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Cheese, roasted red peppers and green chiles fill a flaky pie crust for this crowd-pleasing appetizer.

Tex Mex Appetizer Tart on Taste and Tell

For some reason, I felt like I needed to post one more perfect game-day food, even though the big football game is only a couple of days away and you probably already have your menu planned.

But what if I gave you one more recipe and told you that you need to make it?

And what if I told you that it is so easy that it only takes minutes to throw together?

What about if I told you that you don’t even need to have a football game as an excuse to make this – that I’m pretty sure you just need to make it right away??

Tex Mex Appetizer Tart

I feel like all I really need to tell you about this Tex-Mex Appetizer Tart is that you should make it. So good. So easy. So fast.

And I’m pretty sure that not a crumb will be left after you introduce this to your guests.

I had a coupon for a free package of pie crusts, so I made this super easy by using a pre-made crust. I can only imagine how delicious it would be with a homemade crust. But if you are looking for something super fast and easy, a store bought crust totally works. The recipe makes 16 servings, but I cut mine into 8 slices for servings that were a little more substantial. If you are serving an array of appetizers, I would cut it into 16 slices, but don’t be surprised if people come back for seconds!

Tex Mex Appetizer Tart recipe

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Tex-Mex Appetizer Tart
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Cheese, roasted red peppers and green chile fill a flaky pie crust for this crowd-pleasing appetizer.
Serves: 16 servings
  • 1 (10 to 11-inch) pie crust
  • 1½ cups shredded colby jack cheese
  • ½ cup roasted red peppers, chopped
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 can (4-oz) diced green chiles
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon chile powder
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  1. Preheat the oven to 375.
  2. Lay the pie crust on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the cheese, red peppers, mayonnaise, green chiles, cumin and chile powder. Spread the mixture on the pie crust, up to 1-inch of the edges. Fold the edges of the pie up over the filling, forming a 1-inch border.
  4. Bake until the crust is golden brown, about 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the cilantro. Let sit 10 minutes before cutting into wedges to serve.
slightly adapted from Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off

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15 Responses to Tex-Mex Appetizer Tart

  1. Wow, this definitely is one of those unique party foods! I am all for eat Mexican in a flaky pie crust (even though it is conventional)

  2. patsyk says:

    This looks like a fun appy to add in with the various dips and other finger foods… and who can say no to something cheesy!

  3. Karly says:

    I just made something similar for lunch yesterday! But I used pizza crust and bacon. Your pictures are STUNNING, Deborah. Love your photography!

  4. Amy says:

    oh that looks amazing!!!

  5. Oh yum! I want to face dive right into that cheesy goodness! I keep thinking I know what I’m going to make for the super bowl, but then I see things like this! I want to make it all!! Pinning!

  6. Gwen says:

    Nope. I’m a total procrastinator to the core. Thanks for all the yummy snacks we love Tex Mex!!

  7. This looks crazy good! I can’t wait to try!

  8. I love everything about this recipe!

  9. Chels R. says:

    This makes me wish I would watch the super bowl! Looks delish!

  10. Tieghan says:

    Really gorgeous shots!! Loving this recipe! 🙂

  11. marla says:

    A stunning recipe! Pinned & sharing on Facebook later today 🙂

  12. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This would be gone in a flash, such a perfect appetizer 🙂

  13. Joanne says:

    Oh no, we don’t need any excuse to make this other than YUM.

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