When you need dinner RIGHT now, take advantage of prepared ingredients ! I've done just that for years, especially when the kids were little and both adults worked. Like most family recipes this one has evolved over the years, ingredients aren't always on hand so you use whats available. No queso? Use nacho cheese or spiced up chedder soup and extra processsed cheese, it works as well with tuna or shredded store bought roasted chicken as it does with ground meat, barbque chips instead of doritos or even corn chips, you know what your family likes, they're the ones you need to please, NOT the recipe gods.
For those less used to working in the kitchen, a jar of cheese sauce, some shredded cheese and some boiled pasta can fool your friends into thinking you can actually cook !
Step 1: Getting Ready
1lb box of pasta noodles, any style you want
1 jar of queso cheese
1 bag of doritos
1lb of ground meat
1 package taco seasoning
peppers and onion to taste
shredded chedder cheese
processed cheese (left over velveeta tonite)
american cheese slices
Step 2: Getting Started
While the pasta is cooking, place your unopened jar of queso in a pan of hot water, dice up your peppers and onions, grate the cheese if you bought a block and crunch up the bag of doritos.
When the pasta is done to your taste, strain it and let sit while you get a skillet heated, add the peppers, onions and meat to the heated skillet, season with salt, garlic, steak sauce and worceshire sauce to taste. I used 5grinds of salt, 2 dashes of garlic, tablespoon of steak sauce and 1/2teaspoon of worceshire, this is also where you would add the hot peppers if you were going to
Step 3: Mixin It Up
to make plain macNcheese leave out the doritos and maybe add 1/2 package of cream cheese
In between mixing the noodles and cheese, strain the ground meat, add the taco seasoning using half the called for water and picante sauce (or salsa) and bring to simmer.
once the meat is finished, add it to the casserole and carefully stir it in ( that dish is getting pretty full by now)
you COULD stop here and pop it in the oven but I don't think so !