Everything in your pantry goes into this Texas trash pie! Decadent chocolate chips, sweet coconut flakes, salty pretzels, rich pecans and so much more are packed into each slice.
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Even if you’re a big fan of pie, Texas Trash Pie might be a new one to you. It’s something totally different from your standard Banana Cream Pie or Cherry Pie—but it’s different in the best kind of way!
Texas trash pie actually gets its name because it has so many exciting ingredients mixed together. Just put all the “trash” into one pie crust and call it a day! But, in reality, all the mix-ins go so well together and create the perfect sweet and salty pie. It may just become your favorite pie ever.
Texas Trash Pie Recipe
Besides the amazing flavor of my Texas trash pie, I also adore how easy this recipe is to make. If you know how to measure and stir, then you can make this pie. In fact, you can make Texas trash pie in less than 5 minutes. Add everything to a big bowl, mix it up, put it in a pie crust, and bake! Your pie will be ready in no time.
The Texas trash pie ingredients I use are also pretty flexible. You can easily omit the ones you don’t like or you can double up on those that you love. I have made Texas trash pie without coconut, with double chocolate, and even with some butterscotch chips thrown in for good luck. Use what you have, use what you love and you are sure to create the best Texas trash pie ever!
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Frozen pie crust – Use a store-bought or homemade pie crust. A plain pie crust is perfect, but if you can find a chocolate pie crust, that will be delicious as well!
- Dark chocolate chips – Dark chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, or even white chocolate chips will work.
- Soft caramels – I like to use Werther’s Original soft caramels. They have a lot of flavor and can be found in most grocery stores.
- Graham cracker crumbs
- Shredded sweetened coconut – Unsweetened coconut can be used to make a less sweet Texas trash pie.
- Pecans – Buy pre-chopped pecans to save yourself a little time.
- Pretzels – Either broken pretzel sticks or twists can be used.
- Melted butter
- Vanilla extract
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Use chocolate graham cracker crumbs to make the pie even more decadent.
- Swap the pecans for salted peanuts.
- Use chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups in place of chocolate chips.
- Add ½ cup of rainbow sprinkles to make the Texas trash pie perfect for a birthday celebration.
How to Make Texas Trash Pie
- Preheat the oven: Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Make sure the rack is in the center of your oven.
- Prep the pie crust: Roll out the frozen pie crust and place it in a 9” pie pan. Press the crust down into the pan. You can leave the edge of the pie crust flat or pinch the rim all the way around the edges to make a pretty design.
- Mix the filling: Add all of the ingredients for the pie filling to a large bowl and stir well. Make sure everything is well-blended and coated with the sweetened condensed milk and melted butter. The filling will be very thick.
- Pour and bake: Pour the filling into the pie crust, then bake the pie for about 45 minutes. The top of the pie will be golden brown and no longer jiggly in the center.
- Cool and slice: Let the Texas trash pie cool for about 15 minutes, then slice and serve. It is especially delicious with some whipped cream on top!
This Texas trash pie recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and it doesn’t take any more time to put together. I love making this dessert for a big group and for dessert buffets.
How to Store Texas Trash Pie
Once your pie is baked and cooled, you can wrap it with plastic wrap and store it at room temperature for 2-3 days. You can also keep the pie well-wrapped in the fridge for up to a week.
My Texas trash pie also freezes well. Double-wrap the pie and keep it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let the pie thaw at room temperature, then slice and enjoy!
You may want to microwave the chilled slices for about 15 seconds to warm them up and freshen up the pie. There is nothing as tasty as a warm, gooey piece of Texas trash pie!
The Royer’s Roundtop Cafe is the original home of the Texas trash pie. The Royer family created this pie as a comfort food that simply used everything in the kitchen. The pie has since been featured on TV shows and in magazines. The pie may be a whole mix of random things, but the taste is truly amazing.
Yes. You can use a par-baked pie crust in place of a frozen crust. You may want to gently lay a piece of foil over the pie halfway through baking to prevent the crust from getting too dark.
I like to serve the pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream on top. I also think the pie tastes best when slightly warm. All that melted chocolate and gooey caramel is amazing when it is nice and soft.
Texas Trash Pie
- 1 9-inch frozen pie crust
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 15 soft caramels, cut into quarters
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup chopped pretzels
- ½ cup melted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix all of the filling ingredients together in a large bowl. Make sure everything is well blended.
- Pour the filling into the frozen pie crust and spread it flat inside the crust.
- Bake the pie for 45 minutes. The pie should be a dark brown and be set in the center. Let it cool for about 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
- I like to use Werther’s Original soft caramels which are easy to cut and can be found in most grocery stores.
- No need to thaw the pie crust for this recipe; you can fill the crust straight out of the freezer.
- If the top of the pie starts to become too dark as it bakes, gently lay a piece of foil over the top of the pie and continue baking. The foil will block the direct heat from the oven, preventing the top from burning but still letting the filling continue to cook.