Friday, November 21, 2008

Let me tell you

I'm glad it's Friday! Today did not go as planned at all. Disappointing for me, but even more because I'm worried I may have disappointed some other people. You know what they say about the best laid plans... Things didn't go as planned for Thatboy either. He had to work late tonight while everyone else in his office left around 1 to go grab a drink. No worries though, he's definitely joining in the half day they have planned for next Wednesday! When he called, he asked if I had started dinner yet, which is when I realized, I hadn't.

Has anyone else gotten clued into the fact that I make a lot of last minute dinners? Even with menu planning, there are always those nights I forget to get right on top of things. Luckily, the menu planning serves a purpose even then, because I know I have meal fixings in the house - I just have to look over the week's menu to find what can be made in the shortest amount of time. And this is it. It's my basic Mexican beef recipe - good for fajitas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, pretty much any Mexican dish that involves putting a filling in a tortilla.

By the time Thatboy got home, the onions and garlic were already cooking, which means I was greeted with "dinner smells great" as soon as he opened the door. He's easy to please. The smell of cooking onions and garlic always does it for him.

Beef Mexicana
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 5 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 Tbsp taco sauce
  1. Heat butter, onions, and garlic over medium heat until onions are golden.
  2. Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned.
  3. Add tomato sauce, corn, and taco sauce. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 10 minutes.
Serves 2.
Each serving has:
Calories 453.4
Total Fat 26.4 g
Saturated Fat 11.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.4 g
Cholesterol 93.8 mg
Sodium 778.4 mg
Potassium 865.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 31.3 g
Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
Sugars 3.1 g
Protein 25.7 g


  1. Yum, I've been craving Mexican food lately. I bet the garlic is really good in this recipe - my whole family is big on garlic.

  2. i'm totally impressed that you still manage to throw dinners together at the last minute. whenever the hub has to work late, we somehow end up eating chipotle. every. stinking. time.

  3. That Boy may be easy to please, but I'm pretty sure almost anybody would be pleased with your food.

  4. I am a sucker for anything Mexican, so this is right up my ally.

  5. You are so lucky to have an easy to please husband! I love Mexican any way you make it.

  6. Sometimes those last minute meals are the best. Garlic is a wonderful aroma to return home to.

  7. Mexican is the way to go when you need a quick meal:D

  8. heads up...the DEC/JAN edition of the WC recipe exchange has been posted at:

    I hope you can join us!!!

  9. Sometimes those last minute dinners are the best & most creative ones!

  10. My husband is the same way when he smells garlic and onions cooking! Looks good.

  11. I am easy too. Garlic and onions make me smile every time I smell them cooking. :)

  12. garlic and onions cooking always smells so good. man, it's need to be lunch time already!