Beef Lover’s

True comfort food at it’s greatest

When I think of the comfort foods Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots my mouth begins to water. Mmm…yummy, my mouth is watering right now just thinking about those two. I realize they are unhealthy but they are out of this world true comfort food.

Here's a savory casserole that
you seriously can't go with as it has tater tots and sloppy Joes all wrapped into one dish. It's quick and easy to prepare. Did I mention that it's pure comfort food? Your family will certainly LOVE this recipe! What more could you want?

Crock Pot Tater Tot Sloppy Joe Casserole Recipe

Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
½ onion, diced
1 c tomato sauce
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1 can red kidney beans, optional
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1 bag tater tots, frozen

Directions

1. In a large skillet heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat. Once the oil is hot place the meat, onion, garlic, pepper and salt into the skillet, stirring occasionally until meat is fully cooked. Once the meat is cooked remove from heat drain and the fat. Return it to the stove.

2.. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, and mustard to the beef mixture. Mix well. Add the kidney beans, if desired.

4. Spray the inside bowl of the slow cooker with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper. Pour a layer of tater tots onto the bottom of the bowl. Cover with the beef mixture. Place another layer of tater tots on top of the beef mixture.

5. Cover and Cook on LOW for eight hours or on HIGH for four hours. In the last thirty minutes of cooking, remove the lid and sprinkle on the cheese. Replace lid and continue cooking until the cheese is melted and gooey.

Serve with a dollop of sour cream or ketchup if you desire.

Source Tammilee Tips

The Frugal Chef

I had planned on cooking salmon the other evening. But when I made a dash to the store for my weekly grocery shopping trip. I saw that it was expensive, and, unfortunately, was not on sale. While I was in the store I decided to make a quick change that was a little bit more frugal. I found the perfect recipe to feed the family. It was Cheesy Beef Goulash.
It’s a family favorite that is thrifty, simple, flavorful and perfect for dinner any day of the week. It’s also a hit with the kids making it a hit with the whole family.

Cheesy Beef Goulash

Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef or 1 lb ground beef + 1 lb Breakfast pork sausage
3 tsp minced garlic
3 C water
2 15 oz cans tomato sauce
2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
3 bay leaves
3 Tbsp Bragg or soy sauce
1 Tbsp seasoned salt
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 C elbow macaroni, uncooked
1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Saute the ground meat in a skillet over medium-high heat until cooked. Drain. Toss the meat into a large pot. Then add garlic and saute for about three minutes. Add water, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, Italian seasoning, bay leaves, soy sauce, and seasoned salt. Stir well. Cover and allow to cook for fifteen-twenty minutes.

2. Stir in the uncooked elbow macaroni to skillet, stir well, return the lid and simmer for about thirty minutes. Turn off heat, remove the bay leaves, and add one cup of cheddar cheese right before serving.

Source Lil’ Luna

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Sloppy Joes in a bowl

One-Pot Sloppy Joe Noodle Skillet

1 Tbsp butter
1 large onion, peeled and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
2 – 15-oz cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
15 oz can tomato sauce
1/3 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp hot sauce or more to taste (I used Franks RedHot Buffalo Sauce.)
12 oz wide egg noodles (could be gluten free)
1-2 C shredded Mexican blend cheese

Directions:

1. Place a large deep saute pan over medium heat. Combine the butter, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Saute for three-four minutes to soften. Then push the veggies to the edges of the pan and add the ground beef. Break the ground beef into small chunks with a spoon. Cook the meat until it has browned and no longer pink. Discard the fat.

2. Combine two cans of diced tomatoes and one can tomato sauce to the pan. Use an empty can to add fifteen ounces of water to the pan. Then mix in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and hot sauce. Stir in the noodles and make sure they are well submerged. Then cover the pan and simmer for five-nine minutes until the pasta is cooked through. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed. Sprinkle cheese over the top and serve warm!

Source A Spicy Perspective

 

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Incredibly Tasty Homemade Tacos

I know that this is off subject, but as this year begins to wind down, I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes that I have cooked this year. I will have links to the recipes at the bottom of every post that I will be writing within the next couple of weeks, just like with yesterday’s article Chicken and wild rice soup. I will do my best to make sure that each post will stay within the same food category as the others. But I can’t make any promises because I might get a little side tracked.

Now on to the original subject.

I had quite a bit of the meat mixture leftover from last night’s dinner Beef Enchiladas, so I chose to use the remaining to make tacos for lunch for my big little brother and I. But I mainly made it for him because he’s real sweet and funny!

You too can easily make these delicious tacos with having the option of preparing them with a real kick or mild. Either way, I promise you they will taste great! 🙂

Homemade Tacos

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 oz can diced mild green chiles if desired
1 oz packet taco mix (Follow the instructions according to the package)
Flour Tortillas or Taco Shells

Favorite Toppings
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sour cream
Shredded lettuce

Directions

1. Pour a few drops of the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium- high heat and wait about a minute for the oil to get hot. Next, combine the ground beef and crumble (If you have one, use a potato masher to make it easier). Once ground beef is about halfway cooked, combine the onion, garlic, and green chiles (If you desire) and saute for three-six minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Drain the beef mixture. Pour meat back into the skillet and combine the taco mix (Follow the instructions according to the package on the back.)

3. After you have completed step two, spoon Taco mixture into hard taco shells. Serve with your favorite toppings, if desired. Enjoy!

By Courtney Kennedy

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My favorite recipes

White Chicken Enchiladas 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

Thirty Minute-Meal 

 

Mexican Food Enthusiast

Who loves Mexican food? I know I do! I just do NOT get tired of eating it! Tacos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas. There are several recipes for enchiladas, but this one is my favorite. Beef enchiladas with something extra… a homemade enchilada sauce!

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Just look at that gooey, melted cheese in the photo above!! *drools*

Okay, Courtney, let’s concentrate on the recipe here! Preparing your own enchilada sauce is super easy! It only takes fifteen-twenty minutes and a few of ingredients I trust you already have on hand.

These beef enchiladas are stuffed with a delicious beef, bean, and chili mixture, covered in a delicious homemade sauce and smothered in gooey cheese!

Beef Enchiladas with Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 yellow onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1.5 lbs ground beef
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 oz can diced mild green chiles
One can (15 oz) Goya black beans
10 flour tortillas
3 C Mexican-blend shredded cheese
1 can enchilada sauce; I used the brand El Paso or 1 batch homemade red enchilada sauce 
Dried cilantro for garnish

Directions

If you’re making homemade enchilada sauce, make it first.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining it with foil or parchment paper and grease it with non-stick cooking spray

Pour a few drops of the oil into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat and wait about a minute for the oil to get hot. Next, combine the ground beef and crumble (If you have one, use a potato masher to make it easier). Once ground beef is about halfway cooked, combine the onion, garlic, and green chiles and saute for three-six minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain the beef mixture.

To assemble the enchiladas, spread a few tablespoons of the enchilada sauce over the tortilla. Add beans in a line down the middle of the tortilla, then add a spoonful of the beef mixture, drizzle some more enchilada sauce over the meat, then add one-third of a cup of cheese. Roll up tortilla and place in your previously prepared greased 9 x 13″ baking pan. Continue with remaining tortillas. Cover the remaining enchilada sauce over the top of the tortillas, and sprinkle with the remaining shredded cheese.

Bake for twenty minutes, broiling the last few minutes if you want the cheese to be a more golden brown. Top it with chopped cilantro and green onions.

Court’s cooking notes** you could simply change out ground turkey, diced chicken, pre-cooked shredded chicken or all beans for the beef in this recipe.

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients

2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
2 Tbsp flour
4 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
2 C vegetable stock or chicken

Instructions

Heat oil in a small/medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine the flour and whisk together over the heat for one minute. Mix in the remaining seasonings (chili powder through cayenne pepper). Then slowly add the stock, continuously whisking to reduce lumps. Reduce to low heat and simmer for ten-fifteen minutes until thickened.

Use immediately or refrigerate in an air-tight container for up to two weeks

Source the chunky chef

Coming up next week on cooking with Court

Chicken Noodle Soup

My Texas Crockpot Chili

Slow Cooker Juicy Reuben Sandwiches

Side dish Garlic Parmesan Green Beans coated with bread crumbs

 

Out of this world Quesadillas

Who loves quesadillas? I know I do! 😀 Ha, last night was my first time to make them, and I think I did an excellent job for my first time lol.

These are easy, no-fuss quesadillas that are slightly crispy, completely cheesy and amazingly delicious! These Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas would make the perfect meal for busy weeknights!

Cheesy ground beef quesadillas

INGREDIENTS

1 Tbsp. Butter
⅓ cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 lb. extra lean ground beef
One can (8 oz) tomato sauce with basil, garlic, and oregano
1/8-1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes, if desired
Eight 10-inch flour tortillas
4 C shredded cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a big skillet, melt the butter. Combine diced onion and cook until the onion starts to turn transparent and edges become golden brown. Combine the ground beef and a pinch of salt and cook until meat is no longer pink. Drain any grease. Combine the tomato sauce and the red pepper flakes and simmer for ten minutes. In another large skillet melt some butter (approximately one tablespoon to start) over medium heat and place a tortilla in the skillet.

2. Sprinkle approximately ½ cup of the shredded cheese and then top it with some of the meat (approximately ¾ cup). Top with another tortilla and coat butter all over the top of the tortilla. Cook until golden brown and then turn over and cook on the other side for about three-four minutes or until golden brown. Return with remaining tortillas, adding more butter to the pan as required. Remove from pan and slice into triangles. Garnish with sour cream, fresh cilantro, and guacamole, if desired. Serve with refried beans as a side dish. 

Source 5 Boys Bakers

NOTES

If you don’t own tomato sauce with basil, oregano, and garlic and you just don’t feel like making a dash to the store, then just use a can or regular tomato sauce and combine approximately a ½ tsp. of basil, ½ tsp. of oregano and a clove of garlic, minced.

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A twist on Meatloaf

Do you love Philly cheesesteak sandwiches? And or are you a fan of meatloaf? I admit I don’t like it that much, but I love and love Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Yum yum! Even though they are totally unhealthy lol. 😀

However, I had this intense urge to cook tonight, and I chose to try a different twist on meatloaf (as I am trying my very best to expand my horizons on food lol), my inspiration was the Philly cheesesteak sandwich. This Philly Cheese Meatloaf recipe was excellent and super easy to prepare. And not to mention a huge favorite! 🙂

Philly Cheese Meatloaf

Ingredients

1 medium onion, chopped
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
1 Tbsp. Olive oil
1-2 lb. ground turkey or beef
1/2 C. bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper or more to taste
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Six slices provolone or Colby Jack cheese

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

1. Line a baking sheet with foil and grease it with cooking spray. Set aside. Pour oil into a large skillet, add the onion and pepper and sauté them in the oil until soft. Mix these veggies with the remaining ingredients except for the cheese in a large bowl.

2. Place half of this mixture into previously prepared baking dish and top with three of the slices of cheese. Repeat so you have two meat-cheese layers. Bake for forty-five minutes (the internal temperature of the meat should reach 165°F). Allow the meatloaf to sit for five minutes before slicing and to serve.

Source Of the hearth