Everyday Mom's Meals: It's Not A Rut, It's A Trend

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's Not A Rut, It's A Trend

There are so many of us who find ourselves falling into the mealtime rut. We find dishes our families enjoy and we make them again and again. They are easy because they are tried and true, and they are pleasing because we know they will be successful each and every time. But in my opinion, if you find something that tastes great, is a simple "go-to", and you can switch it up even a little each time, then it becomes a trend, not a rut!

So even though this idea came to me not too long after we enjoyed my Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes, I decided we didn't need to wait. Sure, they were another sloppy joe, but beyond the ground beef, there wasn't many other similarities. But to be honest, with my "boys" I knew I wouldn't have to worry about them complaining about the new trend in my kitchen. After all, they love sloppy joes and they love Mexican food, so I knew these would be a hit. 

Topped with your favorite taco toppings, these can truly be "make your own". How fun for a family dinner, or group gathering! Everyone can have one made to exactly their tastes. So, if you've found yourself in another dinner rut, change it up tonight with these; and then in a couple nights, try the Italian ones above. Then you too can say "It's not a run, it's a trend!"

Mexican Sloppy Joes
1 lb. ground beef
1 (1.1 oz) packet taco seasoning, or 7 tsp. homemade
1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies
2/3 c. water
Salt and Pepper to taste
Shredded Cheddar
Chopped Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce

In a large skillet, brown beef until no longer pink. Drain if necessary. Add taco seasoning and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened. Add green chilies and mix well. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook 5 minutes until flavors develop. Using a slotted spoon, add meat to bun bottoms. Top with cheese, allowing it to melt for a few seconds. Top with lettuce and then tomato (I find this order is best to keep everything together.) or other favorite taco toppings. 

Shared on Make Ahead Meals Mar. 25, 2013
Shared on Mandy's Recipe Box Mar. 26, 2013
Shared on Lady Behind The Curtain Mar. 27, 2013
Shared on Miz Helen's Country Cottage Mar. 28, 2013
Shared on The Country Cook Mar. 29, 2013

1 comment:

Miz Helen said...

Hi Krista,
We will just love this dish! Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen