Taco Turkey Rotel

I was in the mood for some Mexican flavors. Being the cheap person that I am, I purchased the GroundRotel 045 Turkey and Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, instead of Ground Beef and Pork Italian Sausage.

The ingredients are similar to my post on August 3, 2019. However, it seems like this was a lot easier to cook. Less ingredients and less steps = Less Work!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Turkey, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbs
  2. Ground Turkey Italian Sausage, recommended: Festive, 1.0 lbsRotel 005
  3. Pork Chorizo, recommended: Cacique, 10 oz.
  4. Taco Seasoning, recommended: Williams, 2.5 oz (2 packages)
  5. Fiery Tasty Seasoning Mix, recommended: McCormick, 1 oz.
  6. Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros, recommended: Rotel, 10 oz.
  7. Petite Diced Tomatoes, Petite with Jalapeno and Habanero, recommended: Del Monte, Two 14.5 oz. cans
  8. Cheese Pasteurized Mexican with Jalapeno, recommended: Velveeta, 32 oz.Rotel 013
  9. Salsa Verde (or Cool Ranch) Tortilla Chips, recommended: Doritos, 5 to 7 per person or more
  10. Seasoning Blend, frozen with onions, celery, red peppers, green peppers, and parsley flakes, recommended: Great Value, 10 oz.
  11. Jalapeno peppers, diced, recommended: Great Value, 4 oz.
  12. Cola or soda to thin out, to your preference, recommended: Coca Cola, ½ to 1 cup
  13. Avocado, diced, suggested: Haas, 1 Jumbo
  14. Sour Cream, recommended: Daisy, a dollopRotel 009
  15. Slow Cooker Liner, recommended: Reynolds Kitchens, 1 Regular Size (fits 3 – 8 quarts)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Freeze the Velveeta Cheese for 30 minutes (the foil only, not the box).
  2. Combine Ground Turkey, Italian Ground Turkey and Pork Chorizo in the same skillet that you will cook it in. No extra bowl to clean – Woot! I turned it 10 minutes, 10 minutes, then 5 minutes, so it was brown, about the same time as the freezer cheese.Rotel 017
  3. Put the slow cooker liner in the crock pot and to that add the Hot Diced Tomatoes by Rotel
  4. Cut the cheese into 8 pieces (I cut through the foil) and top the tomatoes with the cheese chunks. I added about a half cup of Cola on top of the cheese chunks.
  5. Drain the meat grease; I used the empty Rotel can to dispose of the grease.
  6. Add the Williams Taco Seasoning on top of the cheese chunks
  7. Add the drained meat on top of the Taco seasoning
  8. Add the frozen Seasoning Blend (onions, peppers, etc.) on top of the meatRotel 028
  9. Add the Fiery Tasty Seasoning on top of the onions
  10. Add 2 cans of Petite Diced Tomatoes on top.
  11. Cook on low for 4 hours; stir to combine after 2 hours. At this point, you can add additional Cola, depending on your thickness preference. I used about 1 cup.
  12. After 4 hours, add the can of diced Jalapeno Peppers. I like it hot, so I included the juice. Combine and stir.
  13. I diced the Avocado and placed it on top.
  14. I crushed some Dorito Tortilla chips and put that on the top.
  15. Then I added a dollop of Daisy Sour Cream.
  16. Top with Sour Cream dollop and enjoy with Doritos Salsa Verde or Ranch!Rotel 032

I haven’t had Rotel in quite some time. And this was so good; I could not stop eating it. I hope that you will give this cooking method or cooking suggestions a try. Enjoy!

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Beef on Beef on Beefy Stroganoff with Shrooms!

Beef – that’s for dinner!Beef Stroganoff 050

I LOVE Mushrooms! I did not care for them as a kid, but now, the Shrooms rule!

Here is my take on an amped-up Beef/Mushroom Flavor Umami Bomb! How much beef can this Stroganoff handle? Well, there is:

  • Beef Ground Chuck
  • Beef Stroganoff Seasoning
  • Cream of Beefy Mushroom Soup
  • Beef Consommé Soup
  • Beef Bouillon Cubes

Is that enough beef? Let’s hope so.Beef Stroganoff 003 (2)

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Beef Chuck, 2 lb.
  2. Beef Stroganoff Sauce Mix, recommended McCormick, two 1.5 oz. packages
  3. Extra Wide Egg Noodles, 16 oz.
  4. Mushroom Pieces & Stems (drained), recommended Pampa, 5.3 oz.
  5. Aged Swiss Cheese Slices: 11, recommended Sargento, 7 oz.Beef Stroganoff 005 (2)
  6. Baby Swiss Cheese Slices: 11, recommended Sargento, 7 oz.
  7. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 8 oz.
  8. Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  9. Cream of Beefy Mushroom Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  10. Beef Consommé Condensed Soup, recommended Campbell’s, 10.5 oz.
  11. Sweet Peas (drained), 15 oz.Beef Stroganoff 043
  12. Peas and Carrots (drained), 15 oz.
  13. Beef Bouillon Cubes, 2
  14. Red Onions diced, frozen, ¼ cup
  15. White Onions diced, frozen, ¼ cup
  16. Butter, 2 pats, divided
  17. Balsamic Vinegar, 2-3 teaspoons
  18. Worcestershire Sauce, 2 teaspoons
  19. Garlic (diced or minced), 5 – 7 cloves
  20. Olive Oil, ½ teaspoon
  21. Ground Parsley (dry), ¼ teaspoon
  22. Parsley (fresh), ½ teaspoon
  23. Water Bottle, 16.9 oz. (if you prefer to brown the beef, instead of boiling, you may want to just add a can of Beef Broth or water, per Stroganoff seasoning mix instructions)Beef Stroganoff 016

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Boil Beef Chuck with water for about 20 – 25 minutes until it turns brown (instead of red or pink). Use potato masher to break it up every 5 minutes. Or, you can also brown it. However, the water creates a beef “broth” so that you can add the 2 packages of Stroganoff Seasoning, Worcestershire, Vinegar, Onions and Garlic. Let it cool.
  2. Melt 1 Butter pat and Olive Oil in pot with dry Parsley for 2 minutes. Add 2 Bouillon cubes, fill the pot with water and bring to a boil. Add Egg Noodles and boil for 11-13 minutes. Drain and mix in the remaining Butter pat and Fresh Parsley
  3. Mix the Cream of Mushroom, Creamy Beefy Mushroom, Beef Consommé, Sour Cream and Mushrooms and Peas & Carrots with the Egg NoodlesBeef Stroganoff 024
  4. Add half of the Noodle Mixture to the baking pan, top with 6 slices of cheese. Add a layer of the Beef Mixture and top with 6 sliced of cheese. Repeat Noodle Mixture with 6 slices of cheese and then Beef Mixture without cheese. Save 4 cheese slices for the final topping.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350.
  6. Add remaining cheese slices and bake an additional 10-11 minutes to melt the cheese on top
  7. Garnish with Fresh or Dry Parsley for presentation.

We eat with our eyes!

The peas and carrots add a fresh pop of color to complete the Dinner Bowl meal. It has a protein beef, side dish pasta and veggies peas/carrots and mushrooms.Beef Stroganoff 022

The Noodles have to bring their own flavor to the meal! So instead of just plain noodles boiled in water, you want to use the Butter, Olive Oil, Beef Bouillon and dry Parsley to flavor the noodles. So that when you bite a noodle, it has enough flavor to stand up to the beef. I used to add Kosher Salt or Extra Coarse Sea Salt to my pasta. But to lower my sodium intake, I am trying to use different –non-salty options to flavor the pasta.

I love how recipes are flexible. Sometimes, I am out of fresh herbs and need to use dry herbs instead. I usually have larger diced garlic in my recipes. But I just got a new garlic chopper which allowed me to mince smaller pieces. So I was able to use more garlic in the Stroganoff.

My brother and sister-in-law test tasted this meal, and seemed to really enjoy it.Beef Stroganoff 047

Great Balls of Fire! Beam up the Beef Scotty! Captain: Make it so. Engage!

 

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TACO PIZZA NACHO MASHUP

Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 044My refrigerator and deep freezer has been called a “Food Museum” so I finally got around to cleaning out my fridge. I started by throwing out the old condiments. Some dated back to 2016. Pickle juice spilled on one shelf and dried up, so I had to use a knife to remove it.

On the next trash day, I can get around to cleaning out the deep freezer. In the fridge freezer, I found frozen food, dating back to 2017. Once I had a clear picture of the remaining, fresh foods, I could start planning my dinner menus for 1 to 4 weeks.

I am trying to get away with eating a Bacon, Egg & Cheese; Sausage, Egg & Cheese or Spam Egg & Cheese for breakfast. So now I eat Cottage Cheese with fruit, or Oatmeal with Orange juice. I am going to get away Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup 018from a “Bread-based” breakfast and go for a Taco Mix up, using Corn Tortillas, Scrambled Eggs, Pepper Jack Cheese and Chorizo (veggie) crumbles: Burrito style. Not every day, but just to get out of the rut of eating Cottage Cheese or Oatmeal every day. That can get boring.

I like to mix up other food meals. After cleaning the fridge, I knew that I had a Pizza leftover from making Naan Puttanesca Pizza. I froze the remaining one. So what to do with it?

I thought about making Taco Style Beef Macaroni & Cheese or Frito Taco Pie. But I wanted something different and came up with a plan to concoct a Taco Pizza.

Ground ChuckI love how food is so diverse, that it only needs a “vehicle” to bring the meal together. Instead of using a pizza crust, I have also made a Pizza Quiche with a pie crust as the vehicle. Or, for a smaller Thanksgiving meal, I have used the Stove Top Stuffing as the vehicle for an all-in-one dinner that uses a Turkey Breast, Oysters, Cream of Celery Soup and dried Cranberries. Come to tBeef Chorizohink of it, the next time I do that, I need to make it into a Shepard’s Pie and add Mashed Potatoes on top.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. Ground Chuck, 1 lb.
  2. Beef Chorizo, recommended Cacique, 9 oz.Doritos Salsa Verde
  3. Pizza Crust, recommended Stonefire Artisan Thin Crust Pizza
  4. Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, recommended Ro*Tel, 10 oz.
  5. Taco Seasoning, recommended Williams, 1.25 oz.
  6. Shredded Cheese, recommended Queso Quesadilla, 8 oz
  7. Taco Chips, recommended Doritos Salsa Verde, 5 to 7 chips per slice
  8. Olives- Sliced, Green & Black mixed, ¼ cup
  9. Jalapeno peppers, diced or sliced
  10. Sour Cream, recommended Daisy, 1 dollop
  11. Cooking Spray

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cheese QuesoPre-heat oven to 350, I also pre-heat the skillet and grill pan for 2 minutes before using
  2. Blend ground chuck and chorizo, then brown in pan
  3. Drain (Chorizo tastes great, but is very greasy)
  4. Mix Taco seasoning, Diced Tomatoes and Olives then add to beef
  5. Spray pan and heat Naan Pizza Crust for a few minutes on each side in a grill pan or skillet
  6. Move the pizza crust to a pizza pan and apply 4 ounces of cheese on bottom layer
  7. Add Beef Mixture on Top and bake for 15 minutes, then rest for 15 minutes
  8. Cut into 4 slices
  9. Crumble 5 to 7 Dorito chips on each sliceTaco Pizza Nacho Mashup 023
  10. Cover with 1 ounce of cheese and Jalapeno peppers on each slice (one at a time, as this will be 4 days of pizza for me). Only add the Doritos on the day you eat it, so the chips won’t get soggy.
  11. Put in Toaster Oven or Microwave to melt cheese for a few minutes
  12. Do a dollop of Daisy and then chow down on your Taco Pizza Nacho Mashup!

Recommended pairing: ♪Margarita Cha, Cha Cha♫! Daily’s Frozen Margarita Cocktail , 10 oz and Pepe Lopez Tequila 50 ml

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