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Monday, June 23, 2014

Mexican Food, Chili, and Taco Dip from One Meal

 Mexican food into chili/dip: WHen I make tacos, I buy a few pounds of ground beef.  If you haven't noticed the price is not going down. I buy a large container of the taco seasoning at a discount store or Sam's club.  I brown the meat with a little oil, water, and a lot of the seasoning together.  I also usually add onion powder and more cumin and salt to taste.  Then, I cut up tomatoes, onions, green peppers, colored peppers, lettuce, and sometimes hot peppers.  I buy the soft and hard tacos.  I also put out, chopped up olives, sour cream, salsa, and cheese.  I like to make my own guacamole if avocados are on sale and ripe. A co-worker told me to use my electric burner to brown the soft tacos instead of a pan.  Just wipe it off first. It's kind of cool to see them start to puff up.
After the meal, I have a lot of left overs.  The next day, I use the lettuce as a base for a Mexican salad.  I will still have a ton of food left over.

Mexican Layer Dip Recipe 
*1 block cream cheese
*1 cup sour cream
*1 packet taco seasoning
-MIX together (I use a hand mixer)
In a glass pan, spread mixture on the bottom layer.  On top of that, put a layer of ground beef.  (Not too much!)
Top the beef layer with lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes.
Serve with tortilla chips.

You will still have leftovers even when you make the dip.  Here's what I do for my chili:
I throw everything leftover into a plastic freezer bag together: meat, peppers, hot peppers, and onions.  Usually, I will throw out any olives and lettuce still remaining.  Sometimes I do toss in the cheese too.  Then, when I go to make my huge pot of chili, I am good to go.  After two or three Mexican dinners, I have a lot of beef, peppers, and onions.  I also add tomato pasta, dark kidney beans, and some other ingredients to my chili.  However, I always get compliments on the flavor.  Someday I'll put my full chili recipe on a post.  I like to use masa as a thickener but I haven't had any for a few months.
Here's a "real" Mexican chili recipe with chocolate in it...