I don’t like to cook during the week. It’s just myself and my son, so cooking a meal for just the two of us is a little cumbersome. Plus, our schedules are busy during the week with his school schedule/dance schedule and work schedule/activities. Sometimes I don’t get home until late and he’s already eaten because he was hungry (he is a growing teenage boy, after all). So, I’ve found that cooking on the weekend works for us. This way we have leftovers to eat during the week and I know that he’s not eating junk.
A lot of people praise meal prep on the weekends to help save time. That is a fantastic way to plan your meals during the week that way you aren’t scrambling for something to eat before activities.
This weekend I’m making a dish that my mom would make us kids growing up – Taco HotDish. I’m Minnesotan, so if it is a bunch of stuff thrown together and baked, it’s a hotdish. I love this meal because it is a taco without all the messy meal prep and clean up. You use 2 pans. That’s it! And you can customize it to your family’s likes and dislikes.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 tubes crescent roll dough sheets
- 2 packages taco seasoning
- 1 bag of taco flavored Doritos
- 4 cups shredded taco blend cheese
- 8 oz sour cream
- 2 small cans sliced black olives (drained)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add seasoning mix and water according to the seasoning packet. Boil. Add olives and sour cream. Remove from heat and mix all together. Set aside.
Spray your 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Roll out crescent roll dough and press into the pan creating a seamless crust. Press up the sides as well. Crush the Doritos and pour half the bag onto the dough. Press chips into the dough on the bottom and up the sides. Spread 2 cups of the cheese. Add your meat mixture, spreading evenly. Top with remaining chips and the remaining cheese. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until the crescent rolls are a golden brown. Top with your favorite taco toppings (sour cream, salsa, lettuce) and enjoy!
Now, if you don’t have taco flavored Doritos, nacho cheese ones will work. You can also add chilies and jalapenos to your meat mixture with the olives. You can also add diced tomatoes to the meat mixture – just use half the water when you add the taco seasoning. You can also add half the beef, seasoning and cheese if you want. Josh and I love the extra meat and cheese.
You can refrigerate or freeze the leftovers. Although, growing up, we never had leftovers. This makes 1 pan of hotdish, but you can always double it, like I did one weekend.
What’s one recipe growing up that you make for your family today?