Monday, April 25, 2011

Menu for April 26-29: Tuesday-Tex Mex Beef & Mac

Pin It Now! Getting back in town later than I thought on starting the week off on Tuesday.. :)

No, this isn't the little talking glove beef and mac...this recipe has more kick to it!  :)  I found this recipe years ago and I've always enjoyed it.  You can alter it quite a few ways too.  Great, simple, quick weeknight meal.  Some fun ways to tweak the recipe:  add jalapeƱos, use variety of pasta shapes, different types of cheese, try fresh tomatoes, add spinach... possibilities are endless!  :)   Serve with a nice side salad.

1 lb ground sirloin
2 cans (14oz) stewed tomatoes (undrained)
*note: for a little more smokey flavor, use Fire Roasted tomatoes*
1 can diced green chilies (pick your spice..mild, med, hot)
1 Tbs garlic powder
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/3 cup uncooked elbow macaroni (or other fun pasta shape)
1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese (or cheese of your choice)

In a pot, cook macaroni noodles till JUST firm (do not cook all the way)
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add ground beef and brown well.  (I season mine with a bit of garlic powder, black pepper, and salt)
While meat browns, in a bowl combine tomatoes, chilies, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.  Once meat is brown, add tomato mixture and noodles.  Cook 5-10 minutes or until noodles become al dente (cooked, but not mush).
Stir in cheese.
Spoon into bowls and enjoy!!

*Note:  pepper jack cheese can be a bit spicy for some.  If you want a more mild taste, use regular Monterey Jack or Mozzarella.


Anonymous said...

I used to love this as a child :))) Christa

Click and Cook said...

We all devoured this last night. I love the flavors of the chili's and the pepper jack cheese...yum.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

This was on our table every week growing up... Love the memories this brings back! Thank you so much for sharing this... I think I am making this soon!

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