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Rich, Creamy and Cheesy Cowboy Soup

Cheesy Cowboy Soup

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean ground beef

1 (16 oz.) package velveeta, cubed

1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 yellow onion, finely chopped

4 small potatoes, chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeds removed, diced

1 (13.25 oz.) can whole corn kernels, rinsed and drained

1 (13.25 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (4 oz.) can green chiles

3 C. low-sodium chicken or beef broth

2 1/2 C. whole milk

1/4 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 C. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. cayenne, optional

bacon bits, optional

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to tast

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, melt butter in skillet, then whisk in flour. Cook roux for two-three minutes, or until golden brown, then whisk in whole milk. Season with salt and pepper, then remove from heat and refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Heat a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat and cook ground beef, breaking it up as it cooks, until browned. Season generously with salt and pepper and garlic powder, then transfer beef to a separate plate and drain all but two tablespoons of fat.

3. Add onion, potatoes and bell pepper to Dutch oven and cook for ten-twelve minutes, or until veggies are softened and fork tender. Season with salt and pepper, cumin and cayenne, then add corn, black beans and green chiles.

4. Return beef to pot and stir in chicken or beef broth. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for fifteen minutes. Stir in refrigerated roux mixture, then add in cubed velveeta. Cover again and cook for another fifteen minutes, or until cheese is melted and soup is thick and smooth.

Serve hot, topped with cheese and bacon bits. Enjoy!!

Source 12 Tomatoes

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Multi-purpose Mexican Shredded Beef

Excuse my absence from cooking for a long while my family and I unexpectedly had to put our beloved dog (Kianni) down about a week ago. She was a very sweet and special dog. It has been very sad for everyone in my family, but we’re thankful that she is no longer suffering. One of my fond memories of her is when she would clean up the food droppings I left on the floor. She was a great cooking sidekick. I am going to miss her so much!

Okay. Back to the recipe.

This all-purpose Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef is perfect for fajitas, tacos, burritos and more!  Fast and easy prep work and your crock pot does the rest. It was delicious! I promise you and your family will not be disappointed.

Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds beef chuck roast

1 onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

Juice of one lime (1-2 tablespoons)

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste

1/4 tsp. red chili flakes

Directions

1. Combine together the chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, oregano and red chili flakes, Set aside. Add the chopped onion and garlic to the slow cooker with the tomato paste, lime juice, and just 1-2 teaspoons of the spice mixture.  Stir everything together until fully mixed.

2. Sprinkle the rest of the spices all over the chuck roast, patting to help it stick to the meat.Place the meat on top of the onion mixture and set cook on low for seven- eight hours. Total cooking time will vary for different roasts. 

3. After meat has cooked, use two forks to shred the meat, removing any large pieces of fat or gristle as you find them.   (If the meat is still too tough to shred, it needs to be cooked a little longer.  Cook for an additional thirty-sixty minutes and check it again.)  Stir to mix well with the sauce.  Cover and continue to cook on low for another thirty-sixty minutes. Before serving stir well again to mix the meat with the sauce.  Taste meat and season with more salt to taste.

Source Fox and Briar

Kianni

Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Pot Roast

I made this roast for the first time, and I admit that I was slightly nervous about the outcome. But, after tossing the meat into the slow cooker and waiting for several hours. I took a bite of the meat, and I instantly fell in love with this recipe. It felt like my mouth was having a party.

Cook this incredibly easy melt in your mouth delicious pot roast. I promise you and your family will not be disappointed.

Slow Cooker Sweet ‘N’ Tangy Pot Roast

Ingredients

1 boneless beef chuck roast (Mine was about four pounds)

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. Pepper

1 C. Water

1 C. Ketchup

1/4 C. Red wine or beef broth

1 envelope brown gravy mix

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/8 tsp. Garlic powder

3 Tbsp. Flour

1/4 C. Water

Directions

1. Cut the meat in half and place in a 5-quart slow cooker. Season with salt pepper. In a small bowl stir together the water, ketchup, wine or broth, gravy mix, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder; pour over the meat.

2. Cover and cook on low for nine-ten hours or until the meat is tender. Combine the flour and water until smooth. Stir into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH for thirty minutes or until the gravy is thickened. Remove the meat from the slow cooker. Slice and serve with the gravy.

Source Taste of Home: Church Suppers

Incredibly Cheesy Lasagna Rollups

Pioneer Woman Lasagna roll ups

The preparation was slightly messy, quick and easy. The lasagna rolls were very cheesy and delicious! Your whole family even your kids will love this dish!

Ingredients

20 lasagna noodles

1 Tbsp. salt

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 C. finely chopped mushrooms (about 3 ounces)

1 green bell pepper, diced (about 1 C.)

3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsps)

2 lbs. ground beef

1/2 tsp. Freshly ground pepper

1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes

1 6-oz. can tomato paste

1 30-oz. container whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 3 1/3 C.)

1 lb. mozzarella, grated (about 3 1/2 cups)

1 C. grated parmesan cheese

2-3 large eggs

Directions

1. Cook the lasagna noodles in a large pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain, rinse with cold water to cool and lay flat on a sheet of foil. Set aside.

2. Make the sauce: In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms, green pepper and garlic and saute for four to five minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften. Remove the veggie mixture from the pan, then add the ground beef to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until it’s totally browned. Drain the excess fat, then add 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper, the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the veggie mixture. Let the mixture simmer over low heat, thirty minutes.

3. Make the cheese glue: Combine the ricotta, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 3/4 cup parmesan, the eggs, 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Stir to combine.

5. Assemble the lasagna: Spoon a thin layer of sauce onto the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch pan or five 6-inch disposable foil loaf pans. Spread two to three tablespoons of the ricotta filling on each lasagna noodle, then roll them up so that the cheese is on the inside of the roll.

6. Lay them sideways in the pan(s). (Four roll-ups will fit in each loaf pan, or you can fill a 9-by-13-inch pan.) Top with the remaining sauce and plenty of grated mozzarella and parmesan. If you’re making the roll-ups right away, place the pan(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees F for twenty minutes, until hot and bubbly. Serve with a salad or some other vegetable. Enjoy!

Court’s Cooking Notes

FREEZE IT! Cover the pan tightly with heavy-duty foil and freeze up to 4 months. To bake, preheaet the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the foil-covered pan 1 1/2 hours (if using loaf pans, place on a baking sheet before baking); remove the foil and bake 30 minutes more, until hot and bubbly.

Source The Pioneer Woman Cooks

A vacation of a lifetime

I believe that I have mentioned this before, but as some of you know, I am a big fan of the Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman also known as Ree Drummond. I love to watch her show and try her recipes.

For my birthday gift at the end of the month my mom, grandparents and I are going to go see her store and restaurant that’s located in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. I am so very excited about this trip! I will take some pictures and post them after I get back home.

In honor of my all time favorite celebrity chef I want to share with you this delicious bow tie lasagna recipe! You totally should make this recipe. Seriously, make this now.  Even if you’ve never cooked before in your life, you can make this pasta.

PIONEER WOMAN BOWTIE LASAGNA

Ingredients

1 lb bowtie pasta

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 lb ground chuck beef

1/2 C. onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce (or 3 cups homemade)

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 C. shredded mozzarella

1 C. sour cream

Directions

1. Boil the pasta in a large pot of salted water until al dente, drain.  In a large skillet, brown and crumble ground chuck until fully cooked, drain fat and return to the skillet.

3. Pour the cooked pasta on top of meat, then drizzle on olive oil.  Pour the jar of sauce, salt, garlic powder and Italian seasonings.  Stir.  Add cheese and sour cream.  Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and all ingredients are combined.  Taste and add salt and pepper, if necessary.  Serve with parmesan or additional mozzarella, if desired.

Source Katie Cooks Dinner

Incredibly Juicy Italian Beef Sandwiches

Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

3.5 to 4 lb Rump Roast

1 Pkg Zesty Italian Dressing Mix

Salt & Pepper to Taste

1 can Beef Broth (14.5 oz)

3/4 jar Peperoncinis, sliced (12 ounce jar)

8 to 10 slices provolone cheese

1 jar Giardiniera – Italian Sandwich Mix

Hoagie or steak Rolls

Directions

1. Season the rump roast on all sides with salt & pepper. Place the roast into the crock pot. Sprinkle packet of Zesty Italian dressing mix on top of the roast. Pour beef broth around roast in bottom of crock pot. Spoon Peperoncinis on top of roast and pour some of the juice in if desired. Set Crock Pot to low for eight hours.

2. Remove beef and shred by pulling with two forks. Pour some of the Juice through a strainer for Au Jus. Place shredded beef on a hoagie or french roll. Top with sliced provolone cheese and broil for two to four minutes. Top with some of the cooked Peperoncinis and Giardinieria Mix. Spoon on some au jus or dip.

Source Soul Fully Made

Love tacos? Try this!

Taco Lasagna

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. Garlic

1/2 C. chopped green pepper

1/2 C. chopped onion

2/3 C. water

1 envelope taco seasoning

1 can (15oz) enchilada sauce

1 can (15 oz) Goya black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (14-1/2 oz) Rotel Mexican diced tomatoes, undrained

8-10 flour tortillas (8 inches)

1 can (16 oz) Goya refried beans

3 C. shredded Mexican cheese blend

Directions

Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the garlic, bell pepper onion to the pan and cook them for three to four minutes or until they becomes tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat.

2. Return the skillet to the stove with the meat mixture inside. Add water and taco seasoning; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for two minutes. Stir in the black beans and Rotel tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for ten minutes.

3. Place a layer of tortillas onto the previously prepared greased 9×13” glass baking dish. You will have to break one of them up in half. Spread with 1/3 of the can of refried beans. Spread with 1/3 of the beef mixture; sprinkle with one cup cheese. Repeat layers twice.

4. Reserve 1 cup of cheese. The top layer should be tortillas. Pour a can of enchilada sauce over top. Bake for approximately twenty five -thirty minutes at 350° or until heated through. Add the remaining cup of cheese and cook another five-ten minutes until cheese is melted.

Source Can’t stay out of the kitchen

Sorry that this photo looks awful. A much better one is coming soon. 😊 It was delicious!!

Slightly Healthier Hamburger Helper

This homemade hamburger helper is as quick and easy as the stuff that you find at your local grocery store, but tastes way better and is a bit healthier for you!

Homemade Hamburger Helper

Ingredients

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 small onion finely chopped

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. dried parsley

1 tsp. garlic powder

pinch to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper to taste

1 1/2 C. milk

1 1/2 C. beef broth

2 C. uncooked macaroni

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

2 C. shredded cheddar cheese

Directions

1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion to the pan and cook it for about a minute or until it becomes tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. Return the meat to a large pot. Add the paprika, parsley, garlic powder, cayenne powder, salt and pepper.

2. Stir in the milk, broth, macaroni and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for ten-twelve minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Stir in cheddar cheese until melted.

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Court’s Cooking Notes

• If using a whole wheat macaroni you may need to add in more liquid while cooking.

• This recipe is for macaroni if using another type of pasta you may need to adjust liquids.

• It is important to drain extra liquids after browning hamburger meat.

• If using a ground beef with a higher fat content add in the seasonings after draining the grease.

The Greatest Sloppy Joes

These Sloppy Joes are incredibly easy and super quick to make and so delicious! Double, Triple or quadruple the recipe for parties, backyard barbecues, and giant family vacations.

The Best Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. garlic, minced

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 lb. ground beef

1 (8 oz) can Goya tomato sauce

1/2 C. ketchup

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 tsp. ground mustard

1 Tbsp. white vinegar

1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

8 Sandwich buns, split

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for two – three minutes or until they become tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. Return the meat to the skillet.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine together the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.

3. Pour the sauce over the drained beef and stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer for about twenty minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in buns.

Source Culinary Hill

A Mexican twist on Spaghetti

My apologies for not posting a lot last month. I had a job assignment that lasted for a few days and then I decided to take a little break from cooking and blogging. But I am now back to what I enjoy and do best. Have dinner ready in thirty minutes or less by preparing this delicious Mexican Spaghetti. It will add a little “spice” to your dinner table and it shaves valuable time off a busy weeknight.Mexican Spaghetti INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp. Olive oil 1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Medium Yellow Onion, diced 1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 Envelope Taco Seasoning
1 7 Oz. Can Dice Green Chilies, Undrained
1 14.5 Oz. Can Canned Diced Tomatoes, Undrained
1 C. Frozen Corn Thawed and Drained
1 8 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
2 3/4 C. Water
8 Oz Dried Spaghetti Noodles Broken into Thirds
1 C. Cheddar Cheese Shredded Directions 1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic and cook them for two – three minutes or until they become tender. Then add the beef and cook it until it’s no longer pink. Drain any fat. 2. Stir in taco seasoning, green chilies, diced tomatoes, corn, tomato sauce, and water and bring to a boil. Stir in noodles. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for twenty-twenty five minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Sprinkle with cheese and serve. Source Gonna Want Seconds