One Pot Taco Pasta

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time, I think it is safe to say that Mexican food is one of my favorites. However, it’s hard for me to pass up a big bowl of pasta!

On a night when I just can’t decide which sounds better, this One Pot Taco Pasta recipe comes in handy. This dinner is also great when I don’t feel like doing a bunch of dishes (which is every night!).

Like many of my recipes, this dish it’s super easy and requires minimal ingredients. (Busy moms and wives need dinners like this, am I right?!)

You’ll brown your ground beef and then add in most of the other ingredients.

When the mixture comes to a boil, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.

Mix in your shredded cheese, salt and pepper to taste, and that’s it! Dinner is ready in less than 30 minutes.

Top it off with your favorite taco ingredients – sour cream, jalapeños, tortilla chips – the topping are almost endless.

Hope you enjoy the recipe and try it yourself! Husband and kid approved.

One Pot Taco Pasta

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. penne pasta
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1.25 oz. packet of taco seasoning
  • 1 cup salsa (use your fave!)
  • 4 oz. can diced green chilies
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese (optional)*
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Additional toppings: Sour cream, jalapeños, tortilla chips, etc.

Directions

  1. In a large skillet (that comes with a lid), brown ground beef on medium high.
  2. Drain grease and wipe out skillet.
  3. Add ground beef back to pan and stir in taco seasoning, water, salsa, pasta, and green chilies.
  4. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 15-17 minutes, or until pasta is tender.
  5. Mix in cheese (optional)*, salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine.
  6. Serve with desired toppings.

*I like to mix the shredded cheese right in to make the pasta creamier, but you’re welcome to leave it out. The dish would taste great either way!

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Beef & Bean Chili

The weather here is insane this week! It’s the middle of January and there should be snow and cold temps. Instead we’ve had lots of rain and temps as high as 70 degrees! Cray cray I tell you.

Even if it does feel like spring outside, I still have winter on the brain. And winter means comfort food. And comfort food means chili. Yummmm!

Today I’m sharing my recipe for Beef & Bean Chili. It’s hearty and comforting, and perfect on a cold winter night. Serve it up with grilled cheese for a filling dinner.

Have a great weekend!

(Ignore the butter in the background. I needed it a room temp for a cake I was making. The stove was warming it up, hehe)

Beef & Bean Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1/2 white or yellow onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can diced “chili ready” tomatoes (or regular diced tomatoes)
  • 1 16 oz. can mild chili beans (I use Brooks brand)
  • 1 40 oz. can hot chili beans (I use Brooks brand)
  • 1 10 oz. can original Rotel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 packets chili seasoning mix (I use McCormick brand)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, oyster cracker, saltines

Directions

  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet on medium. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Mix 1 packet of chili seasoning into beef.
  2. Wipe down skillet with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and heat on medium. Add in diced onion and sprinkle with salt and pepper, about 1 tsp. each. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until onion is translucent.
  3. In a large pot, add beef, onion, tomatoes, beans, Rotel, brown sugar, chicken broth, the other packet of chili seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste (you will want to start with a couple tsp. of each and add more as needed after the chili is warmed through).
  4. Heat chili on medium until bubbling, then reduce to a simmer until ready to serve.

The chili will last in the fridge for 3-4 days. Its great having it for leftovers! You can also mix it up a bit by making hot dogs or baked potatoes to serve it over. Delish!

Note: You could also make this chili in the slow cooker. Follow steps 1 and 2, then instead of adding the ingredients to a pot on the stove, put them in your slow cooker and set to low for 2 hours. After that, it can sit on warm all day and will taste better the longer it sits! I would stir it a few times through out the day to keep it from sticking to the sides of the cooker too much.

Beef & Cheese Quesadillas

The hubby will be gone this weekend as he preaches a revival for a church a couple hours from where we live.

Its going to be a lonely weekend for baby girl and I…

But, I’m sure we will find some fun things to do to fill the time. Like shopping, of course!

Any time my husband has to go out of town, I hardly ever cook a meal. Its just not worth the effort when Emma and I can eat cereal and everyone is happy (just a joke, I feed my kid more than cereal; although it is her fave!).

However, on the off chance I do decide to cook something, its usually quick and easy (like most of our meals!).

Beef & Cheese Quesadillas are no exception to this! I ALWAYS have the ingredients for this recipe on hand and its one of our staple meals. It also makes plenty of leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day, so that’s always a plus for me.

I’m sure a lot of you already have your own recipe for these types of quesadillas. And of course Pinterest is probably loaded with similar recipes, but this is how I make them  🙂

Have a great Friday and weekend guys!

 

Beef & Cheese Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Packet of taco seasoning (or 2-3 tbsp of a homemade version)
  • 8-9 taco-sized flour tortillas
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese (or whatever you prefer)
  • Olive oil
  • Sour cream, taco sauce, shredded lettuce (optional toppings)

Directions

  1. Cook ground beef on medium to medium-high heat in a large skillet until no longer pink. Drain excess fat and wipe the skillet clean.
  2. In a small bowl, mix ground beef and taco seasoning. Add a splash of water if it seems a bit dry.
  3. Drizzle 2 tsp. of olive oil in your skillet and heat over medium.
  4. In each tortilla, sprinkle 1 tbsp of cheese, 2 tbsp of meat, and another tbsp of cheese on half of the tortilla. Fold over and press the top gently with your hand to help keep it closed.
  5. Once your oil is ready, lay two filled tortillas in the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes on each side, or until the tortillas are crispy, browned and the cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with Mexican rice or refried beans.