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So my family is all together and I could not be happier. I have been trying to make up for all the home-cooked meals they missed while they were in Iraq.
So what happens when one wants Mexican and another wants Pasta?
Mexican Taco Pasta....of course!
It's actually one of my favorite, easy-to-fix comfort foods. I can prepare this dish, make a salad, fix garlic bread and ring the dinner bell in well under an hour.
It's pretty common sense cooking - but I took lots of pics...
Here are some of the basic ingredients...
...many of them already in your pantry.
How did that get there?
So...while the veggies are being chopped...I start my pasta water.
I like to add salt, olive oil and fresh herbs. I threw in a handful of cilantro.
By the way - this is one of my fave kitchen gadgets. It's a "burger-chopper-upper" from The Pampered Chef. It works really well when browning ground beef.
Next, drain burger then add one package taco seasoning mix - stir well.
Add one large can of tomato sauce, and one small can of tomato paste.
Add a can of Southwestern- style Mexican style Corn w/ Black Beans
Mmmm....baby bella's. Pre-sliced...pre-easy! ;-)
Toss 'em in....
Can you smell the scents? Cumin, onions, cilantro, tomato....oh yea!
Turn the heat to medium, and just let your sauce simmer.
Well, this looks awfully plain. Time to dress it up...
Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese - then some crushed corn chips.
Add the lettuce around the outer edge of the bowl.
I used my hand-painted Portuguese pottery plates. I love how the colors of the dish are reflected in the colors of the plate.
This is a down-home comfort dish with a twist of worldly flavors....
So the next time your family is indecisive about what they want for dinner....give them both.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing dinner with us tonight. There's plenty more - so you are welcomed to seconds. :-)
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May You have a Comforting Day...Barb