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Taco Hand Pies

These cute little taco hand pies taste like a beef and bean cheesy burrito, but with a tender, flaky crust that melts in your mouth! They are fantastic whether you bake and take on the go, serve as an appetizer at your next party or eat for dinner on Taco Tuesday!

Cheesy beef and bean taco hand pies. Great party appetizer or alternative to Taco Tuesday! | Kitchen Gidget

Taco Hand Pies

This week on Sunday Supper we’re sharing some amazing pie recipes. Who doesn’t love pie?? Not I!

Pies can be sweet or savory, little or big, hot or cold…basically there is something for everyone no matter your taste preference.

I love that you can have pie for dinner and for dessert! I don’t think very many dishes do “double duty” like that.

Cheesy beef and bean taco hand pies. Great party appetizer or alternative to Taco Tuesday! | Kitchen Gidget

The filling for these taco hand pies is a simple beef and bean concoction that tastes like those cheesy bean burritos everyone loves.

Considering nearly every other recipe I post contains cheese in some way, shape or form, I’m beginning to think I have an obsession…

You may ask, “why taco hand pies? Why not stuff it in a tortilla and call it a day?” Well, let me tell you about my grandma’s amazing fried tacos.

To eat one hot and crispy straight from the frying pan is an out of this world experience. The few who have been privilege to these phenomena can attest that the crispy, flaky shell is what makes them superior to any other taco.

These pies remind me exactly of her tacos without all the grease!

Cheesy beef and bean taco hand pies. Great party appetizer or alternative to Taco Tuesday! | Kitchen Gidget

These pies hold up well on the go, and I’ve even eaten them cold with tasty results!

Taco Hand Pies

Yield: 28 pies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Hand-held pies that taste like a beef and bean cheesy burrito!


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin* see note
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic
  • 1/4 onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 can (16oz) pinto beans, with liquid
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 packages of double pie crust (total 4 pie crusts)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten.


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • In a large frying pan, brown ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain grease if there is excess. Remove from heat and add all of the spices, plus the beans with liquid. Semi-mash the beans until mixture is a very thick gravy. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Stir in cheese and set aside.
  • Working with one crust at a time, on a lightly floured board, roll out pie crust to about 1/4 inch or less thickness. Cut into circles (I used the bean can) and top half the circles with about 2 tablespoons of taco filling. Top with another circle of pie crust and press edges with a fork to seal.
  • Prick each pie with a knife and brush with beaten egg. Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining 3 pie crusts.
  • Notes

    *You can use a packet of premade taco seasoning and omit all the seasonings listed.

    I used a 3 1/2 inch round cookie cutter and about 2 tablespoons of filling.

    You may have filling leftover. Roll up in a tortilla, serve over rice or leave another idea in the comments!

    Did you make this recipe?

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    Cheesy beef and bean taco hand pies. Great party appetizer or alternative to Taco Tuesday! | Kitchen Gidget

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    Wednesday 29th of June 2022

    so tasty, and really easy. My 8 year old loved helping me make them


    Friday 19th of August 2016

    Have you ever frozen these?


    Saturday 20th of August 2016

    We have! My husband rewarms his in the microwave and thinks they're just fine. Personally I pop them back in the oven about 10 minutes for a crisper crust. :-)

    Prairie Gal Cookin

    Monday 7th of March 2016

    Your pictures are just amazing.. This looks so good!!

    Thanks so much for linking up over at Sunday’s Simple Homemaker on Prairie Gal Cookin! Please feel free to drop in and leave a link or two on this week’s link-up, we’d love to see what you’ve been up to!

    Sarah Reid, CNP (@jo_jo_ba)

    Sunday 6th of March 2016

    ADORE this idea!


    Sunday 6th of March 2016

    Yum! These look amazing! I especially love that first photo.

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