Taco Dip

This is one of my favorites.  It’s super easy and great for company of for a movie night meal.

1 lb ground beef
16 oz sour cream
8 oz cream cheese
1 pkg taco seasoning, divided
1 – 1 1/2 c shredded lettuce
1 medium tomato, diced
8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese

Brown hamburger meat and add 1/2 package of taco seasoning.  Combine sour cream, cream cheese, and remaining 1/2 package of taco seasoning.  In a 9×13 pan layer:  cream cheese mixture, ground beef mixture, lettuce, tomatoes, & cheese.

Suggestions:

1.  We like to use this as an entire meal.  Omit the ground beef for use as just a ‘dip’.

2.  You could easily add any of the additional ingredients:  taco sauce (layered on top of the cream cheese mixture), refried beans (as bottom layer), black olives, onions, etc.

3.  Great for potlucks!  Goes quickly!

Yum!

Tuna Macaroni Salad

Ingredients

A smooth and creamy tuna macaroni salad – perfect for a picnic or barbecue!

1 cup macaroni
3/4 c cubed cheddar cheese
1/4 c red onion, finely diced
11 oz chunk light tuna in water
1/2 c light miracle whip
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente.  Rinse macaroni under cold water (completes cooking process) and drain.  Combine tuna, pasta, cheese & vegetables.  Combine miracle whip, salt & pepper until well blended and add to tuna mixture.  Mix all until well blended.  Chill for a couple hours before serving.

Yummy, Yummy!

Seven Layer Salad

This is an excellent dish to take for a potluck.  It receives lots of compliments and there isn’t anything left to take home!

1 head iceberg lettuce

1 c shredded carrots
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 c cauliflower, chopped
1/2 c red onion, diced
1 – 10 oz pkg frozen peas
1 1/2 c mayonnaise
2 T white sugar
1 pkg (2 c) shredded cheddar cheese
12 slices crisp bacon, crumbled

Cook bacon until crispy and set aside.  In a large clear bowl (trifle dish works well), layer first 7 ingredients as listed.   Combine Mayonnaise & sugar and spread evenly over top of salad.  Sprinkle cheese and then crumbled bacon over top of Mayonnaise mixture.  Cover and chill approximately 24 hours.  Toss Salad before serving.