Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

It’s no secret how much I love tacos.  I could eat them every single day!  I like to change it up with a quick taco salad every once in a while.  There is a lot of veggies and nutrients in a taco salad.  You can literally put any salad item you like into this.

This one I make is fairly traditional and simple. Take a look!

Simple Ground Beef Taco Salad

Servings: 2 Taco Salads

Ingredients:
12 oz lean ground beef
2 T taco seasoning (reduce sodium)
1/2 cup-3/4 corn, cooked
1/2 cup-3/4 black beans, drained
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
1/2 cup, shredded cheddar cheese
8 cups lettuce, chopped
4 T cilantro, chopped

Sour cream:
1/2 Cup lite sour cream
1 lime, juiced
1/2 T extra virgin olive oil
2 t chili powder
1 t cayenne pepper
1 t garlic powder
1 t onion powder
1 t salt
1 t pepper

Directions:  In a medium bowl add in the sour cream, olive oil and lime juice and mix well.  Season the sour cream with seasonings above. Stir and set aside.

In a medium saute pan add in the ground beef, break up the meat as it’s cooking.  Season with the taco seasoning and completely brown the meat and cook through. (Note: If you aren’t using a lean beef, you may want to drain the fat prior to adding the taco seasoning, or drain on paper towel once cooked.)

For the corn and black beans you can put in  the salad warm, room temp or cold.  It’s really a preference.  Personally I warm the corn and black beans up slightly.

To assemble the taco salad, add 1/2 chopped lettuce to a bowl (4 cups), then top about 5-6 oz of ground beef, right in the middle.  Next add the rest of the toppings, black beans, corn, red onion, tomatoes, cheese, avocado and cilantro.

Top with a few dollops of your sour cream and serve!  I like to mix mine up so I get a little of everything with each bite.

Note: My taco bowl shown doesn’t have cilantro as I was out of it! I put in the recipe because I love it and I think everything Mexican food related should have it! 🙂 Also, you can easily substitute your favorite protein. Or add more beans for a vegetarian option.  There is no rules!

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Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon

I love a good Filet Mignon!!  Having a tender piece of meat with a blue cheese crust is one of my favorite thing.  The first time I actually had it was a an upscale steak house.  It wasn’t soon after that I was attempting to make at home!  I was so surprised how it came out just like the restaurant. It’s not the healthiest, so I don’t make it often.

If you don’t love blue cheese like I do, you can definitely use a different cheeses. Parmesan or Romano cheese work wonderful too!

Blue Cheese Crusted Filet Mignon

Ingredients:

Crust:
1 stick salted butter, softened
1/4 cup + 2 T breadcrumbs, Italian seasoned
4 T crumbled blue cheese
1/2 T Extra virgin olive oil
2 t Italian seasoning
2 t garlic powder
2 t onion powder
1 t pepper
1 t garlic, finely minced or grated

Steak:
4-6 Filet Mignon, 6 oz each
Kosher salt
Pepper
1 T olive oil

Direction: In a medium bowl add stick of butter and smash down.  Sprinkle in the breadcrumbs and add in the seasoning (Italian Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and pepper.)

Next add in the garlic and blue cheese and mix together well. Make sure everything is fully incorporated.

Spread out plastic wrap and add the butter mixture into the middle. Fold over the plastic wrap and shape the butter into a thicker log.  Wrap tightly and place in the refrigerator for a few hours till it hardens.  Note: this butter will last 7-10 days in the refrigerator.

For the steak, season the meat generously with salt and pepper.  Heat a medium large skillet/cast iron to high heat.  Next add in the oil.  Sear the meat on both sides.  You will want to cook according to your taste.  I like mine medium rare, so I would cook it 3-4 minutes on each side depending on the thickness of the filet.

After the steaks are seared add them to a broiler safe dish/pan.  Slice the butter into about 1/2 inch discs. (Thicker if you want a thicker crust) Top the steaks with the butter, you may need 2 depending on the sides of the filets.

Place the steaks in the oven on broil for about 3-4 minutes. Watch the steaks and make sure the crust is nice and golden brown.  Too long and the crust will completely melt.  ( It will still be delicious, but not a crust)

Remove from the oven and let rest a few minutes before serving.  Serve with a nice baked potato.  Enjoy!

 

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Filet Mignon Crostini

This is a little bit of an upscale appetizer.  Not overly fancy, but I guess people assume it’s fancy when they see the words Filet and Mignon!  This crostini is super simple to make.  You don’t have to use a filet, you can use any steak or any left over beef you have.  It’s better for a more tender piece of meat, but anything you have will do.

Think of this for your next party or even a fancy night in!

Filet Mignon Crostini

Ingredients:

Crostini:
1 baguette (about 10 oz) sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 t pepper
2 t salt

2 filet mignon steaks, (about 8 or 9 oz total)
2 t salt
2 t pepper
2 t steak seasoning (optional)
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
3 T horseradish
salt, sprinkling

Direction: Preheat oven to 350°. Arrange slices of bread on a large baking sheet. Brush both sides with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake until golden brown about 15-20 minutes. Once done, let cool.

In a small bowl mix together the ricotta and horseradish.  Set aside.

Rub oil over the steaks on both sides.  Seasoning the steaks with salt, pepper and steak seasoning on both sides.  Cook steaks the way you prefer.  Grill for 4 minutes on each side depending on grill temperature and thickness of the filets.  Once finished cooking let rest. Once rested, thinly slice the filet.

To assemble the crostini, spread a layer of ricotta mixture on top of the crostini.  Add a slice of the filet on top and finish with a light sprinkle of coarse salt. (This step is optional, just helps bring out the flavors)  Serve immediately.
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Chili Cheese Wonton Nachos

These wonton nachos are a perfect change up to the traditional nachos.  I absolutely love making chips with the wonton wrappers!  I sometimes buy them to just make up a batch of chips and eat with salsa or dip.

They cook super fast and can go from under cooked to burnt very quickly so you must keep an eye on them.

You can switch up the nacho toppings to whatever your heart desires.  I made these nachos when I had very little food in the house.  I actually used a can of chili and then topped with cheese, onion and sour cream.  The canned chili has a nice smokey flavor that adds to these nachos.  If you have ground beef at home, feel free to make your own taco meat, or add in some diced chicken!  Either will be delicious in this recipe.

Chili Cheese Wonton Nachos

Ingredients:
20 wonton wrappers, cut in half
2 T olive oil
2 t salt
1 small can no beans chili
3/4 cup shredded cheese
1/2 small onion, diced

Additional Optional Toppings:
Salsa
Avocado
Guacamole
Black Beans
Olives
Lettuce

Directions: Preheat oven 400.  Add the wonton wrapper to a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil on each side and sprinkle with salt.  Bake in the oven 7-8 minutes, flipping halfway through.  (Keep an eye on them as they can burn quickly, cooking times will vary) If they aren’t that crispy but are starting to get golden, remove from the oven and let sit.  They will crisp up as they cool.  Let cool completely before assembling the nachos.

Add the chili to a small sauce pan and heat completely through. (Or in the microwave)  To assemble the nachos, lay the wonton chips down on platter and top with the chili, cheese and diced onion and top with remaining toppings you want.  Serve immediately!

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Garlic & Herb Compound Butter (For Steak)

I love making a compound butter to enhance meats when they are cooked! This compound butter is perfect for grilled steak.  It adds a nice succulent flavor to the meat. You can use this butter on so many things.  It keeps well in the refrigerator, too!  Give it a try the next time you make a nice steak!  I used most recently on a nice thick ribeye!

Garlic & Herb Compound Butter (For Steak)

Ingredients:
1 stick soften salted butter
1 T fresh thyme,finely chopped (1/2 T dried)
1 T fresh rosemary (1/2 T dried)
2 garlic cloves, finely grated
2 t onion powder
1/2 T olive oil
1 t salt
2 t black pepper
2 T grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions: In a small bowl add in the soften butter and smash down with a fork.  Add in the olive oil, garlic, all seasoning and cheese if using.  Mix really well.  Next form into a ball and place on top of plastic wrap.  Form the butter into whatever shape you want. I usually do a log like shape. Wrap well and put in the refrigerator for at least a few hours.  When ready to use, slice and use on top of steak. Yum. So much flavor and so delicious! This will last about 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 3 months in the freezer.

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Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip

This crock-pot chili dip is super simple and easy to make.  You can double it up for a pot luck or party or you can just make one recipe for a weekend snack!  I made this in my mini crock-pot. If you are going to double it up you may want to use a bigger crock-pot!

Crock-Pot Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients:
16 oz Velveeta cheese, diced
1 can no bean chili
1/2-3/4 cup milk
3 T taco seasoning (more to taste)
1 small onion, diced
1 cup Monterey jack cheese (optional)

Directions: Add diced Velveeta cheese to crock-pot. Next add in chili, taco seasoning, onion and mix.  Gradually add in the milk. Start with less, you can always add more later.  Let cook on low 2-3  hours. Stir occasionally. If you notice it’s still too thick, add a little more milk.  Add in extra cheese if you want and mix up and let cook another 30 minutes.  Once done, serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

Notes: If you prefer more chili, add in a second can. I like less so you can always add more.  Always start with less milk.  If you add to much milk at first it may be too thin and you want it to be a little thick and not real runny.

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