Pudgie Pie Tasty Tacos (Pie Iron Recipe) are a fun and tasty campfire dinner recipe! Delicious taco meat, ooey-gooey cheese, and other favorite fillings are melted together inside toasted flour tortillas. Your family will love these!
Did you know that you can also cook these pie iron stuffed tacos over a camp stove or grill? Yep! See our cooking instructions below.
❤️ Pudgie Pie Tacos
"Pudgie pie tacos are a combination of an overstuffed taco, a quesadilla, and a panini all rolled into one. SO DELICIOUS!! Another fun recipe to make with the family. Make the taco meat at home, and these are a breeze to make." 🙂 -Kori
Fun and Easy to Make
With only 4 to 6 simple ingredients all cooked in your pie iron, these pie iron stuffed tacos couldn't get any easier - and cleanup is super simple!
Kids love this recipe because the tortillas and meat are easy to assemble!
These are better than tacos because the delicious taco meat and cheese is stuffed in between two flour tortillas then toasted.
The meat and cheese mix comes out perfect, and there is just something about the taste of the tortillas over the fire that adds AMAZING flavor. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!
How To Serve
Need easy serving suggestions? Pudgie Pie Tacos can certainly be a meal in one but if you're looking for a little more, here are some simple ideas of what to serve with them:
- Feeding a crowd? For every pie taco, you need approximately2 tortillas, 1/4 to 1/3 cup taco meat, 1/4 cup greater cheese, and 1 to 2 tablespoons of miscellaneous other toppings such as sliced olives and green onions. This recipe serves 6.
- Salsa and sour cream for dipping.
- Grilled corn is amazing with this dish!
- A fresh side salad is also easy to make and goes well with these pie tacos.
- Dessert! What about these S'Mores Cones or even these make-ahead S'Mores Brownies?
Ingredients and Tools
Here's what you'll need to make these delicious Pudgie Pie Tasty Tacos:
- Ground Beef - you can also substitute ground chicken or turkey
- Taco Seasoning - any taco seasoning packet will do, or you can make this healthy homemade taco seasoning from our sister site Seeking Good Eats! I bet you have all the ingredients on hand already. 🙂
- Flour Tortillas - use the 6" fajita sized tortillas
- Cheese - we used cheddar, but you could use a Monterey jack or even a pepper jack cheese
- Olives - use sliced olives. If you don't like olives, just leave them out.
- Green Onion - I love the freshness that green onions add, but feel free to leave them out.
- Optional: butter for spreading on the outside the tortillas, plus any other favorite taco toppings, sour cream, salsa, etc.
- Pie Iron 4 pack or Pie Iron Single - feel free to use any brand! We've owned the Rome brand for years and they've held up nicely.
- Nonstick spray
- Cutting board - for assembling the tacos and cutting after cooking - MAKE SURE IT IS HEAT PROOF so your hot pie iron won't melt it.
- Knife - for cutting the pudgie pie taco if desired
- Paper Towels - things can sometimes get messy!
- Potholders, grill mitts, or long tongs - in case you need to save someone's pie iron from the depths of the ashes! It happens.
There are several ways you can vary or make substitutions to this recipe:
- Butter the tortillas beforehand if desired. You can even sprinkle with some garlic powder or salt, or another favorite seasoning on the outside!
- Substitute ground chicken or turkey for taco meat.
- Add a few sliced jalapenos for some extra heat
- Substitute any favorite grated cheese. If you don't feel like grating the cheese you can use a cheese slice.
- Get creative and a tablespoon or two of other favorite taco fillings - black beans, refried beans, drained diced tomatoes, canned corn, finely diced onion, etc.
Step by Step Instructions
Here's how to make Pudgie Pie Tasty Tacos:
Make Taco Meat
In a medium skillet, brown ground beef. Add taco seasoning and water, and cook according to seasoning instructions. Time-Saving Tip: make the taco meat at home before you leave on your camping trip!
Generously spray the pudgie pie maker with nonstick spray.
Lay one tortilla on the pie iron then fill with about 1/2 cup taco meat, 1/4 cup cheese, and about 1 to 2 tablespoons of your favorite taco fillings such as sliced olives and green onion.
Note: it is not necessary, but you can butter that outside of your tortillas before laying in the pie iron.
Lay the second tortilla over the top. SEcure the pie iron and trim any excess tortilla from around the side.
You can cook your Pudgie Pie Taco over a campfire, but did you know that you can also cook them on your camp stove or even grill? This is a great option if it rains or you aren't able to get a fire going! Here's what to do:
- Campfire - cook your pie taco for 4 to 7 minutes, turning halfway, until the tortilla is golden brown and the filling is hot. For best results keep the pie iron in a hot area of coals but not TOO HOT. It is easy for the tortillas to burn so keep an eye on them.
- Camp Stove - Turn your camp stove on medium heat and lay your pie iron directly on the stove grate over the flame. Cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side
- Grill - Preheat your grill to medium heat (300 to 400 degrees). Lay your taco pies directly on the grill and cook for approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side until the tortilla is golden brown and the filling is hot.
Serve and Enjoy
Carefully open the pie irons and remove your taco. Let them sit for a few minutes before eating -they're really hot when they first come out.
Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping if you want. Enjoy!
- Don't forget to generously spray the pie irons before each taco that you make.
- Cook your taco meat before you leave home, it will make for an even quicker dinner and much easier cleanup while camping.
- See our cooking instructions above. You can also cook these on your camp stove or grill if needed! 🙂 I've even made these at home on my gas stovetop before!
❓ Common Questions
What is a Pudgie Pie?
A pudgie pie is a popular term used most often in the midwest to describe sandwiches and desserts cooked between two cast iron plates, or a pie iron maker. Other terms used for a pudgie pie are a mountain pie, toastie, or jaffles.
The most common recipes are made by taking 2 slices of buttered bread and adding filling. The pie iron is then closed and the pudgie pie is then toasted over a campfire until hot and golden. You can also use biscuit dough, pie dough, even pizza dough - the possibilities are endless.
How long do you cook pudgie pies?
Pudgie pies are cooked over a campfire, camp stove, or a grill for approximately 5 to 8 minutes, turning frequently to prevent burning.
✔️ More Pie Iron Recipes
Here are a few more pie iron recipes that you might enjoy:
- Campfire Pie Iron Pizzas
- Pie Iron Sausage and Egg Hobo Pies
- Cherry Mountain Pie Recipe (Pie Iron Cherry Pies)
- 25+ Pie Iron Recipes (Perfect Pudgie Pies)
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Pudgie Pie Tasty Tacos (Pie Iron Recipe) are so fun and tasty to make! Perfect camping food or even a FUN staycation idea! 🙂 This campfire dinner idea can be made over a campfire, but also your camp stove, and even grill! The perfect camping food dinner with tasty taco meat, ooey gooey cheese, and filling melted together inside toasted flour tortillas. Your family will go nuts over these! #campingfood #tacos #pieironrecipe #pudgiepies #tonkatoaster #campfirepies #campfiredesserts #RVcooking #firepies