Monday, May 23, 2011

Tuesday’s Tips and Tricks: Easy Go-To Meal


You know those nights when you need to get something on the table quickly, but you didn’t plan ahead or just plain don’t feel like cooking?  One of my go-to meals for those kind of nights is taco meat.  It’s fast, easy, inexpensive, if necessary it can go from freezer to table in a matter of minutes, it’s kid friendly, and it’s very versatile.

Tacos aren’t the only way to use it.  If you have tortillas, make burritos or quesadillas.  If you’ve got tortilla chips, serve nachos.  If you’ve got lettuce, make taco salad.  If you have refrigerated biscuits, press each biscuit into a muffin tin, fill each with taco meat, top with cheese, and bake to make taco cups.  Use any combination of toppings you like for any of these options.

As I mentioned last week, I rinse my cooked ground beef to reduce the greasy factor.  Another trick I have when making taco meat is to use about 1/2 pound of beef and add a can of black beans; it reduces the fat further and costs less than using a full pound of beef.

I keep packets of McCormick taco seasoning on hand (contains no added MSG), but if you’re in a pinch you can look online for homemade taco seasoning, such as this one from allrecipes.  I personally haven’t found one that I like as well as the commercial packets, but they work when needed.


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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

I love black beans! Wonder if my family would notice me adding them in???

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That's a great idea to bulk up the meat for less. I love your tips, Holly.

And I know what you mean about the link party thing in your post below. It must be very irksome for you.


FrouFrouBritches said...

I do taco meat a lot too! I love tacos and the kids usually have nachos. My sister has started using a recipe that mixes fat free refried beans and meat together. I love beans so black or rectors would work for me. Great tip Holly!

Richella said...

So you use 1/2 meat and 1/2 black beans? That sounds like a great combo. I love black beans. What do your kids think about that combination?

I've never thought of doing anything with taco meat other than simply making tacos. Do you freeze the already-seasoned meat if you have leftovers, or do you just freeze ground beef and make it up fresh each time?

Thanks for the tips!

laughwithusblog said...

I do this as well, but haven't ever made taco cups. What a great idea! Thanks you!