Jack O’Lantern Pie

Before I became a mama, I never fully understood the lengths people would go to in order to get their children to eat.  When we were pregnant, the Tall Boy and I had long discussions about how we were going to raise our son and the things we would or would not do…for instance, we would not prepare special meals for this kid.


It’s now become my mission in life to find meals I can make that are not only kid-friendly, but also parent friendly.  I’m open to ideas, so if you have some, shoot them my way, mmmkay?

Jack O’Lantern Pie


1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion (I actually omitted this, since the Doodlebug won’t eat anything that has even touched an onion)
2 teaspoons flour
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup barbeque sauce
1 cup corn
1 4-ounce can chopped green chilis
1 sheet refrigerated pie crust

1 egg and orange food coloring


Cook beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat.  In a small bowl, combine the flour, salsa and barbeque sauce until blended and stir into skillet.  Add corn and green chilis.

Transfer mixture to a pie plate.  Using a sharp knife, cut out your jack-o-lantern face.  Place over meat mixture, fluting the edges.  Beat egg and food coloring and brush over pastry.

Bake at 450 until golden brown, about 10 minutes.


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  1. amy @ fearless homemaker

    this is adorable (+ the savory pie itself sounds pretty darn tasty, too.) i’ll definitely have to give it a try for a weeknight dinner one night soon. + heck, i might even make the jack o’lantern design as a fun surprise for hubby. he loves halloween so i bet he’d get a kick out of it!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      If I had made this for just hubby and me, I would have left out the chili sauce and added more salsa, green chilis, and jalepenos. We’re slowly trying to work the kiddo up to our heat level, but it’s a slow process. 🙂

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      It’s definitely a fun dish to make with kids!


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