Crispy and flaky hand pies with a kid-friendly taco filling! Kids of all ages are going to love these!
School is here and I think everyone is tired of packing sandwiches!
I used to set up a school lunch assembly line each night. I’d line up bread for everyone the go down the line and top with the sandwich toppings. I’d do the same with the rest of the bagged lunch items. It took time and was tedious and I felt it was totally unappreciated.
About 2 years ago I decided the kids were old enough and capable of making their lunches. I told them as long as their lunches were well rounded, they could put anything in them. Who knew that leftovers would end up being their favorite lunches!
These hand pies make a fun weeknight meal, but they also make terrific lunches!
What Are Hand Pies
Hand pies are little-crimped pie dough rounds that are filled with either a sweet or savory filling. I have shared lemon hand pies, cinnamon roll hand pies, Spanakopita Hand Pies and Greek hand pies.
When it comes to sweets, those lemon hand pies are unbeatable, but these Taco Hand Pies are such a great savory option! Kids ADORE these!
How To Make Hand Pies
This recipe starts with boxed pie dough. I think the boxed pie crust tastes great. Sure you could make your own, but this recipe is all about making your life easier!
To start, make a simple taco filling using ground beef, seasoning, and black beans. While the beef is cooking, it’s time to work on pie dough. On a floured surface, roll out the pie dough ( you will only need one sheet from the box. Save the other pie crust for another recipe or perhaps double this one).
I used a 3-inch biscuit cut the pies out of the dough. You can use larger rounds, just keep in mind that your hand pies may take longer to bake.
Place half of your circles on a greased or lined baking sheets. Place roughly a tablespoon of your meat mixture onto the center of each pie round on your baking sheet. Take the remaining pie rounds and place them over the meat mixture.
How To Seal Hand Pies
I like to take the tines or a fork and gently press the two pieces together. You could use your fingers as well by dabbing a little egg wash on the bottom round an seal the top layer on with your fingers.
However, I think it is easier to press the dough together with a fork then brush a small amount of egg wash over each pie.
The pies will only take about 15 minutes to bake. They should be golden and flakey when you take them out of the oven.
How To Store Hand Pies?
While these pies are best when served warm or at room temperature. These hand pies will keep in the fridge for 3 or 4 days if kept in an airtight container.
Can I freeze hand pies, you ask? YES!! These can be kept in a ziptop bag or layered between sheets of parchment paper. The ha nd piescan be kept in a ziptop bag in the freezer for 1 month.
I would prebake them and allow them to cool completely before placing them in the freezer. Pop them in the microwave or even the toaster when you need them!
Taco Hand Pie Tips and Tricks
- Crescent roll dough, pizza dough, or puff pastry can be used in place of the pie crust
- Ground turkey, chicken, or pork can be used in place of the beef. Alternatively, you can just use black or pinto beans and veggies for a meatless option.
- You will only need a spoonfull of filling for each hand pie, if you place too much in the center, the filling will come out of the side.
- If the pie dough doesn’t press and seal together, use wet fingers around the edge of the bottom dough round, then seal the layers with fork tines as mentioned above.
- Make the sure then hand pies have cooled completely before storing.
- Serve this taco hand pie recipe with sour cream, ranch dressing, guacamole, salsa verde and salsa
Mini Taco Hand Pies
Crispy and flaky hand pies with a kid-friendly taco filling! Kids of all ages are going to love these! #handpie #taco
- 1 box refrigerated pie dough (14.1 oz)
- 3/4 lb ground beef
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
- 3/4 teaspoon paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 cup black beans
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon water
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, stir to crumble. Add salt, chili powder, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin; stir. Continue to cook until beef is no longer pink and seasoning has been incorporated. This should take 8-10 minutes. The beef mixture should thicken as it cooks. Stir in black beans, remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- Preheat oven to 425. Sprinkle flour over a work surface. Roll out one sheet of dough. Cut dough into circles using a 3-inch biscuit cutter, rerolling scraps as necessary. Repeat with remaining sheet of dough.
- Arrange half of the circles on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Place a tablespoon of meat mixture on the dough circles, top with roughly a half teaspoon of cheese. Place the other circle halves over the meat and cheese mixture. Pinch edges together with the tines of a fork.
- Combine egg and water in a bowl. Brush egg wash over the top of each hand pie.
- Bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes or just until golden. Remove from oven and let hand pies cool slightly before serving. Serve with your favorite taco fixings on the side.
- Store hand pies in the refrigerator in an air-tight container or a zip-top bag.
Amount Per Serving Calories 116Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 26mgSodium 131mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 6g
Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T says
Hand pies are the best…any chance to eat pie dough and I’m in! 🙂 Pinned and sharing!
I hands down want this for my lunch today!!
heather @french press says
forget the kids, I want one for lunch!! and is it wrong of me to be super happy mine kids are back in school?
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Oh my gosh – how great an idea is THIS?? I am totally making these ASAP for Jordan’s lunch because taco meat is the one thing she’ll eat!
Katherines Corner says
Squeal!l I can’t wait to make these for our five grandchildren! I invite you to share at my Thursday blog hop. Hugs!
Jaren (Diary of a Recipe Collector) says
This is such a fun and great lunch idea!!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Ive never made savoury hand pies before. Thanks for the inspiration!
I’m looking forward to trying these. Thanks for sharing. ^^
Erin @ Making Memories says
Oh my! These look amazing. My kids would love these! And I cracked up at your story. I’m with you – I love the special times together but quiet will be nice too =o)
I love this idea! My kids would definitely eat them. Thanks!
Do you think they would freeze well? I’m trying to get into making big batches of things for lunches to spread out over time.
I absolutely think you could freeze these, either before or after baking.
Creatively Homespun says
YUM!!! Way to rock it this week!! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board!! I hope to see you again this week! xo!
Wow, these look great and so easy. I am definitely trying them!
Thanks for linking up to This is How We Roll linky party!
Theresa @DearCreatives says
My daughter would love these. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.
Pinned. Featured. Linda @crafts a la mode
Awh, when my youngest was little he would sit with lego characters and act whole films out, whispering the dialogue thinking no one could hear him, it was so sweet! I miss that!
The pies look amazing too and even though my kids are big people now I’m pretty sure they would love these.
I have these in the oven for my kids’ lunches, thanks for the great idea! My question is, do you just put them in the lunchbox from the freezer, and have them eat them cold, or do you defrost and reheat them? Thanks!
I defrost them. Sometimes I warm them in the microwave then wrap them in foil so they stay “warm” until lunchtime.
Art from My Table says
I love that these are also freezer friendly! They’ll be perfect for those busy weekends!
Alyssa Mosher says
These look so crispy and yummy!
I love these. I make them for my kids all the time and they gobble them up. Thanks for this delicious and fun treat.
Tanya Schroeder says
I’m so happy to hear this! They are a little bit of work, but they are worth it! My kids love them in their school lunches.
If you froze these would you microwave them to re-heat and send in a lunch or re-bake in oven. How long would you heat them for. How long would they last in a freezer?
Tanya Schroeder says
Yes, I would microwave them then place them in foil for the kids to take to school. They would only take 45 seconds or so to heat up. They should last a couple of months in the freezer if stored in an air-tight container.
You cant buy Pie Dough in NZ. Would Puff or Flaky Pastry do instead ?
Tanya Schroeder says
Julia Frey says
These taco hand pies are the cutest and the tastiers little treats. Thank for sharing this recipe!
Julie Blanner says
Made these in the girls’ lunches for the first day of school! They loved making them, and I can’t wait to hear how they tasted tonight!
These are so much fun to make and to eat!
Laura Reese says
Can’t wait to try these on Taco Tuesday.
My kids loved these! They can’t wait for me to make it again!
My god these are amazing. I’ve got a pretty particular 19 month old who’s been reluctant to try just about anything. She’s currently demolishing one of these and kept watching them bake in the oven waiting for them to be ready. I did homemade pie crust and used canned refried beans because the texture is a little easier for her. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Tanya Schroeder says
Ha yay! My kids were the inspiration for these hand pies. They love having them in their lunches. So easy to sneak things in them too!
So you don’t drain off the fat from the beef? Or did I totally miss that step?
Tanya Schroeder says
I usually use the leanest beef possible, often there isn’t much to drain. However, if you do have fattier ground beef, please drain.
I want to know how you get 20 pies because I’ve tried these twice and I’ve never gotten more than 12. I used a 3 inch cutter and reroll as needed but even the scraps don’t get me more than 2 more.
Tanya Schroeder says
I’m sorry Ronnette, I’m not sure what we are doing differently! They are small little pies for sure.
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