May 23, 2019

STOKES + X-Plated: Easy As Pie

Welcome to another one of the STOKES + X-Plated articles!

We partnered with our friends at X-Plated to give you some mouth watering restaurant-style recipes that will blow your guests away!

Watch as host Chris Patheiger teams up with Niagara’s best chefs to create restaurant-style dishes right in your kitchen!

Find out what they’re cooking below!

If it was up to us, it would be Taco Tuesday every day! Now image a taco in a pie, we’ll give you a minute. Tara Nicholson from St. Catharines’ Itty Bitty Pie Company has a recipe for you that makes savoury, cheesy and pastry taco pies! We’re totally here for it!

Complete this easy dish with our pie making essentials, and don’t forget the beer!

Our thinkkitchen Wide Rolling Pin is a must-have! Use it to roll out your pie crust!

In order to get that perfect chop, our thinkkitchen Ceramic Chef Knife does the job!

This delicious dish isn’t complete without a pie dish. You can choose to make one big pie to serve or make mini ones and serve them on a plate once ready!

If you’re someone who loves to turn any dessert into something savoury, then this dish will definitely become your new favourite recipe!

Makes 10 x 5” pies or 2 x 9” pies
  • 5 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups shortening
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water
  • 1 large Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 bunch Cilantro
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese for each pie
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 can black beans
  • Beef soup base
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup cumin
  • 1 tsp pepper
  1. Measure flour into a bowl and then add salt and mix. Cut shortening in with a fork and knife. Add approx. 1 cup water and mix lightly. Repeat with remaining water. Do not over mix. Lightly flour table and place a ball of dough and roll out. Set aside.

  2. Melt butter in a large pot. Fry onions until translucent and then add garlic stirring regularly. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Then, add black beans, beef base, chili powder, cumin and water and stir until all mixed and cook for 10 min. Cool and place in refrigerator until ready to assemble pies.

  3. Place 1/3 cup of filling into pastry inside of pie tin. Top with grated cheddar cheese. Place pastry on top and using a fork, press the bottom and top together.

  4. Bake at 350 for 45 - 60 min or freeze and bake later from frozen!


We’ve got you covered on what you’ll need and how to make this awesome spin on tacos and pies! If you want to see Nicholson on X-Plated in action, watch her episode here.

Don’t forget to follow and tag @chispath and @stokesstores on all your X-Plated dishes!

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