Tag Archives: Ground beef

Bean Calico

27 Aug

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This is a spin-off of a meal Derek enjoyed while growing up.  He asks for ground beef and baked beans on occasion and generally that’s exactly what he gets.  A skillet of burger and Bush’s beans.  A friend made this recipe for us after Henry’s birth and I enjoyed it much more than our version.  This is very slightly more complex but definitely glorified.

When I prepare it on a whim, I usually leave out the bacon, only because I don’t generally keep it on hand.  My only other variance is that I always prepare it with whatever beans I have in the pantry.  Even when I’m planning ahead, I’ve found that canned lima beans can be difficult to find.  Fortunately, it’s equally good with cannellini or great white northern beans.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can pork and beans
  • 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained
  • 15 oz. can lima beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T vinegar

Brown bacon, beef, and onion; drain.  Combine all ingredients.

Simmer on stove or bake in 350F oven for 40 minutes.

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Recipe from Erica Timperley

Pictures by me, MyLittleFoodSpot

Beefy Spanish Rice

6 Aug

As many times as I have made this, I wondered why it hadn’t made it to this blog.  I generally have all the ingredients on hand and it’s a super easy, quick fix when I don’t know what to make.  I last made it with home-frozen tomatoes.  I typically squeeze as much juice out of them as I can before freezing and they were still way too juicy.  So, if you’re substituting fresh or frozen tomatoes, you’ll probably need to experiment on how much juice to drain from them.  We always scoop it up with tortilla chips.  And in case you care, I love any kind of olive, but Derek takes his without.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 28 oz. can whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1 T instant minced onion
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup instant long-grain rice, uncooked
  • Garnish: pimiento-stuffed olives

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring until it crumbles.  Drain and return to skillet.  Add tomatoes, onion, chili powder, salt and pepper, stirring well.  Bring to a boil and add rice.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes, or until rice is tender.  Garnish, if desired and serve with tortilla chips.

Picture by me, My Little Food Spot

Green Chile and Ground Beef Crescent Roll Pockets

4 Mar

This was a new recipe for me.  It was fairly simple and quick and I will definitely be making these again.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 pounds lean 90 percent ground round
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 (8-ounce) packages crescent roll tubes
  • 2 (4-ounce) cans whole green chiles
  • 1 (8-ounce) pack shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 pint light sour cream
  • 1 bunch scallions (about 8), diced
  • Black olives, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Heat skillet on high temperature. Add ground round, salt to taste and brown for approximately 9 minutes. Roll out first package of crescent rolls onto a baking sheet. Separate into 4 individual squares. Do not separate into triangles. Lay one chile on each of the four crescent roll squares. Place 3 ounces cooked ground round on top of each of the 4 chiles. Sprinkle 1-ounce of cheddar cheese and chopped onion over the ground round on each of the 4 wraps.

Open the second pack of crescent rolls and place the same square piece over each of the wraps. Top each wrap with another ounce of cheese. Place the wraps in the pre-heated oven. Bake for 13 minutes. Dollop sour cream on each wrap. Top with diced scallions and black olives.

Recipe taken from foodnetwork.com

Photos by me, My Little Food Spot

Sloppy Joes

16 Jan

Not as simple as a can of Manwich but way better.  A little spicy, a little sweet, a lot of good.  We served it with my mom’s famous (at least within our family) Andy’s Potatoes for a completely yummy meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns

Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

Recipe from foodnetwork.com

Photo by mylittlefoodspot

French Burgers

4 Nov

This is a Grandma Young signature dish.  We make it often, and while they’re never quite like hers, I have gotten Derek hooked on them as well.  It’s kind of like a barbecue-y, cheesy meatloaf, minus the dried, crumbled french roll, on a fresh buttery, garlic french roll.  I know which one I’d choose :0)

I tried for the first time today, to prepare the meat mixture in my food processor and it worked like a charm.  I shredded the cheese first then put the metal blade in, added the other ingredients and vroom vroom.  My 7-cup processor was borderline too small, so make sure yours is at least that big before trying it.

So as not to be wasteful, I also take the torn out middles of the rolls, brush them with butter, sprinkle with garlic salt and bake alongside the burgers for 15 minutes or so for some tasty homemade croutons.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 bunch green onion, chopped
  • 1 can chopped black olives
  • 1 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 T barbecue sauce
  • 6 french rolls
  • butter
  • garlic salt

Mix ground beef, green onion, olives, 1 cup cheese and barbecue sauce.

Cut french rolls in half and scoop out soft center. Butter outside edge and bottom of each half. Sprinkle lightly with garlic salt.

Place on foil covered cookie sheet and fill with meat mixture. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake @325F for 45 minutes.

Recipe by my grandma, Barbara Young
Photo by knorrbuzz

Runza casserole

2 Nov

If you’re not from the midwest, you may not be familiar with runzas.  They are dough pockets that are stuffed and baked with ground beef, cabbage, onion and your choice of other ingredients, including cheese, mushrooms, you name it.  Well, I am not blessed with the gift of pastry making nor endowed with the time to prepare each individual pocket, so I rely on the casserole equivalent.  Mmm, yum.  This is definitely one of Derek’s favorite meals and I try to surprise him with it every now and again.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cups shredded green cabbage
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • 1 lb. mozzarella cheese, shredded or thinly sliced

Brown beef and onion.  Drain.  Put cabbage on meat and steam until tender, approximately 20 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Spread one tube rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan.  Spread meat mixture on rolls, layer cheese slices and put the second tube of rolls on top of cheese.  Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.  Cover the last 10 minutes to soften the crust.

Recipe from Zipcode Cooking, Ainsworth, NE, 2001

Photo by knorrbuzz

Tex-Mex Beef Tacos

14 Apr

Derek has been wanting to add more muscle-building protein into his diet so I’ve been looking for recipes that contain both meat(s) and beans.  We topped these with sour cream and tomatoes and they were very tasty.

Ingredients

  • Cooking spray
  • 1  cup  chopped onion
  • 2  garlic cloves, minced
  • 1  pound  ground sirloin
  • 1  cup  frozen whole-kernel corn
  • 1/2  cup  water
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon  black pepper
  • 1  (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1  (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1  to 3 drained canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 10  (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas

Preparation

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, and beef; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble beef. Stir in corn and next 6 ingredients (corn through chiles). Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spoon 1/2 cup beef mixture into each tortilla.

Recipe from Southern Living