So as I keep mentioning, we have this side of grass fed beef in our deep freeze. One of my kids could eat cheeseburgers every night of the week. One could eat meatballs all day long. They could all eat their weight in steak or roast beef. But those things require remembering to take stuff out of the freezer to thaw in the fridge in advance, and some require heavy prep time.
So I’ve been researching, making up and playing with some quicker ground beef meals that I can just brown the meat from partially frozen, make quickly, are big hits with my family, and is something other than tacos.
I sort of regularly making something similar to this recipe, inspired by Hamburger Helper Cheeseburger Macaroni (which I’ve never actually had), but with fresh ingredients. It confuses me that only my kid who does not like cheese gobbles it up, while the other kids who love all things cheeseburger and macaroni and cheese hardly make a dent in their plates. So I thought I’d change it up. I found this recipe over Kevin & Amanda. Chunky tomatoes are deal breakers with all of the kids in my house. I put in some black beans I had in the freezer. It ended up tasting sort of like chili.
When I called the kids to the table, there was unanimous screams of “NO! I won’t eat it!” I told them they could dip chips in it and sprinkle extra cheese on top to coax them to sit down, and they all nearly emptied their bowls, said they’d like me to make it again, and didn’t leave any leftovers for lunch the next day. My husband said it was one of the best things he’d ever eaten. I’m not sure that’s true, but I’ll add this to the list of household comfort foods.
I started to type out the recipe, but I pretty much followed Kevin & Amanda replacing black beans for the Rotel, using my own taco seasoning (click to see recipe), using water and Beef Better Than Bullion for the broth and shells instead elbows, so I will honorable direct you to check out their site and get the recipe.
There is no way to make it look remotely pretty in the pictures. But it is tasty.