 9 inch pie plate.
BAKING: You can either fill the pie shell at this point, or you can bake it in a 375 degree oven for 5 minutes then allow it to cool before filling. You will need to bake the crust if you are filling it with a very wet filling, such as an egg custard or quiche filling.

Sweet Tortilla Chip Pie Crust

I like to use this crust for a Mexican chocolate cream pie, which is basically any chocolate pie filling flavored with cinnamon and optionally (to intensify the chocolate flavor) a bit of espresso or instant espresso granules, and (if you want it spicy) a bit of ground red pepper.

- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 2 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of egg white
- 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
- Non stick cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the crushed tortilla chips with the sugar and (if you are using it) the cinnamon. Mix in the egg white and butter. Spray a 9 inch pie tin with non stick cooking spray and press the crust mixture on the bottom and up the sides o the pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 minutes or until lightly toasted. Allow the pie crust to cool completely before filling.

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