The school year is winding down and as we prepare to leave Stillwater, it is time to start cleaning out the pantries, and freezers to prepare to live out of boxes yet again.  College students generally go through this at least once a year as the summer comes and the summer road leads us each down different paths.  Some lead to home, some to internships, some to beaches and vacations and even some roads lead to international travel!  What do all these journeys have in have in common?  The inevitable late April scrounge.  In an attempt to use up everything in the kitchen, to prevent having to pack it, students are known to fix up some rather interesting meals.  I use this time to my advantage as I love to create new recipes and try new things.  Beef Fiesta Hot Dish, is quick, easy, and affordable.  All of the ingredients are items that are usually found in the pantry and are easy to keep on hand.  I love this idea, it’s a very quick enchilada substitute and is a great recipe to get your kids to help you with.  So much fun!  So get out your aprons, the step stools for the kiddos and spend some quality family time in the kitchen creating Beef Fiesta Hot Dish!

Beef Fiesta Hot Dish
1 lb. Ground Beef
1 Jar Pace Chunky Salsa
(Can be substituted by RoTel)
2 T Tomato paste
6 Medium Size Flour Tortillas cut into 1 inch pieces
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese
¼ C Chopped Onion

In a medium size skillet on medium high heat, cook the ground beef with onions until the beef has browned through.  In a mixing cup whisk together 2 T tomato paste with ¼ C water.  Pour this into the skillet.  Next pour the jar of salsa into the skillet and mix together.  Let this simmer on low for a few minutes while you cut the tortillas into pieces.  Cut the tortillas into 1 inch pieces.  Mix them into the skillet as well.  Then add 1 ½ C of shredded cheddar cheese and stir again.  Pour this mixture into a shallow baking dish.  Top with the remaining cheese. 

Cover with tin foil and bake at 375° for 15 min.  Remove the foil and bake again for 5 – 10 min or until the cheese had browned.

This is a great dish served with a nice summer salad or green beans… remember use what you have on hand!

Beef Fiesta Hot Dish Costs
1 lb. Ground Beef- $1.64
1 Jar Pace Chunky Salsa- $2.49
2 T Tomato paste -$0.50
6 Medium Size Flour Tortillas -$0.77
2 C Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $1.69
¼ C Chopped Onion – $0.24
Total Cost – $7.33 (Serves 4)
Cost Per Plate – $1.83

I hope you enjoy this new favorite as much as I did!

Enjoy the sunshine, the signs of warmer weather on the way, we have so much to be thankful for!

Happy Trails ~ Anna-Lisa