I came up with this kid-friendly Southwestern recipe one afternoon when I was using up leftover spaghetti and ground beef. When I'm lucky enough to have extra time, I make two batches and freeze one. —Johanna Van Ness, Wichita, KS
"I'm a teen who likes to cook, and I usually fix supper during summer vacation, since my mom works. One night, I planned a sunflower theme. I made this taco salad and served it 'potted' with the chips arranged to look like a flower head!" —Holly Joyce, Jackson, Minnesota
Authentic Mexican dishes like this one are flavorful and naturally low fat without sacrificing the taste. The flavors leave you always wanting that next bite. Just a preference is a squeeze of lime juice over the avocado.
I take full advantage of versatile ground beef when entertaining by serving up this fun-filled dish. I've used this recipe many times, and everyone enjoys it. No one can resist this beefy entree topped with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and olives.—Kathy Young, Weatherford, Texas
Amy Martell of Canton, Pennsylvania knows how to heat up the dinner table on a cold night. Her zesty chili is chockfull of ground beef, beans and south-of-the-border flair. Whip up the stovetop sensation when you're feeding a crowd, or make sure to save leftovers for the following two recipes.
Cumin spices up this crunchy sandwich filling from Ann Bergstrom of Warrenville, Illinois. In addition to garden-fresh vegetables, it calls for time-saving ingredients such as prepared salsa, canned olives and shredded cheese.
In Forest City, Iowa, Margaret Peterson shares this tongue-tingling combination of savory ground beef and zippy seasonings. Turn a big batch of this mixture into a taco supper when serving plenty of hungry guests. Or use a portion to feed your family, saving the extra meat for the following dishes.