Stuffed Peppers

I’m excited about the arrival of garden peppers! They are so tasty! We whipped this up the other night and it was a hit.

1 lb hamburger
onion
taco seasoning
rice
4-5 peppers
Taco toppings, such as olives, cheese, sour cream, avocado, tomato, etc.

Brown hamburger and onion. Add taco seasoning with water according to package directions. Mix in rice.
Cut peppers in half, hollow out seeds. Stuff pepper halves with meat mixture and wrap in tinfoil. Place on the grill for about 20 minutes. Serve with taco toppings.

The peppers got really soft, but flavorful and the kids even used chips to scoop up their bites.

Three Bean Bake

1/2 lb ground beef (I add a lb of meat sometimes and it works too)
5 bacon strips, cooked and diced
1 onion chopped
2 16oz cans pork-n-beans
1 16oz can butter beans
1 16oz can kidney beans
1/3 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. ketchup
1/4 c. BBQ sauce
2 T molasses
2 T mustard
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper

Brown beef with onions. Rinse and drain butter and kidney beans. Mix sauce. Add all together and bake covered at 350 degrees for 1 hr.

Baked beans were common on wagon trails west. This is a beefed up version from my friend Suzanne.

Crock Pot Potato Soup

My hubby loves this for lunch on cold days–especially if he’s been working outside.

8 large potatoes, cubed
1 tbls diced onion (or one onion)
2 tbls butter
2 tsp of vegetable bouillon
1-2 tbls parsley flakes
6 cups water
2 cups milk
1/2 flour (gluten free works!) mixed with water

Place potatoes, onion, bouillon, parsley, and water in the Crock Pot and cook all day on low or medium.
Half hour(ish) before serving add milk and flour mixture. After soup thickens, it is ready to serve.

For a creamier soup, use 1 can evaporated milk as milk substitute.

Garnish with bacon and/or shredded cheese. Or add 2 cups of diced ham to crock pot for a heartier soup.

Main Meals

After a hard day of working, we all love to be able to have a hearty meal. Here are some of our family favorites and ones we’ve used with our crews.

Later on I may add specific recipes, but if you are stuck for what to do for supper with a crowd of guys–don’t forget the beef you may have in your freezer.
Throw in a couple of roasts with potatoes and carrots.
Grill hamburgers.
Slice kielbasa or summer sausage with vegetables in olive oil, cook until tender. (Add Braggs for extra flavor.) I know, I know…cowboys don’t do stir-frys. But if you use potatoes, green beans, corn, peas, carrots and sausage…well, they’ll eat it. Just don’t call it stir-fry. Call it Sausage and Rice. They may not notice. Mine hasn’t. Shhh!
Round Steak and Potatoes.
Fajitas (These are awesome in a crock pot!)
Stew
Shredded roast–put on buns for sandwiches, or serve on top of rice.

I’ll keep adding more…as I remember what I’ve done or try something new.

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole
*This is a family favorite and can be multiplied easily for big crowds.

1 lb ground beef
1 TBLS dried onion or 1/2 onion
1 packet taco seasoning (we use organic valley because its gluten free)
1/2 cup water
15 oz tomato sauce
1/2 cup rice
1 15 oz can chili beans
1 cup grated cheese
tortillas and/or tortilla chips

Brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain fat. Add taco seasoning, water, tomato sauce, rice, and chili beans. Simmer covered until rice is tender. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve once melted. Sprinkle with crushed chips or scoop with chips. Or spoon into tortillas for burritos. Top with lettuce, tomato, guacomole, sour cream.

If desired, cook in 9×13 pan in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes instead of simmer on stove. Or toss into crock pot on low for a couple hours. If baking add cheese before putting in oven. If putting in crock pot, add cheese just before serving.