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Southwest Goulash

Growing up in Arizona I know what southwest flavors are…if you’ve ever been to the beautiful city of Sedona then you really know!  Also growing up, we ate lots of goulash, like LOTS.  It’s a yummy and inexpensive meal that feeds a family, right?  So I decided to combine the two and give that extra bit of flavor from home into my new home of the equally beautiful Texas.  It really didn’t disappoint..even the leftovers are gone!  Score!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 cup (8oz) macaroni noodles
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 cup corn, from frozen
  • 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 can diced Mexican-style tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 packet taco seasoning 
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt & pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp extra Virginia olive oil

Garnish (optional)

  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Jalape√Īo slices    

Start this one pot meal by adding a tbsp of olive oil to a large pan or dutch oven on medium heat.  Add in the ground beef and stir occasionaly to brown and cook through. 

Meanwhile, chop up the veggies, rinse the beans, etc. ūüôā

 

Now that the meat it cooked, skim off excess grease and then add in the onions, jalapeŇĄo, garlic, cumin and the taco seasoning packet.  Saut√© and stir often for 3-4 minutes (or until onions are slightly soft).


Next add in the corn, beans, canned and chopped tomatoes  (salt & pepper to taste) and give a toss.

 

Directly after, add in the uncooked pasta noodles and 1 1/2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cover for about 15-20 minutes, till noodles are slightly tender. 

 

While the noodles are cooking in your one-pot wonder, you can get the garnish’s ready!  Again, we like cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro, jalape√Īos, etc.. 


Now that it’s done (quick right??), spoon a good helping into a bowl and add on your favorite toppings!  Enjoy!! 

  

  

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Poor Mans Pickle Burgers

Don’t let the title fool you…even you rich folks can and will enjoy this simple meal! ¬†It’s easy to prepare, a meal can be had in under 30 minutes and you likely have these ingredients already in your refridgerator!

My family can’t stop requesting them, which is fine by me! ¬†To best describe them is a mix of a diner patty melt, loose meat sandwich and a Freddy’s Steak Burger all in one! ¬†Also, not having to shape hamburger patties out makes this both quick AND stretches it farther. ¬†..and trust me, you won’t even miss the normal ketchup & mustard here..just try it my way. ¬†Please…..

The Starting Lineup (makes 4 good size burgers)

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely minced, divided 1:1
  • 4-6 slices American cheese
  • Dill pickle slices, thick cut or lots of them
  • 8 slices bread (I prefer sourdough, but generic wheat or white works! ¬†It’s a “poor-mans” after all!)
  • Mayonaisse (the real deal, not Miracle Whip)
  • A pinch each of salt, pepper & season salt¬†
  • 1 tbsp butter (optional for grilling the sandwich)¬†¬†¬†

Preheat a saute pan to medium heat and add in the ground beef and 1/2 of the minced onions, salt, pepper & season salt.  Cook till meat is browned and onions translucent.

¬†While the meat is cooking, slather the mayonaisse on both sides of the bread…I mean from corner to corner here! ¬†Also, heat up another pan to “grill” the sandwich.

¬†After the meat has finished it’s assembly time! ¬†With the cooked ground beef divided evenly, add a layer onto one slice of the bread. ¬†Top with a bit more minced onions, LOADS of pickle slices and then top it off with a slice or two of the melty American cheese. ¬†*make sure to cover all the toppings with the cheese, this REALLY helps hold it all together!¬† Finally, add on that remaining slice of bread and transfer to the heated pan.

     Grill each side of the poor mans burger for about a minute, till crisp.  Cut on the diagonal and serve with some good ol fries or chips!!  Enjoy!

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