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Left Over Taco Meat -- What to Make

pman Aug 15, 2006 03:23 PM

Made some mean tacos last night, but have about two cups of seasoned hamburger leftover. Other than tacos, what am I eating tonight?

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    niki rothman RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 03:28 PM

    It depends on what the meat has in it in the way of seasonings. What are they?

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      pman RE: niki rothman Aug 15, 2006 03:57 PM

      Let's see...
      1 small onion , chopped small (about 2/3 cup)
      3 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
      2 tablespoons chili powder
      1 teaspoon ground cumin
      1 teaspoon ground coriander
      1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
      1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      table salt
      1/2 cup tomato sauce
      1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
      1 teaspoon brown sugar
      2 teaspoons vinegar (preferably cider vinegar)
      Ground black pepper

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      citizenconn RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 03:33 PM

      melt some cheese and the taco meat between a couple of flour torillas - quesadillas; spread between a bun with a little cheese and shredded lettuce - taco burger; fry up a flour tortilla shell add lettuce, tomatos, meat, etc - taco salad; add to some scrabled eggs, sauted onions and/or picante for tasty migas.

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        DETROITELLEN RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 03:39 PM

        Chili. Happens to me all the time.

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          jackie de RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 03:41 PM

          Use it to make empanada's. Fun to make, great to eat and you could also add some of the great fresh corn that is out there at this time of year. They freeze well too so leftovers are always a plus!

          1. Dommy RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 03:50 PM

            You can used the seasoned meat to create an awesome meat sauce to serve with pasta (I did almost the same thing last night, a spicy bolognese! :))


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              niki rothman RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 04:40 PM

              What hit me first off is chili mac. Boil elbow mac. until al dete, mix in what you've got with a can of chopped tomats in puree, a small can sliced olives - black or green - either would work, grated monterey jack or mild cheddar cheese to taste. Place in a casserole and bake at 350 - 375 until bubbly and the cheese has melted.

              Sort of on the empanada theme - take your mixture and either a bisquick or frozen biscuit dough and make turnovers - savory pastries - bake on a cookie sheet according to package directions. You could add to the meat mixture some cooked minced carrots and peas too.

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                LoDega RE: niki rothman Aug 15, 2006 05:15 PM

                Red olives?

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                  niki rothman RE: LoDega Aug 15, 2006 10:59 PM

                  Have mercy - I'm fighting a bad cold here. What was I thinking? - kalamatas do look reddish to me, but actually sliced black or pimento stuffed green would be best for this...

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                    LoDega RE: niki rothman Aug 16, 2006 04:36 PM

                    I wasn't being snarky, just curious!! Feel better!

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                LuluTheMagnificent RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 05:01 PM

                I second the chilli mac.

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                  ElissaInPlaya RE: pman Aug 15, 2006 10:52 PM

                  Taco Salad! Easiest non-Mexican entree on the planet. Taco meat, a can of kidney beans, shredded cheddar (or cotija) cheese, a bag of lettuce, diced avocado and tomatoes, sliced black olives and homemade tortilla strips (or store-bought chips).

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                    niki rothman RE: ElissaInPlaya Aug 15, 2006 11:00 PM

                    Taco salad actually gets my vote too - esp. for the summer!

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                      Notorious EMDB RE: niki rothman Aug 16, 2006 02:09 AM

                      Third on the taco salad. (Also my favorite Bud Light radio spot.)

                      Or-- stir it into scrambled eggs for breakfast, and top with salsa and cheese and whatever else floats your boat.

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                        bolivianita RE: Notorious EMDB Nov 8, 2006 05:51 PM

                        Hurray for Taco Salad!

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                    mish RE: pman Aug 16, 2006 12:14 AM

                    Is that taco recipe from Cooks Illustrated? It looks just like the one I use from there and I absolutely love that recipe!!! It's a huge hit with everyone I've ever made it for. I've never made my own shells though--still stick with the store bought. Are they worth the effort?

                    I vote for taco salad too--the taco meat has such a nice flavor and would be perfect with salad.

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                      pman RE: mish Aug 22, 2006 10:36 PM

                      It must be from Cooks, because I got it off America's Test Kitchen. I LOVED the tacos. I think making the shells is the best part of it. Just be careful not to overcook, because you need them somewhat malleable to get all the tasty business in there.

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                      ClaireLiz RE: pman Aug 16, 2006 01:58 AM

                      For future reference - get some phyllo cups. Mix in a little salsa or tomatoes with the ground beef, throw it in some pyllo cups with a little shredded cheddar on top and heat up, you have a great appetizer/snack anytime.

                      1. TongoRad RE: pman Aug 16, 2006 02:16 AM

                        I like the empanadas idea, and have done so myself many times. I'll also suggest chimichangas if you want something greasy and satisfying: layer the meat with refried beans, onions, cheese and chiles for the filling.

                        1. toodie jane RE: pman Aug 16, 2006 04:32 AM

                          stuff some roasted green ancho chilis or some pasta tubes, and use an enchilada sauce instead of a marinara base. Top with pepper jack or casera or cotija cheese.

                          1. pinstripeprincess RE: pman Aug 16, 2006 02:19 PM

                            was at a great little restaurant last night and well they simply used something similar, ie. ground beef seasoned and cooked through mixed in with some tomato paste over.... fried plantains!

                            super simple but a fantastic dish. the sweet starch matches well with the savoury and mildly spiced meat.

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                              super_b RE: pman Aug 23, 2006 02:06 AM

                              what about nachos...if you're not feeling good, it's super easy and delicious.

                              1. mabziegurl RE: pman Aug 23, 2006 07:56 AM

                                thats so funny, i was talking to my bf today about how fried rice is leftovers for chinese people, and he was talking about how tacos are leftovers for the meat they used...

                                maybe you can make some sort of fried rice with it or even top a bowl of fresh rice with it.

                                ground beef stroganoff

                                stir fry with water chestnuts, shitake mushrooms, ginger, a little oyster sauce or even just soy sauce, a little rice wine if you have it, wrap in a lettuce leaf with or without plum sauce and you have lettuce wraps

                                1. designerboy01 RE: pman Aug 27, 2006 09:29 AM

                                  How about a good tomato sauce. 4 small cans of tomato sauce (or 2 big cans), two small cans of tomato paste, basil, oregano, coriander, little sugar, and some garlic.

                                  If you got the other leftovers you can make fried rice. I don't know about the cheese but its your life.

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                                    ElliAlli RE: pman Nov 8, 2006 05:44 PM

                                    Nothing like a Taco Omelette and so easy. I loved the easy Empanata idea and the Mexican twist on Manicotti. Thanks!

                                    1. risky RE: pman Jul 29, 2007 11:46 AM

                                      Make omlettes out of it. My wife and kids love them. Really easy and fast. Throw on some cheeze or whatever you have in the frig.

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                                        c oliver RE: risky Aug 28, 2010 05:06 PM

                                        I don't use ground beef for tacos but, yeah, omelette fillings. It's amazing how little is necessary. Meat never goes to waste in this house. A half cup of something can fill an omelette.

                                      2. salutlemonde RE: pman Jul 29, 2007 12:08 PM

                                        Chiles rellenos? If you have anchos, they're the best, but it works with any chili large enough to get stuffing inside.

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                                          bloo RE: salutlemonde Aug 26, 2010 05:43 PM

                                          how about chili dogs? :D

                                          I am trying the Cook's Illustrated taco recipe tonight which how I found this old thread...

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                                            Krislady RE: bloo Aug 27, 2010 04:30 AM

                                            I've got leftover taco meat, too, and some leftover Mexican rice - I was just going to put them together with some cheese and make some burritos, but now I'm not so sure. . .

                                        2. Perilagu Khan RE: pman Aug 27, 2010 07:11 AM

                                          Taco burgers: taco meat, grated x-sharp cheddar, shredded iceberg, finely diced tomato and taco sauce on hamburger buns. Just about as good as tacos themselves.

                                          1. ZenSojourner RE: pman Aug 28, 2010 05:43 PM

                                            MORE TACOS!

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                                              Veggo RE: ZenSojourner Aug 28, 2010 05:58 PM

                                              Or in cheese quesadillas topped with a tomatillo or Hatch chile sauce.

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                                                bloo RE: ZenSojourner Aug 29, 2010 04:59 PM

                                                more tacos! best answer here :D ty zen s

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                                                kevzprecious RE: pman Jan 9, 2011 01:13 PM

                                                TACO PIZZA
                                                -using a frozen cheese pizza or whatever kind you want...
                                                --get fancy and make your own pizza crust and etc...

                                                so yummy!

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                                                  AdamD RE: pman Jan 9, 2011 01:26 PM

                                                  Tortilla pie. I.E. Mexican lasagna.

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                                                    JuniorBalloon RE: AdamD Apr 22, 2011 01:29 PM

                                                    This is a great idea. Deffinitely going to try it. Lately I've been doing enchiladas with teh left over taco meat. Soften the tortillas in warm butter, spread some taco meat, a bit of cheese, shallots and chopped black olives. Roll up and place in a baking dish. Cover with enchilada sauce top with chees and bake at 375 for 45 mins. Absolutely a guilty pleasure and great as lunches the next day.


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                                                      gsElsbeth RE: JuniorBalloon Apr 25, 2011 10:36 AM

                                                      I do this with a flour tortilla, butter one side, soften on grill 15 secs, flip, then fill with taco meat and cheese. Roll up with all edges closed. Bake (sealed sides down) till tortilla is crisp (at about 350 for 25-30 mins.) I pass the onion, lettuce, avocado, salsa separately. We call it a chimichanga, but perhaps more accurately it's a burito?

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                                                    jbsiegel RE: pman Jan 9, 2011 04:02 PM

                                                    Great baked potato topping!

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                                                      LuluTheMagnificent RE: pman Jan 10, 2011 08:25 AM

                                                      i threw mine in a spaghetti sauce and cooked a few hours on low heat. tasted great

                                                      1. BombayUpWithaTwist RE: pman Apr 25, 2011 12:40 PM

                                                        Tamale Pie

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