Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Quick and Easy Lunch

It's been roughly 8 or 9 years since I've made some of the easy and cheap meals from my childhood. I decided to break out the old recipe I came up with for Cheesy Taco Skillet today for lunch. It's much like the Hamburger Helper one but from scratch! It turned out so amazingly well and was SOOOOOO delicious!!! I had forgotten how incredibly easy it was to make as well. I figured I'd share the recipe with you all so that you can try it as well. Remember though that you should interpret the recipe as you see fit. Add things to with it a bit. I'll list some good additives to it and toppers at the bottom of the recipe.

1lbs ground beef
2 bags of boil in bag rice
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup water (use this and NOT the amount on the package as you need more sauce for the rice)
1 container Gordo's Cheese Dip
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 small can diced tomatoes drained

1. Place the 2 bags of rice in a pot and cover with water. Add a tbsp butter and follow the directions on the box (mine says to boil for 10minutes).
2. While cooking the rice place hamburger in a skillet and brown. Drain off all the fat and grease and place the ground beef back into the skillet.
3. Pour water and seasoning onto ground beef and mix together with tomatoes. (do this away from heat and leave the skilllet off the heat until the rice is done)
4. Once the rice is cooked drain it and combine with beef, tomato, and seasoning mixture. Place on low heat and until warmed throughly (roughly 5 minutes).

Once the combination is warm it's ready to eat. I then heat up the cheese dip in the microwave according to the package directions and then drizzle over the top of the meat and rice mixture. Then top with the cheddar cheese once you've place it into your bowl.

Good Toppings:
Pico De Gallo
Taco Sauce (drizzled over the top)

Another alternative is that you can put onions and green peppers in with the meat when cooking it. Then make everything else as normal. Place into a flour tortilla and top with cheese dip, lettuce, salsa/taco sauce, and cheddar. Wrap together for a quick and yummy burrito. (you can add black beans as well)

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