If you like foods with Southwestern flair, this just might become a new favorite. Loaded with cheese, meat and beans, the layered casserole comes together in a snap. There are never any leftovers when I take this dish to potlucks. —Terri Keena, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Instead of using traditional tortillas and salsa, these out-of-the-ordinary tacos feature crispy pita bread and ranch salad dressing. It's an original recipe from my mom.—Wendy Wilhelm, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Are Mexican-style entrees popular at your house? You'll appreciate the convenience of this seasoned meat that's tasty in traditional tacos. Since you brown all the ground beef at once, you save time and cleanup when using the leftovers.
In Ozona, Texas, Kaleta Shepperson loads her potatoes with a taco topping that's quick, easy and flavorful. "Everyone who tries these potatoes likes them," she comments. "They're almost a meal by themselves. I serve them with breadsticks, a green salad and dessert."
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.
I first tried this recipe in my junior high school home economics class some 20 years ago. As an adult, I wrote home for the recipe and have enjoyed it ever since!—Katie Dreibelbis, Santa Clara, California
I enjoy preparing one-dish dinners, and this is one of my favorites because it's so easy and attractive. Served with tortilla chips or taco shells, it's a fun meal for everyone. And because it's so festive looking, I put the skillet right on the table when we have company.
Meet the Cook: I am a self-taught cook whose family had to eat a lot of "mistakes" till I got the right taste! I changed the meat and flavoring many times in this one-dish meal, for example. Now, it's a favorite. I just served it to 24 people at a party.
My husband and I have seven grown children and 10 grandchildren.
-Joy Rackham, Chimacum, Washington
“These tasty flatbread tacos, made with convenient refrigerated biscuits, are ideal for serving buffet style. Set out the toppings and let everyone make their own!”
-Jennifer Eggebraaten, Bothell, Washington