Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fun Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas - Mexican Pizza and Mexican Tortilla Dinner

I love sharing quick and easy recipes with people who really need them. You know who you are; the rushed folks who want to eat at home but not spend forever cooking every day. Over the years I've published recipes that are family favorites and everyday comfort foods like soup and casseroles, slow cooker recipes, quick breads and holiday desserts.

My favorite recipes to share, however, are the fun recipes that kids love to help fix and of course eat. That's why I've found two great tasting Mexican-style recipes (since Mexican is my favorite cuisine) that will hopefully break-up the weekday monotony and make dinner fun. Hope you enjoy supper and spending some special time with your family.

Easy Mexican Cornbread Pizza

1 (8.5 ounce) package corn muffin mix
1 pound ground beef
1 (1.25 ounce) package Taco Seasoning Mix
1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar cheese, divided

Mix corn muffin ingredients as directed on package. Spread batter into greased 12-inch pizza pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Brown meat; drain. Add Seasoning Mix and 3/4 cup water; prepare as directed on package. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese over baked crust. Top with meat mixture and remaining cheese. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite taco toppings such as shredded lettuce, chopped fresh tomatoes Thick 'N Chunky Salsa, Guacamole and Sour Cream. You may like to spread a layer of refried beans over the pizza crust before topping with the cheese and meat.

Easy Beef Tortilla Dinner

Onion flakes
2 lbs. ground beef
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can mild Rotel tomatoes
1 tsp cumin seed
1 tsp chili powder
1 dash garlic powder
4 oz. processed cheese, melted
¼ cup sour cream
4 flour tortillas
tortilla chips
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Brown beef and onion together. Mix all ingredients except for chips, tortillas and cheddar cheese together over medium heat until just bubbling. Spray 13x9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Slice tortillas into 2 inch strips and layer bottom of dish Layer tortilla chips in dish with chicken mixture. Place a layer of tortilla strips on top. Cover with grated cheddar cheese. Bake in oven 20 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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