One thing about real life is that people have to eat. Yes, it’s true—my family “expects” food in the fridge and dinner on the table. Can you believe that?!
One thing I’m always on the hunt for is easy and yummy meals that don’t take a lot of time. (Which means more time to write or spend with my family!) One of my former editors gave me this recipe and I’ve used it LOTS over the last ten years. It’s so easy and so good!
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
1 can pinto (or kidney) beans
2 cans chili beans
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can white corn
2 cans Mexi-corn
1 can stewed tomatoes – Mexican style
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. original Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
Brown ground beef and onions in a large pan, drain off fat. Add remaining ingredients (do not drain any of the cans) and simmer for an hour or so. (Or put it in the crockpot.) When ready, serve in big soup bowls with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, salsa and sour cream.
(Note this recipe can have substitutes too. For example, my family doesn’t like onions, so I usually don’t use them. You can add whatever beans you like. I just use what’s in my cupboard. It’s the same with the corn and tomatoes. Sometimes if I don’t have Rotel, I’ll just throw in a can of green chilis for flavor. Some people serve it with cornbread instead of tortilla chips. You really can’t mess it up!)
Okay, now your turn. Do you have an easy and yummy recipe to share?
try http://www.allrecipes.com. it’s a great site for recipes. it’s quick and easy to use. all recipes are rated (1-5 stars) and there are comments by others who’ve tried the recipe and have suggestions on how to improve it.
Tricia Goyer says
Thanks, Amy. I’ll check it out!
Do they have Weight Watchers recipes–my new attempt to lose some of this weight I’ve put on sitting at my computer!
yes, they have something for everyone. and all the recipes come with a nutrition guide. (how many calories, fat, carbs, etc…) it’s very helpful.
One of my favorite… easy recipes that my children (ages 2 and 4) love… is:
3 chicken breasts
1/2 bag frozen chicken (about 1 cup)
1 cup salsa
1 can black beans
put the above ingredients in a crockpot, cook on low (6-8 hours) or high (3-4 hours). About 5 minutes before it is done put 1/2 cup cheese on top of other mixture and allow to melt. Serve with tortillas, over rice, just plain as it is. I usually have to double the recipe and then we have enough to do lunch the next day as well.
Tricia Goyer says
I’m going to try this. Thanks!
Adding some good Mexican cuisine to your Montana lifestyle? Yum.