Fancy Hamburger Goolash

Alright, here’s another quick and somewhat easy recipe.

If you don’t have some of these spices, you can omit them and it’ll be just as good.

You can also omit everything except what I call the holy trinity—salt, pepper, and oregano.

Feel brave? Throw in a jalapeño or red pepper flakes.

I have to tell you, my cooking isn’t an exact science, and as you can see A LOT of things are interchangeable.

All I can say is that there are certain spices you CANNOT be heavy handed with.

Here we go. Here’s what you’re going to need.

  • Rice (I like to use uncooked rice to start but minute rice works)
  • Ground beef
  • Cooking oil
  • Onion
  • Garlic (I use the preminced stuff)
  • Bell peppers
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Cloves
  • Coriander
  • Paprika
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Tomato sauce
  • Apple cider vinegar (or nah.)

So let’s get it.

Load your rice into your rice cooker. Doesn’t matter what kind. If you use minute rice put it directly into the meat sauce AT THE END.

Chop your onions and bell peppers.

Put your cooking oil in the pan, turn it on medium heat.

Toss in your onions and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent.

Add bell pepper.

Then add your ground beef. And add my holy trinity of spices— salt, pepper, and oregano.

Let it brown.

Since my roommate doesn’t like vinegar, I do this next to cook out the ACV as much as possible. DO NOT be heavy handed with it, you will regret it (one tablespoon or less)

Then add your other spices. I’ll tell you the ones to not be heavy handed with:

Clove will make it too aromatic no more than a half teaspoon.

Coriander, omit if you’re really sensitive to cilantro.

Now, hit it with the holy trinity (salt, pepper, and oregano)

Add the tomato sauce. Let it bubble.

If your rice is not done turn your meat to simmer.

Add rice in when it’s done.

If you are using minute rice, dump it in, stir and let it cook until the rice is done.

Now it is time to eat. Enjoy.

Classically,

Angela

My first crack at Dorito Casserole

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe, this ain’t it.

If you’re looking for a quick meal that is greasy, cheesy heaven in your mouth, this recipe is for you.

If you got kids they can help with this one too.

I’m not going to inundate you with an elaborate back story.

It was my turn to cook and we decided to try this because we kept buying Doritos Locos Tacos from Taco Bell.

So here’s what you’ll need.

  • A casserole dish
  • Ground beef
  • Cooking oil
  • Family size Doritos
  • Shredded cheese, doesn’t really matter what kind.
  • A packet of Taco Bell taco seasoning
  • A can of tomato sauce
  • Cream of mushroom soup (trust me on this it binds your taco meat)
  • Garnish with sour cream and possibly other taco toppings.

Pre heat your oven to 400.

Put a pan on the stove at medium heat (or medium high depending on your stove and pan) add your cooking oil.

You know your pan is hot enough when the oil kind of spreads on the bottom. Swirl the pan to coat the bottom.

Brown your ground beef.

Add the tomato sauce, cream of mushroom, and the taco packet, mix well let it kind of bubble. Remove from heat.

If you have kids they’ll probably love to help you with this part. Start crushing them Doritos.

I added Doritos first as a bottom layer.

Then the meat layer. Add some of the cheese. Some more Doritos.

If you have left over ground beef, do ground beef, cheese, then top it off with Doritos and cheese.

Modification: if you don’t want to do layers, put the meat in the bottom, put on the Doritos, and then the cheese.

For this part you can’t wander too far from the oven because it won’t take long for everything to bake and melt, about 10-15 minutes.

Don’t forget your oven mitts, set that thing on the stove.

Add toppings or don’t, but it’s time for a mouth full of greasy cheesy joy.

Until next time.

Classically,

Angela