Low-Carb Taco Casserole

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Low-Carb Taco Casserole with Fork

This Low-Carb Taco Casserole is one of my favorite low-carb dishes. It’s slightly spicy and full of flavor. Plus, easy to prepare and great for meal prep.

Whenever I am eating low-carb, I find it easier to transition my diet with Mexican dishes. You can easily remove a lot of the higher carb components, and using spices packs a lot of flavor so you don’t feel like you are missing out. This Low-Carb Taco Casserole is one of our favorite low-carb dishes. It’s easy to make, and it’s great for meal prep.

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Italian Creamed Beef and Buttered Pasta

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Italian Creamed Beef and Buttered Pasta

Italian Creamed Beef and Buttered Pasta is one of the most comforting and decadent meals you can make at home. Plus, it’s ready in about 40 minutes!

Italian Creamed Beef and Buttered Pasta is one of the most comforting and decadent meals you can make at home. It starts with perfectly al dente pasta that’s covered in olive oil and butter. If that isn’t enough, it’s topped with thinly sliced beef that’s braised in a flavorful Italian cream sauce.

Growing up, our family made weekly meal plans. Each family member was responsible for choosing at least one meal each week. Four out of five times, this was my mom’s choice for dinner. She loves it that much! Our family ate it so much, we had to ban it for a while. But after a break, we were more than happy to eat it again.

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How to Save Money on Ground Beef

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Ground Beef Saving Money Tricks

Save money on ground beef by buying in bulk, portioning the hamburger into smaller amounts, and freezing for later use. For more savings, buy when it’s on sale!

Most of my money-saving tricks come from my parents. And this idea to save money on ground beef is no exception. While we were growing up, my parents always kept an eye on when meat would go on sale. And when it did, we would stock up and freeze it for later use.

So many people are on a tight budget, and every dollar saved counts! So, if you want to learn how to save money on ground beef too, keep reading on!

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Tater Tot Casserole (Pantry Meal)

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Tator Tot Casserole Bite

Layer flavorful ground beef, veggies, cheese, cream of chicken soup, and tater tots until hot and bubbly for tater tot casserole the whole family will love!

Depending on where you live, Tater Tot Casserole may also be called Tater Tot Hotdish. No matter what you call it, it’s a family favorite, kid-friendly, weeknight meal that comes together simply and quickly for dinner. It’s easy, creamy and and oh so yummy!

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Dinner in a Pumpkin (Pumpkin Casserole)

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Dinner In a Pumpkin Baked (Pumpkin Casserole)

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a casserole cooked right inside a pumpkin! As you serve it, scrape out the tender pumpkin to eat along with the delicious filling!

I get SO excited for Halloween! One of the things I always look forward to is Dinner in a Pumpkin, or pumpkin casserole. Since this dish is seasonal, it’s always really special when I get to eat it. So, I make it as often as I can while pumpkins are still available.

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Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac and Cheese

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This yummy Instant Pot Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese is an inexpensive one pot meal that elevates an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese in about 30 minutes!

Several years ago, a friend taught me how to make this recipe for Tex-Mex Mac & Cheese. Subsequently, it quickly became one of my favorite ways to spice up an ordinary box of macaroni and cheese!

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Slow Cooker Lazy Chile Colorado Burritos

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Lazy Chile Colorado Burrito and Spanish Rice

Lazy Chile Colorado Burritos with tender cubes of beef, enchilada sauce, cheese, and beans wrapped in a tortilla and smothered with more sauce and cheese!

If you’ve never had it before, Chile Colorado is a traditional Mexican dish of beef stewed in a red chili sauce. It’s often served with tortillas and a side of refried beans.

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Dad’s Beef Spanish Rice

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Dad's Beef Spanish Rice with Melty Cheese

Ground beef, cheese, rice, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, and Mexican spices come together to make the best Beef Spanish Rice side dish or full meal!

Growing up, my family always complained when my dad made his Beef Spanish Rice. As a kid, I didn’t like the green peppers and onions in his recipe. It wasn’t until later in my life that I learned to appreciate my dad’s recipe.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and Gravy

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Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Bite on Fork

A slow cooker does all of the work for this beef pot roast–including making its own gravy! Dump 6 ingredients in a slow cooker and forget it for 9-10 hrs.

One of my dear friends, Brandi, introduced me to this recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast when she entertained my husband, Jonny, and I for game night at her house. From the first bite Jonny and I were hooked, and we ranted and raved about how good it was. Jonny whispered to me under his breath that I should ask her how she made it, so I could make it for him too. Brandi was surprised at our reactions because she explained it was made with just a few ingredients all thrown into the slow cooker. Those are the best kinds of recipes!

Every time I’ve made this recipe since then, we still have the same reactions after the first bite. This beef pot roast and gravy is so flavorful, and we both say, “Yum!” out loud. The slow cooker does all of the work for this recipe — including making its own gravy! The beef does not need to be seared before hand, and all the ingredients can be dumped in to the slow cooker and forgotten.

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