Cooking for (sometimes just) two people is a hard concept when you get used to a family of five. I’m always looking for inspiration and a baked tacos recipe had been sitting on my laptop for way too long! Unfortunately for me, we didn’t have the ingredients on hand that the recipe called for.
So what’s a girl to do? Make up her own, of course!
I present to you…Spicy Baked Tacos!
Spicy Baked Tacos
1 pound ground beef, browned
14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
4 oz. can jalapenos
16 oz. can refried beans (spicy)
1 cup Mexican blend cheese
½ cup Colby jack cheese
Seasoning mix: (Make the mix and then use half)
1/2 Tablespoon dried onion flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/8 teaspoon sugar
Corn taco shells
Optional for topping: Lettuce, tomato, hot sauce, pico, avocado, salsa, sour cream
Brown hamburger meat. Drain any excess grease. Add seasoning mix and 3 tablespoons water. Mix. Drain tomatoes and jalapenos and add to meat. Stir in refried beans. Mix well and heat until simmering. Place 12 taco shells upright in 9×13 dish. Fill shells at least halfway with meat mixture. Mix cheeses together and cover each taco. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings—lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, extra cheese, or whatever you like on your tacos. (All I had that day was sour cream and salsa and they were still delicious!) Enjoy!!
P.S. This is my first post other than an “health update” in a long time. For those of you wondering why this post is a little short on “story,” there is a reason behind it. I’ve been looking up a lot of recipe posts in the last couple of years and I get super annoyed at how much scrolling I have to do in order to find the actual recipe!
To be fair, us bloggers are taught to write longer posts because the more people have to read through, the longer they stay on our sites. And that’s good for business. However, some recipes work well with a story and some don’t. This one just doesn’t have any sentimentality attached to it at the moment. It’s a good recipe though and well worth cooking!
I know everybody is busy and sometimes we just don’t have time to read it all. So I promise I don’t get mad if you can’t stick around as long as you’d like to…just make sure to come back and visit soon!
P.S. #2: I took these photos with my phone. I haven’t held a camera in almost two years. Truthfully, I’m not sure my shaky hands will allow it. Please forgive my lack of perfection!
P.S. #3 (and the last one, I promise!): For those of you who have been asking or wondering, I am still technically in remission as far as I know. The last two visits they have messed up the blood test that tells me how many cancer cells I may or may not have. However, I don’t have any new symptoms and none of my other tests indicate a problem, so we believe everything is okay. I go back this month, so they will get it right this time or the administration will be telling me why! I’m on a maintenance chemo pill that just came out of a 10 year trial. It has worked fairly well at keeping people from having a bone marrow transplant and/or relapsing and that is my main goal right now. I’m also looking to see a functional medicine doctor and/or a naturopath as soon as I can afford it. Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes!
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