Tag Archives: mexican food

Taco Pasta Bake ****Updated

taco pasta bake

I saw this recipe on pinterest yesterday and decided I just had to try it, I made it last night for dinner and made a few changes but it was so popular that we had no leftovers, my son asked if I could make it again tonight he liked it so much.  So here it is:

1 small box of pasta (any kind, I have used wheels, elbows, mostaccioli it doesnt matter use your fave shape) 1 large onion, diced and sauteed until translucent in 1tbsp of olive oil, 1 lb of ground beef or ground turkey (we have switched to turkey around my house), heaping 1/8 c home made taco seasoning or 1 store bought package, 1 cup water, 1 8oz pkg cream cheese, 1/4 cup shredded tex mex cheese**optional add ins depending on whether you like beans 1 can pinto beans or kidney beans (your preference)–, and/or 1 can fat free refried beans

boil pasta until just cooked then drain and set aside, brown ground beef/turkey after the onion is cooked, drain any fat in the pan,  add taco seasoning (heaping 1/8 of a cup if you make your own), and 1 cup water w/ ground beef, beans and onion for 5 min, add cream cheese and tex mex cheese to beef mixture, stir until melted remove from heat, put pasta in casserole dish, pour the beef, bean and cheese mixture over the top and mix in.  bake at 375* uncovered for 15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, and/or extra tex mex shredded cheese and sliced avocado ( I like all of the above on top) it is OMG delicious!


Easy Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

cheesy, beany, yummy

These were a discovery we made when we wanted to go out for Mexican but didn’t want to to spend the money because we are trying so hard to stay on budget. Brian disappeared into the kitchen and came out with these. Since then we make these instead of going out because they are sooooo good!
Here is what you need, this recipe makes 12 but you can adjust it by how many you want.
12 tortillas
1 can Pinto beans seasoned with onion
I can fat free refried beans
1 and 1/2 cup shredded mexican style cheese
1 onion finely diced and sauteed in butter until clear
1/4 c salsa (optional)
1. make a rue with 2 tbs butter and 4 tbs flour, add 1/4 tsp salt and dry mustard
2. Add 1 c milk to the rue and whisk until thickened. Turn off heat and add 1c of cheese, whisk until smooth.
3. Mix onion, beans salsa and 1/2 cup of the cheese together in a bowl
4. Fill tortillas and roll into enchilada shape.
5. layer in a casserole dish. After the first layer, cover with half of the cheese sauce, continue layering until you run out of bean filling.
6. Cover the top with remaining cheese sauce.
7. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
8. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, extra salsa, whatever you wish.
They are so good we once had them 3 times in week 😉
Hope you like them.