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Fast & Simple Taco Bake

We are huge lovers of tacos in this house and taco Tuesday is something we all look forward to! But sometimes I like to mix it up and do something different with the tacos. I recently made a delicious taco bake that was such a huge hit in my house that I needed to share it with you. The kids devoured this dinner. Seriously. It was gone before I could even think about getting seconds!

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Ingredients:
2 cups nacho doritos, crushed
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 pkt taco seasoning
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
shredded lettuce, sour cream, chopped tomato, taco sauce for topping

Directions:
1. Cook ground beef and onions; drain.
2. Add taco seasoning and 1/4 cup water; simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Lay crushed Dorito chips in bottom of 13×9 pan.
4. Spoon meat mixture evenly over top.
5. Top with shredded cheese.
6. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.
7. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, and taco sauce.

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I cannot wait to make this again. And one of the best parts is how much I was able to make for the price. Normally when I make tacos I have to use at least 3 lbs of ground beef. This recipe only used 1 lb! That’s a huge amount of money saved! Give this one a try, you will not be sorry!

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Ultimate Baked Chicken Taco Nachos

My kids love anything remotely Mexican for dinner in this house. They are always asking for nachos and I finally made some delicious ones awhile back. Tyler had a big group of friends over and they were looking for something to nosh on while they watched a basketball game. I had all the ingredients on hand so I tossed together a big pan of Chicken Taco Nachos. They were so good! 

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Ingredients:
1 bag tortilla chips
2-3 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
1 packet taco seasoning
1 bottle taco sauce
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
Black olives, chopped tomatoes, sour cream for topping

Directions:
1. Line a baking dish with foil sprayed with cooking spray.
2. Spread out tortilla chips on foil.
3. In small bowl, combine cooked chicken with taco seasoning and 3 Tbsp water. Add 2 Tbsp taco sauce and mix well.
4. Spoon chicken mixture over top of tortilla chips.
5. Spread black beans on top of chicken.
6. Cover with shredded cheese.
7. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
8. Serve with sour cream, tomatoes, olives, and more taco sauce.

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The guys devoured this. I had to make a second pan for everyone else because the first pan was gone so fast. I will definitely be making this one again- it’ll be great in the summer time!

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Easy Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

I am always searching for new ideas for fast weeknight dinners that my kids will eat without whining and this one is a winner for sure! I literally threw this together with leftover taco chicken and ingredients I had in the pantry and fridge. And the kids ate it without complaint and even asked for seconds! That’s a win, y’all. 

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Ingredients:
3-4 chicken breasts
1 pkt taco seasoning
8oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 pkg flour tortillas
Toppings: Sour Cream, Guacamole, Pico de Gallo

Directions:
1. Cook chicken breasts in crockpot with 4 cups of water on High for 4 hours.
2. Shred chicken; in large bowl combine chicken, taco seasoning, 1/4 cup water, and shredded cheese.
3. Lightly butter one side of 2 tortillas.
4. Lay buttered side down in heated skillet, top with enough chicken mixture to cover, and lay non-buttered side of second tortilla down on top of chicken mix.
5. Cook and flip until both sides are crispy and browned.
6. Serve with toppings of choice.

I used my grilled cheese maker to brown the tortillas because I’m lazy and it was super fast on a busy night. It took maybe 5 minutes to make these in the grilled cheese maker. I really love that thing. It’s probably the most used small appliance in my kitchen after the coffee maker. Because let’s be real. Coffee=life in this house. I will definitely be making this again!

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Easy Family Favorite Baked Spaghetti

One thing I can always count on in this family is if I make pasta, everyone is happy. Seriously. Every person in this house will eat seconds (and thirds) of any kind of pasta with any meat and any sauce. I really should just make pasta every single night. Unfortunately I like more variety in my diet than my kids do. This baked spaghetti recipe was more of a hodge podge of ingredients that I had on hand just tossed together but it turned out amazing. In fact, I loved it even more than my original baked spaghetti recipe that I’ve been making for over a decade!

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Ingredients:
1 box of spaghetti noodles, cooked
1 lb ground beef
1 jar (26-30 oz) spaghetti sauce
1 jar (16oz) Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1/2 cup diced onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Directions:
1. Brown the ground beef in large pan with diced green peppers and onions; drain.
2. Add spaghetti sauce to ground beef mixture and combine.
3. Combine cooked spaghetti noodles and alfredo sauce until well coated and pour in bottom of 13×9 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
4. Pour sliced mushrooms over top.
5. Cover with spaghetti sauce mixture.
6. Top with mozzarella cheese. Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
7. Cover pan with foil.
8. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

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I’ve never made Baked Spaghetti with Alfredo sauce before and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. It was delicious! The kids raved about it. One of the most common complaints about my normal baked spaghetti recipe was that it was a little too dry. Adding the Alfredo sauce gave it just enough moisture to make it perfect. I cannot wait to make this again!

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The Most Amazing Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Matt wanted something different for our Super Bowl party this year. We did the typical appetizers and the obligatory pizza and wings. But he wanted something else too. We decided on these amazing Philly Cheesesteak Sliders. I love sliders of any kind and he loves Philly Cheesesteak. They turned out so amazingly delicious. It was a last minute addition to the menu that I literally tossed together an hour before guests were set to arrive!

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Ingredients:
1 package slider rolls
1 bag refrigerated steak slices
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 onion, sliced
6 slices cheese (we used mozzarella)
3 Tbsp mayo
3 Tbsp butter, melted

Directions:
1. Separate top and bottom of slider rolls and lay bottom (still connected) in baking dish.
2. Heat the steak sliders in pan.
3. When heated through, add the peppers and onions until sauteed.
4. Spread a layer of mayo on bottom rolls.
5. Spread the steak, peppers, and onions on top of mayo.
6. Lay cheese slices over top.
7. Spread mayo on top rolls and put the top rolls over cheese.
8. Brush the top of the rolls with melted butter.
9. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
10. Remove foil and continue baking for 10 minutes.

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Now, I would recommend using Provolone cheese slices instead of mozzarella. But due to some insanely picky kids who happen to live in this house and hate Provolone cheese, I had to make due with mozzarella. It was still delicious and yummy and we ate every single crumb. So I highly suggest making these!

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