Archive for the ‘Beef’ Category

Baked Chimichangas

September 7, 2015

Any shredded meat can be used in these chimichangas, but I really like to use leftover beef barbacoa (recipe here). The recipe is also pretty loose on quantities, but that is how I cook!

cream cheese
cheddar cheese, shredded
shredded meat (beef barbacoa works well)
flour tortillas
cooking spray

Possible Toppings:
shredded cheddar cheese
green onions, for garnish
sour cream


Stir together cream cheese, cheese and taco seasoning if meat is unseasoned.
Fold in shredded meat.
Divide among flour tortillas.
Tuck in sides, and roll up each tortilla and secure with toothpicks.
Lay seam side down in a sprayed 9×13″ baking dish.
Spray tops of tortillas with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

Flip over, and bake an additional 15 minutes.
Serve with cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, and salsa.


Turkey Meatballs

June 15, 2009
  • 1 pound package ground turkey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground turkey, egg, and bread crumbs using your hands. Using an ice cream scoop, form the meat into golf ball sized meatballs. Place about 1 inch apart in the hot baking dish. Press down to flatten the bottom just slightly.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn them over, and continue baking for about 5 more minutes, or until somewhat crispy on the outside. Serve with pasta and sauce or however you’d like.


October 14, 2008

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 16 oz can tomatoes cut up
2 8 oz cans tomato sauce
1 T parsley flakes
2 t sugar
8 oz pkg lasagne noodles (cooked and drained)
8 oz mozarella cheese, sliced
1 t salt, divided
1/2 t crushed basil
1 pt cottage cheese
1/2 cup parm cheese
1/2 t crushed oregano leaves

Cook and stir beef in large skillet; drain off fat.  Add tomatoes,
tomato sauce, parley, sugar, 1/2 t salt, basil.  Cover and cook on low 1 1/2 hours (or microwave for 24 minutes).  Mix cottage cheese, 1/4 cup parmesean cheese, 1/2 t salt, oregano.  In 9X13 pan, layer half of noodles, sauce, mozarella cheese and then cottage cheese mixture.  Repeat, reserving enough sauce for top layer.  Sprinkle with 1/4 cup parm cheese.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Quick Stew

October 14, 2008

2 pounds stewing beef, cubed
15 baby carrots, halved
1/2 cup dried minced onion
3 large potatoes, cubed
1 can (10 3/4 oz) tomato soup
1 tsp. salt
2 T vinegar

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high heat no more than 5 hours.

Makes 4 – 6 servings

Simple Chili

October 14, 2008

2 pounds ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup dried minced onion or 1 large onion, chopped
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with liquid
2 cans (8 oz.) tomato puree
1 can (16 oz.) kidney beans, with liquid
1 can (4 oz) diced green chilies, with liquid
1 tsp. minced garlic
2 T. chili powder
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.  Cover and cook on high 2 – 3 hours or on low heat 4 -6 hours.  Makes 6 – 8 servings


February 25, 2008
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can tomato juice
  • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder

Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
In a large pot over high heat combine the ground beef, tomato juice, tomato sauce, kidney beans, pinto beans, onions, bell pepper, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours. (Note: If using a slow cooker, set on low, add ingredients, and cook for 8 to 10 hours.)