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Tortilla Chip Salad

12 Apr

The recipe sits on the line between a Taco Salad and Nachos. It is really easy to make and tastes great!

Tortilla Chip Salad
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1/2 bag tortilla chips
1 potato, peeled and grated
2 TB taco seasoning
1 can diced chilis
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 cup sour cream

1. Heat skillet over high heat. Add ground beef and cook. Add potato, diced chilies, taco seasoning. Cover and cook on low until potatoes are cooked.
2. Arrange chips on a plate. Sprinkle meat on top, then cheese, tomatoes. Top with sour cream.

Slow Cooker Chili

1 Feb

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up this week, so I thought I should concentrate on party foods, drinks and appetizers. If you are not attending or throwing a party this weekend, save these posts for when you do.

For starters, letÅ› start with Slow Cooker Chili.


8 strips of bacon, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
28 oz. can stewed tomatoes
1 – 16oz. can tomato sauce
1 – 6oz. can tomato paste
2 – 16 oz. cans kidney beans
2 cups carrots, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1 TB chili powder
1 ts salt
1 TB cumin
1 ts black pepper
1 TB Worchestershire
2 ts Franks hot sauce
1 ts cayenne pepper
1 ts paprika
1 ts brown sugar


1. Cook bacon in skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towel to drain.
2. Brown beef and pork in bacon drippings in skillet.
3. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
4. Cover. Cook on LOW 9-10 hours. Stir occasionally.

Weber Balls

9 Dec

I have been thinking about family and friends lately as the holiday season is all around me. I thought I would post some great recipes I have received from my family and friends over the years.

Food always tastes better when it is made for or by someone you love.

Weber Balls
**This recipe comes from Dubuque, Iowa. Given to me by the mother of one of my best friends.**

Serves: 2-4
Prep. Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 50 minutes


1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup bell pepper, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1 cup green olives, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1/4 cup ketchup
2 jars beef or mushroom gravy
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Mix all ingredients (except gravy) together.
3. Form into 1-2 inch meatballs. Place in baking pan and cover with foil.
4. Bake 40 minutes.
5. Remove from oven, drain off juice.
6. Cover with gravy.
7. Continue baking uncovered until gravy is heated through.
8. Serve over noodles or rice.

Slow Cooker Chili

28 Sep

It’s a bit chilly in my neck of the woods today, so I thought I’d make some comfort food for dinner tonight.

This will be my first attempt at making chili!

Wish me luck!


2 pounds ground beef, browned
2 16 oz. cans red kidney beans, drained
2 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 medium onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 TB chili powder
2 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 TB ground cumin
1 ts black pepper
1 ts salt


1. Combine all ingredients in slow cookers.
2. Cover. Cook on LOW 8-10 hours.

Cowboy Spaghetti

11 Sep

I’m low on a great deal of supplies today. I love love love! Rachel Ray’s recipe books
because I can always find something in there that only involves the staples I keep around my house.

So, this is what I’ll be having tonight for dinner. As always I’ve made a few minor adjustments to make it more my style. You should do the same!

Cowboy Spaghetti


1 pound spaghetti
1 TB olive oil
3 slices bacon, chopped
1 pound ground hamburger
1 medium onion
4 garlic cloves, chopped
black pepper
2 ts hot sauce
1 TB Worcestershire sauce
1 14 ounce can chopped tomatoes
1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese


1. Bring large pot of water to boil, then add spaghetti. Cook pasta according to directions of package.
2. Heat a deep skillet over high heat. Add olive oil and bacon. Brown bacon (5 minutes). Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.
3. Add ground beef to same pan and brown 4 minutes. Add onions, garlic and mix into meat. Season everything with salt and pepper, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Cook 5 minutes.
4. Stir in tomatoes and tomato sauce.
5. Add the hot spaghetti to the meat sauce and mix together. Grate cheese over pasta and serve.

Slow Cooker Enchiladas

28 Jul

Slow Cooker Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Recipe

Serves 4


1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
16 oz can kidney beans, drained
15 oz. can black beans, drained
10 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 can diced green chilis
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 ts chili powder
1/2 ts ground cumin
1/2 ts salt
1/4 ts pepper
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
6 flour tortillas


1. Cook beef, onions, and green peppers in skillet until browned and veggies are tender.
2. Add next 9 ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
3. Combine cheeses.
4. In slow cooker, layer about 3/4 cup beef mixture, one tortilla, and 1/3 cup cheese. Repeat layers.
5. Cover. Cook on LOW 5-7 hours.
6. To serve, reach to bottom with each spoonful to get all layers, or carefully invert onto large platter and cut into wedges.
7. Serve with guacamole and sour cream.

Tator Tot Bake

24 Mar

Save this for the day in the week you really don’t feel like cooking.  It will SAVE YOU!  And it doesn’t taste too terrible either.

Tater Tot Bake

Serves: 4
Total Time: 30 minutes


1 pound hamburger meat
1 onion (chopped)
1 pkg frozen tator tots
1 can (15 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese


1. In a skillet, brown meat, onion, salt and pepper to taste.
2. Place meat in baking dish and top with frozen tater tots.
3. Combine soup and water, mix well. Pour over potatoes and sprinkle with cheese.
4. Bake and 350 degrees for 25 minutes.