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3 Ingredient Taco Meat and 4 Ways to Use It: 3 simple ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need to whip up a dish that is sure to become a family staple in your house, and the base for fabulous family meals. Also includes step-by-step instructions to freeze the meat without freezer burn!
I am one busy lady. Oh wait, you are busy too? Yes, we are ALL busy these days aren’t we? How I live for the weekends, when life seems to slow down and I can relax.
But during the week, there is school, work, art class, sports practice, laundry, play dates, homework, homework battles, running a household, more laundry, etc. Oh, and lots of hungry mouths to feed–multiple times a day! You get the idea.
But even on busy nights, family dinner is essential in my routine. Of course, I prefer us all gathered around the table and eating together, but even when that is not possible, everyone has to eat.
So in order to keep myself sane, I like to minimize my time in the kitchen with time efficient recipes that can be stretched into several meals.
One meal that does not disappoint is Tacos. My family loves just about every version of tacos I can think up to serve. And I love tacos, because they are quick and easy.
This past week, I hit up Walmart for a few essentials and easily was able to grab everything I needed for my variation on taco night. I picked up RO*TEL Tomatoes for my 3 Ingredient Taco Meat.
And fresh produce to stretch my 3 Ingredient Taco Meat into not 1, but 4 Meals.
Let me break this down for you.
First start by making 3 Ingredient Taco Meat. 3 Ingredients and 15 minutes and done. But let me give you some advice–double, better yet triple, this recipe and freeze for the base for an easy dinner ready and waiting for you! And I will show you how to freeze the meat safely at the end of the post!
Once you have the 3 Ingredient Taco Meat ready, the options are endless.
My favorites are:
Soft Tacos: Taco Meat wrapped up in a soft tortilla, topped with cheese, tomatoes and sour cream–or your favorite toppings. Taco Salad: Lettuce, diced avocado, onion, and tomatoes are topped with the taco meat, crumbled feta, and toasted tortilla strips. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: Baked sweet potato topped with the taco meat mixture and loaded up with cheese and minced cilantro.Mexican Pizza: A tortilla topped with Rosarito’s Fat Free Refried Beans, the taco meat mixture, shredded cheese and baked until cheese is melted. Then topped with freshly diced avocado and tomatoes and dolloped with sour cream.
So now all you need is the recipe for the 3 Ingredient Taco Meat
- 1 can RO*TEL Tomatoes, mild
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 pound of lean ground sirloin
- Brown up the ground sirloin over medium-high heat, crumbling the beef up into small chunks. Once completely browned, drain off any excess fat and blot with a paper towel to get any residual grease.
- Return meat to heat and add in RO*TEL tomatoes and chili powder and simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- Serve as desired or cool completely and freeze accordingly.
To Freeze Meat:
Double or triple recipe. Allow meat to cool completely. Portion meat out into 1 pound or 1/2 pound servings. Place each portion into a freezer safe storage bag. Squeeze out excess air from bag and seal until only a small opening remains. Place a straw into the small opening, being sure the bag is sealed around the straw. Suck air out of bag through the straw and watch the bag collapse around meat mixture. Remove straw and seal quickly. Don’t forget to label the bag! Store in the freezer for 3 months. To Thaw, place in refrigerator night before needed and reheat in microwave safe dish. You can also thaw in the microwave, but a slow thaw is better.
And now you are ready to make any of my favorite meals using 3 Ingredient Taco Meat any night of the week!
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