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.
As I stated in my Menu Planning blog post, I’m part of the launch party for Eat at Home’s newest cookbook. (For more information about the cookbook, click here.)
Tonight Hubby and the boys are going to have the Memphis BBQ Chicken Tacos before heading to either work or our town’s block party. The recipe calls for cooked chicken. I used my Instant Pot to poach the chicken.
Since our area has a heat advisory, it was nice not having to warm up the kitchen in order to poach the chicken.
I used fresh chicken breasts today but you can use frozen chicken breasts instead.
What is needed for this recipe:
chicken breast or thighs, fresh or frozen
water or chicken broth
seasoning: 21 Seasoning Salute, Trader Joe’s seasoning salt, Everything but the bagel seasoning, or salt and pepper
As I have said in previous blogs, there are two food items that I seem to not to be able to make in the traditional manner. Those are hard boiled eggs and mashed potatoes. On Thanksgiving eve, I tried to make the mashed potatoes and then had to call my mother-in-law to ask her to make the mashed potatoes.
So on Valentine’s Day, I decided we were going to have oven fried chicken. What goes great with the oven fried chicken? Mashed potatoes. I was a brave little soul and made them in the pressure cooker. They were delicious!