Beef and Guinness Stew

This delicious Irish stew made with stout beer is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. It can be started on the stove top and finished in the slow cooker if you want to have it on a day when you will be out and about in the afternoon.

Chili Cheese Burritos

These easy burritos are great for a cold night. If you have cooked ground beef in the freezer, they can be ready in about 15 minutes; if not, it still takes less than 30 minutes to get this quick meal on the table.

Mexican Meatball Soup

This easy slow cooker soup is one of my favorite comfort foods and is a hit with everyone in the family. You could make your own meatballs if you prefer, but we are fans of Costco’s Italian meatballs and use those instead. When you are pressed for time, you can make it on the stovetop […]

Dinner In a Pumpkin

Not sure what to do with all of the pumpkins you brought home from the family visit to the pumpkin patch? Try this festive fall recipe for a hearty beef and rice combination baked and served in a pumpkin. You can either make one large pumpkin or multiple smaller pumpkins if you prefer individual servings.

Chili Relleno Casserole

Making authentic Chili Rellenos at home can be a time- and labor-intensive project, but this casserole version packs lots of flavor without the work. If you prefer a more authentic cheese and it is available, you could substitute Queso Asadero. If you use cooked beef and onions from the freezer, this is a quick and […]

The Hamburger Plan

Here is my “Hamburger Plan”, probably one of my most used so far. I love having all of my favorite recipes in one place, and I find myself referring back to it often… Here are many ideas pertaining to hamburger, “master recipes” are on the left, “secondary recipes” are indented – you assemble these from the master recipes. You can also freeze the portion of the master recipe that is required in the secondary recipe and assemble the secondary recipe on the day you want to eat it. I do this a lot when trying and/or learning new recipes.

Popover Pizza Pie

If you keep browned ground beef and sautéed onions and peppers in your freezer, this is a quick Italian meal to make for nights when you have little time to prepare dinner. It is delicious served with a salad and garlic bread.

Marinade Ideas for the Grill

When you go to the restaurant and order a grilled steak, it has those beautiful grill lines and is so juicy it makes your mouth water before the steak ever hits your lips. With a little practice and just the right combination of marinade and seasonings, you can learn to create a steak marinade just […]

Chipped Beef Gravy

We love to have breakfast for dinner at our house, and one of our favorites is biscuits and gravy. You can make this gravy with either sausage or dried beef, and it can be served over buttermilk biscuits, toast, or soft rolls.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Using frozen meatballs makes Sweet and Sour Meatballs an easy “crisis meal” for nights when you don’t have time for cooking. Serve over rice with a salad or sautéed vegetables and you have a quick meal.

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