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Salsa Chicken Nachos

My husband loves Mexican food (especially nachos). Any way, shape or form! If there are any nachos around, he will eat them. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Mexican restaurants. For one, we always spend more money than the food is worth and two, most places just don’t taste that great. I’d rather make the food at home for a fraction of the cost (even with all organic ingredients) and it usually tastes way better than anything you could get in a restaurant!

So, one day (after being tired of my refusing to waste money on going to a Mexican restaurant), my husband decided to make nachos at home. He found this fabulous idea to use shredded chicken and add salsa for an amazing taste. Now the recipe has become a family favorite! It’s easy, simple, and inexpensive to make. We normally have all he ingredients at home to make this and it’s our go-to when we don’t know what to make for dinner. 

Plus, it satisfies my husband’s craving for all things Mexican. He’s happy (good Mexican food), I’m happy (tasty food that’s cheap) and it makes for one happy dinner table.

Salsa Chicken Nachos
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Ingredients
  1. 1 bag tortilla chips
  2. 1/2 lb. shredded chicken
  3. 1/4 c. salsa
  4. 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  5. 2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spread out a layer of chips on a baking sheet.
  3. In a medium skillet, combine chicken and salsa over medium-low heat.
  4. Stir until heated through.
  5. Sprinkle half of chicken mixture over the chips.
  6. Sprinkle half of the beans over the chicken.
  7. Add the last layer of chips, chicken and beans.
  8. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the top of the nachos.
  9. Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  10. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. This recipe is a great one to modify! Add more or less of the chicken, chips, beans and/or cheese. Whatever your family likes, just make it up that way! I tend to like it with more cheese and less chips, but my husband prefers it just the opposite, so sometimes we split the pan in half and we make each side to the way we like it.
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Inside Out Taco Skillet

Mexican food is probably my husbands favorite food category ever. I’m pretty sure that if we ate nothing but Mexican every night of the week, he would be happy! So as you can imagine, tacos are a big hit in the family and we have them often! 

One night, though, we went to make tacos and discovered that we only had a few tortillas. Well, there was always nachos we could make, but we made those often and we were also short on cheese. So what were we going to do?

Well, my husband is a bit of a creative genius when it comes to the kitchen (at least compared to me!). He can take random ideas and make the tastiest food with no recipe. So he takes the few ingredients that we had and came up with this simple, but oh so good taco skillet. It has the taste of tacos, with the simplicity of being a skillet dish (less dishes is always a winner in a RV!). We could make up a skillet, plop in on the table and sit around with a bag of tortilla chips (great for when you’ve eaten all the tortillas, but still have the meat and bean mixture left), and eat to our heart’s content. So started this simple, cheap and super easy recipe that’s now a staple in our house when we’re hungry, but the groceries are low.

In fact, I always have frozen ground beef, taco seasoning (try out this great homemade mix!), black beans, cheese and tortillas on hand, so making this recipe is a cinch! When we have friends or family over, we can also offer a really good snack that is perfect for feeding a crowd and is easy on the budget. How can it get any better than that? 

Try out this simple and yummy recipe. I think you’ll really enjoy it! 

Inside Out Taco Skillet
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. ground beef
  2. 1 c. water*
  3. 2 Tbsp. taco seasoning or 1 batch of our Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix*
  4. 1 c. chunky salsa
  5. 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, drained
  6. 3 (8 in.) flour tortillas, diced
  7. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef.
  2. Add in water and taco seasoning and cook until liquid has thickened.
  3. Mix in the salsa, black beans and tortillas and cook until beans are warmed through, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Stir in cheese until melted and then serve with a side of tortilla chips.
  5. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. We've only tested this recipe with our homemade taco seasoning mix. If you are using commercial taco seasoning mix, I recommend cutting down the amount of water to 1/2 cup.
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Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

A little bit ago, I had a massive craving for chicken pot pie. I was feeling lazy and not wanting to cook, so I picked up a pre-made chicken pot pie from Trader Joe’s. After waiting for a bit, I finally decided to eat my prize. Yuck! I had forgotten how much I disliked their chicken pot pie! The flavors aren’t what I’m used too and honestly, it was just gross to my palate. 

So what to do? Well, we had two recipes for chicken pot pie in the family. One was simple, since it was made with canned vegetables, a can of cream of chicken soup and pre-made pie dough. Now this was a really good recipe and great for when you’re short on time. However, a little while ago, my mom had tried a new recipe, I think from Taste of Home. It was for a completely from-scratch cheesy chicken pot pie. It looked insanely good! So we took the extra time and made it. My goodness, was that ever a good chicken pot pie! 

So even though I didn’t feel like cooking, my cravings were leading me to the from-scratch recipe. On Saturday, while my husband watched the kids play outside, I made this recipe. I was not happy about all the work, but I did it anyway. (It really isn’t that much work. I was just being lazy. It does take some time but is fairly simple.) When it finally came out of the oven, we all dove in eagerly. 

Wow, it was so worth the extra effort! It’s a creamy, cheesy, saucy recipe that is chock full of veggies and chicken. The homemade crust was flaky and delicious. I don’t think I’ll ever complain about the work again, because it was worth it!

Try this recipe! It is totally worth it, a cheap meal and simple to do. I’m sure your family will love it as much as ours does! (Even our picky children ate every bite.) 

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie
Yields 6
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CRUST
  1. 1 c. flour
  2. 1/2 tsp. salt
  3. 5 Tbsp. cold butter, cubed
  4. 3 Tbsp. cold water
FILLING
  1. 1 1/2 c. chicken broth
  2. 2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  3. 1 c. sliced carrots
  4. 1/2 c. sliced celery
  5. 1/2 c. chopped onion
  6. 1/4 c. flour
  7. 1 1/2 c. milk
  8. 2 c. shredded cheese
  9. 1 lb. chicken thighs (or breasts), cooked and cubed
  10. 1/4 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
CRUST
  1. Combine flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resmebles coarse crumbs. Slowly add water, a tablespoon at a time, mixing with a fork. Gather the dough into a ball and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Filling
  1. Bring broth to a boil and add in carrots, celery and onion. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes. Add in potatoes and continue simmering for another 5-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Shake the flour and milk together, add to the pot. Stir constantly over medium heat until the mixture is bubbly and slightly thickened. Add cheese, chicken and poultry seasoning. Cook and stir until all the cheese melts. Pour mixture into a 7x11 pan (or a 10 in. or 2.5 to 3 qt. dish).
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to fit the pan. Place on casserole, seal edges and patch any holes. Make several slits in the center.
  3. Cook at 425 for 40 minutes or until crust is browned.
Adapted from Taste of Home
Adapted from Taste of Home
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Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese

 

When I was growing up, my mom never really cooked from a box. She always did everything from scratch…including macaroni and cheese. My mom always made this delicious mac ‘n cheese that I requested often. It was only at friends houses that I would have the boxed mac ‘n cheese. I never really liked it, and to this day, I prefer the one that my mom made me growing up. 

As I started cooking, I was surprised to discover how easy and simple this meal is. It requires only three ingredients and just a few simple steps to put together. While it can be a bit plain to someone who is used to overly processed foods, my family has discovered that a bit of pepper (regular or seasoned pepper) makes the meal very enjoyable.

You can also add ham, sausage, veggies; the possibilities are endless! Just take the base recipe and add whatever your family loves. Our favorite has been to add ham. Just toss in some chopped ham before it goes in the oven and while it’s cooking, toss a salad together. A quick and easy meal the whole family will love!

Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 16 oz. pasta
  2. 16 oz. cheddar cheese
  3. 2 cups milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Cook pasta according to directions. While pasta is cooking, dice the cheese into 1/2 in. cubes. Grease a 13x9 pan. After draining pasta, add half of the pasta to the pan. Add half of the cheese. Repeat layers. Pour milk over the pasta and cheese. Bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring halfway through. Serve hot and enjoy!
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