Monday, January 2, 2012

Taco Salad

Taco Salad was an occasional dish at my house growing up.  I remember loving it, mostly because it had Doritos in it.  Now I still love it, but for more reasons than just the Doritos.  Nothing better than eating a taco out of a bowl!  So many different flavors in each bite. 

We always used to toss everything together in one large bowl.  But in my own family, I have a few picky eaters so the best thing is to keep all the ingredients seperate.  That way, each person can add what they like (and how much they like) to their bowl.  

Taco Salad


1 lb ground beef (I prefer to use ground turkey)
1 head lettuce, chopped 
tomato, diced
green pepper, diced
shredded cheese
Doritos, crushed
1 can kidney beans, rinsed
1 bag frozen corn
taco sauce (my favorite is La Victoria, medium)
1 package taco seasoning

Cook meat and add the taco seasoning according to packaging. 

Add seasoned meat to a bowl of lettuce and garnish with your favorite toppings. 

Hamburger Pie

This is another treasure I've gotten from my awesome mother-in-law.  Hamburger Pie was a regular meal at my husband's house growing up, probably because it's so delicious! It's so comforting and filling.  Perfect for feeding a large group.  Yum! 

Hamburger Pie


1 lb of ground hamburger (I prefer to use ground turkey)
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
1 cup milk
1 cup shredded cheese
2-3 cup instant potatoes
1 tsp salt and pepper (to taste)
minced onion (to taste)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

Mix raw meat, 1 1/3 cup of dry instant potatoes, egg, ketchup, milk, salt and pepper and minced onion. Spread in an ungreased baking dish. 

Bake uncovered for about 35-40 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.  Prepare the remaining potatoes, add to the top of the meat mixture and cover with cheese. 

Bake until the cheese melts.  (about 5 minutes)