Okay, raise your hand if you like tacos! Me, me, me! Normally you would serve tacos in a corn or flour tortilla, but how about something a little different, like a tart, a taco tart! Puff pastry is what makes our tart EASY and all the toppings make it fun and personal! It’s kind of like creating a personal pizza, but it’s a personal tart… a taco tart!
By this time in the winter, I’m starting to really crave fresh foods, like many of the toppings that we used. I’m getting tired of hot soups and heavy, savory foods. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but I’m looking forward to light, fresh summer foods, and potato salad, pasta salad, gazpacho with fresh tomatoes, and farmers markets goodness. So while you’re chopping those pretty veggies, dream a little of summer for me. Especially since yet another snowstorm is heading our way. I need every bit and thought of summer I can get!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 packet taco seasoning
- ¼ cup onion, chopped
- 1 can refried beans
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 package puff pastry sheet, thawed
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded iceberg lettuce
- shredded cheddar cheese
- chopped tomatoes
- sliced olives
- diced red onion
- chopped red pepper
- sour cream
- green onions
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Thaw the puff pastry sheet following the package instructions. (It usually takes about 30 - 45 minutes.) Once thawed, place the puff pastry sheet onto a pizza stone or cookie sheet with parchment paper. If the puff pastry breaks at all while unfolding, no worries, you can just smudge it back together.
- While the puff pastry is thawing, you can brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Chop your onion and add to beef. Once browned, drain the beef, then add your taco seasoning, and stir until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.
- Chop your toppings and place into small bowls for serving.
- Once your puff pastry is thawed, the meat cooked, and your toppings chopped, you are ready to start building the tart. Onto the puff pastry sheet, spoon and spread the refried beans to within a half inch of the edges of the pastry sheet. Then spread the ground beef over the refried beans.
- Bake for 15 - 20 minutes. Check the edges of the puff pastry for doneness. I like mine on the crisp side, and you want to make sure that the underside of the pastry is cooked, so I baked it for the full 20 minutes. It all depends on your oven.
- In the last five minutes, sprinkle the tart with the shredded cheese. That way it'll melt during the final few minutes in the oven.
- Remove the taco tart and place on a trivet or wooden cutting board. Cut slices using a serrated knife or pizza cutter.
- Everyone can top their slice with all the delicious toppings that you prepared. It's like a taco tortilla, only it's a tart!