Thursday, November 29, 2007

Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Intention: Make a small shepherd's pie for dinner tonight for you and hubby.

Problem: You suddenly realize only have potatoes and the small amount of ground beef you cooked last night. You thought you had frozen veggies. don't. You are now in your pajamas and so is your husband since you were both planning on having a quiet night in watching TV.

Question: What do you do now? What can you do with what is in the house already?

Answer: Ground beef + taco seasoning + salsa + cheese + potatoes = Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes.

Yup, I made a bit oops tonight. Let's face it, what is shepherd's pie without veggies? So I was stuck looking for a Plan B. I was lucky enough to have an envelope of taco seasoning in the house and I put my thinking cap on and everything else just fell together - in a completely unintentional way of course!

Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes

About 1/3 pound lean ground beef
1 teaspoon minced garlic
About a 1/4 packet of taco seasoning (feel free to add more if you really love taco seasoning!)
1-2 tablespoons salsa
2 Medium sized baking potatoes
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream (optional)

Place each potato in foil. Punch holes in foil with fork. Bake at 350F 35 minutes or until tender.

Meanwhile, cook ground beef on stovetop on medium-high heat. Add minced garlic. When meat is fully cooked. Add taco seasoning and salsa. Stir to combine.

When potatoes are done, cool a bit and cut each in half lengthwise. Scoop out a small opening out of the center of each potato half. Place a heaping amount of taco seasoned meat on each potato half. Top each with a generous amount of shredded cheese.

Place in oven at 350F for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream.

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