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PostHeaderIcon Dinner Ideas for Hamburger Meat

Dinner Ideas with Hamburger Meat

Hamburger meat, in any form, is one of the most popular and inexpensive meats out there. There are literally millions of hamburger recipe ideas on the web, many that don’t even require a specific kind of hamburger meat. Although, when it comes time to make dinner, we’re often left scrambling for a recipe idea.

The following hamburger recipe ideas are simple, many containing only a few ingredients. I have purposely left these recipe ideas as basic, so that you may use the list to come up with a specific dinner idea with hamburger meat based on the ideas given. Read the rest of this entry »

PostHeaderIcon 3 Easy Taco Meal Ideas

Tacos are a regular menu item in my house. Doesn’t matter what the day, the kids are constantly requesting something resembling tacos. Being the creative type who doesn’t much care to cook the same thing every night, I’ve had to come up with some alternatives to “just tacos”.

1. Walking Tacos
This has quickly become a favorite around here. Replace taco shells with Doritos, and you’ve got yourself a walking taco.

2. Baked Tacos Cups
Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray, then arrange flour taco shells in the pan. Spray shells with butter-flavor cooking spray (this makes them crunchy). Fill with taco meat and cheese, and bake at 375* for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and taco shells are crispy. We top our’s with sour cream and home-grown tomatoes, although other taco toppings can be used as well.

3. Chimichangas
These are the same as the baked taco cups, but minus the muffin pan. Fill a flour taco shell with cooked taco meat and shredded cheese, place on a pan and bake at 375* for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remember to spray with a butter-flavored cooking spray so the taco shells are crispy. Top with sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, or other favorite taco toppings.

Other ideas include taco salads, taco soup, or casseroles. These we don’t use as often, since we aren’t big lettuce eatters. Plus, we like to keep our meals simple. When in a rush, regular tacos or walking tacos are the easiest, but once in awhile a change is needed and we fire up the oven.


PostHeaderIcon Meal Idea: Walking Tacos

340237_9903My first experience with walking tacos was not a good one. We were at a craft show, and lunch options included a varaity of meals using ground beef. Great idea in theory making multiple different meals out of one big batch of meat, but they failed to realize how unappealing greasy hamburger meat is in a Dorito bag.

Flash forward a few years later, when my significant other requests walking tacos for supper. I was hesitant, because in my mind I had already decided I didn’t like them. It took a little convincing, but I finally decided to give them another shot. I’m so very glad I did, and we’ve made it more than a dozen times since.

To make walking tacos, you need to first start with good taco meat. I recommend making our perfect taco meat. There really is no other way to make it if you want awesome tacos.

Next, you’ll need chips. We always buy a big bag of Doritos, then dish up the chips in bowls.

The rest is a matter of personal preference. Sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, taco sauce, lettuce…whatever you like on a taco should be tossed into your bowl.

That’s it! Fantastic walking tacos your family will love you for! Just be sure to cook your meat right, and they will be perfect. 😉

PostHeaderIcon Easy Mild Chili Recipe

Mild Chili Recipe

Mild Chili for Picky Eaters.

Chili recipes are a dime a dozen, and some make a pretty big deal over their chili. With good reason too – there’s some EXCELLENT chili recipes out there, some spicy, some not so much.

It took me quite a few years to even attempt making chili. No idea why, really, I just never made it. But when I did, I tried the “throw together” approach I use for just about anything new I try. I honestly don’t even think I was trying to make chili the first time, but it’s what it turned out to be!

This chili is a huge hit with my significant other, since he doesn’t much care for anything even slightly spicy. The kids love it too, since it’s easy for them to chow down on.Please do note this is really a basic chili recipe with very few spices, so feel free to add or change anything you may see.

Easy & Mild Chili Recipe

You will need:

2 lbs ground hamburger
(2) 30 oz cans chili-style beans
30 oz can petite diced tomatoes
30 oz can dark red kidney beans
1 Tbs minced garlic or garlic powder
1 Tbs pepper
2 Tbs salt or seasoning salt


1. Cook hamburger over medium high heat in the pot you plan to make your chili in.

For this step you can use a lower percentage of ground beef, since the amount of fat adds to the flavor. Make sure the hamburger is fully cooked before adding the rest of the ingredients.

2. Add cans of beans and tomatoes

The types of beans and tomatoes are only a suggestion. You can adjust the types of beans and sizes of the cans to your liking. Personally, I like more dark kidney beans in my chili, but the rest of the family does not. So I settle for this combo that’s loaded with meat and “hides” the tomatoes. Chunkier cut tomatoes are “spotted” and tossed out by the kids and big kids, but not the petite cut. 

3. Add the spices. Stir well.

As with the cans of beans, the spices and amounts are a suggestion only. Add more or less to fit your family’s tastes. Also, you can use additional spices that you have on hand such as onion powder, chili spices, or specific blends found in the store. 

4. Continue cooking on medium high heat, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until chili is at the thickness you desire.

5. Top with cheese and crackers. Enjoy!

PostHeaderIcon Beef Stroganoff Made with Ground Beef

beef stroganoff recipeHave I mentioned before that I’m a simple cook? Beef tips isn’t something I keep on hand. It’s one of those things I only get if I’m planning to cook something in particular. So when I was looking for beef stroganoff recipes and coming across ones that didn’t use ground hamburger, I was getting a little frustrated.

A few weeks ago I had bought a box of hamburger helper (beef stroganoff). Totally not like me to make something out of a box, but it sounded good. Hamburger helper I’ve never used, and honestly I don’t think I’ve ever had beef stroganoff either. It was so easy, I just knew it wouldn’t be hard for me to duplicate or find a recipe for.

Anyway, after searching and coming up empty handed I decided to come up with my own recipe. I was a bit nervous and tried to duplicate the instructions from that box, adding a few “fresh” ingredients that had been in powder form the last time I made it. It came out absolutely PERFECT, and the kids LOVED it! It may not be an exact beef stroganoff recipe from others you’ve had, but it’s still very good (and VERY easy). So here’s the recipe…….

Beef Stroganoff Made with Ground Beef

1 lb hamburger
1 8oz package egg noodles, uncooked
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk (I used vanilla soy milk, but I’m sure regular milk would be fine)
1 tsp chives
Garlic Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

Cook hamburger, then add the rest of the ingredients. Cook over med high heat. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 10 minutes. Let cool and eat!

I’m all for hamburger recipes that don’t use more than one pan and take less than an hour! Plus of course I always have hamburger on hand, so I can see this is going to be one of our favorites. 😉