You may noticed I’ve been on a taco kick lately. Youngest and I enjoy our tacos. Now that I’ve figured out the yummiest taco meat, I make it at least once a week.
During my weekly meal prep, I made extra of the taco meat and froze it in my Souper cubes. Yes, I got some of them and absolutely love them. This way the taco meat is ready to go if I want to eat nachos or just don’t feel like cooking.
What do I need for the recipe?
ground beef – I know ground beef prices are expensive. Sometimes the family packs are cheaper. Get one of those, double or triple the recipe, and then freeze for later.
taco seasoning – Homemade or store bought – My favorite is from a local place.
onion, optional – You could also add some diced up bell peppers in the taco meat.
salsa or fire roasted salsa style tomatoes – I found fire roasted salsa style tomatoes at my local grocery store. They add a certain flavor to the taco meat. If your store doesn’t have that type of tomatoes substitute salsa.
Tortillas – Flour, corn, or hard taco shells – It doesn’t matter.
Your favorite toppings: Cilantro, sour cream, lettuce, shredded cabbage, black beans or re-fried beans, jalapenos, tomato, cheese
Other uses for the taco meat
Nachos – The meat would be delicious on nachos. Yum!
Taco salad – Add some French, Catalina, or ranch dressing on top. Or you could skip the dressing and use salsa instead.
Taco fries – Doesn’t that sound delicious? Or is it just me?
Walking tacos – Fritos, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Last week, I put bramble beans on our menu but didn’t have time to meal prep. So when it came time to cook the recipe, I had to change up how I was going to cook the meal. I decided to make it in my Instant Pot instead of the crockpot. It was easy to do.
So what do you serve with the bramble beans?
A simple side dish would be either a salad or frozen/ canned veggies warmed up.
One of my mom’s favorite meals was Johnny Marzetti. When I was Googling the history of the name of Johnny Marzetti, I noticed a lot of the recipes bake it. The difference with my recipe is that I don’t. My recipe is more of an American goulash.
Welcome to Day 6 of the 31 Days of Slow Cooking. Today I’m featuring sloppy Joes.
The Imaginative One is a Boy Scout. For the past year, he’s tried to get all of the requirements done so that he can move up to first class. On Tuesday night, he met up with an Eagle Scout who helps with the troop to assure he has all the requirements done. Then once he got home from the meeting, he called the advisor who holds the Board of Review so that he could set up an appointment. Next Tuesday, he’s going to meet with the advisors so that they could determine if he’s ready to move up to first class. I’m so proud of him.
We also had his parent teacher conference. One thing about the Imaginative One is that he is a big reader. When he crossed over to Boy Scouts in February of 2015, he would read during the majority of the meetings instead of paying attention. As time passed, he has become more and more social. Anywho, Hubby was told that the teacher didn’t know if the Imaginative One was paying attention in class because he will socialize at times. It turns out the class is the English Language Arts class. One of his Boy Scouts buddies is in that class. I never thought I would hear that about the Imaginative One.
This is an easy recipe to put together in the slow cooker. Sloppy Joes are great for lunch or even dinner.
Once you make up a batch, freeze smaller portions so you can have sloppy Joes whenever you don’t feel like cooking. I did this before the Fourth of July. Then I ended up getting sick on the Fourth. Luckily I had the sloppy Joes in the freezer so the family still had a delicious meal on the Fourth of July.
Stars of the Recipe:
1 & ½ lbs. Ground beef, browned and drained
1 envelope onion soup mix or ¼ c. homemade onion soup mix
1 c. ketchup
1 c. water
2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
Combine all ingredients except for buns in the slow cooker.
The other day I had to change our menu because we changed our plans for the week. I had gone through our pantry and noticed we had a lot of spaghetti noodles. So instead of barbecue chicken legs, I decided to have spaghetti.