Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza

Yes, you heard right:  Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza… yum!  When my friend Autumn text messaged me on Monday night and told me she was going here, I was instantly drooling.  Now, about a year ago, I made a Pilsbury recipe for Mexican Bubble Pizza.  It was alright, but let me tell you:  This was amazing!

I started with the base of any great taco meat….  Half a large onion, a small green pepper, and one jalapeno all chopped up fine.

I let them soften in the skillet, then added a pound of ground beef.  Once that was browned, I added a packet of taco seasoning, and a half a cup of water, and let it simmer while I worked on this (and forgot to take a picture of my taco meat 🙂 )…  The sauce and the bubbles!  I used a 24 oz jar of salsa and a cup of  ‘refried’ beans.  Now, m pizza was very saucy, you could have only added two cups of the salsa and been okay… I didn’t read the ounces until after i used it 🙂  I had intended to use two cups.

After mixing up the sauce, I used my handy kitchen shears to cut two tubes of grands biscuits into eighths, and mixed it all up!

Now, at this point I should have taken more pics, but I didn’t.  Space case?  That would be me!  My days and nights are all turned around as we’re still waiting for life to regain a sense of normal… that and this was my third cooking project of the day.

After mixing up the saucy bubbles 🙂 , you add a cup of cheddar cheese, and your cooked taco meat.  Dump into a greased 9×13 pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, top with more cheese, and bake for another 20 minutes.  Plate up, and top with lettuce, tomato, and a dollup of sour cream….

Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza

  • half a large onion
  • small green pepper
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 2 tubes large refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • tomato
  • sour cream

Saute onion and peppers.  Add Beef, and brown.  Sprinkle with taco seasoning, and add water.  Simmer on low til thickened.

Mix salsa and beans together in a large bowl.  Cut biscuits into eighths and add to sauce.  Mix in half of cheese, and all of ground beef mixture.  Pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese, and bake for 20 additional minutes.

Serve with lettuce, tomato, and sour cream sprinkled on the top.

One thing I forgot was taco chips, to truly be an authentic Casey’s Taco Bubble Pizza, taco flavored Dorito’s would make perfection.  All in all this is a pretty mild dish.  You could add a little more heat to the sauce with a spicier salsa than the one I used if you are into that sort of thing.  Also, if you are using canned refried beans, you might need to season a little more.  I used mine, and so they had quite a bit of flavor.

Enjoy 🙂

 

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Quick-e’s

I have not fallen off the earth…. though our lives have turned upside down as of late

  • Matt got his hours cut and rearranged at work, so our work week has been Thursday through Monday.
  • Yep, that means I’ve been working EVERY Sunday.
  • We found out that we will not be doing the host home thing
  • I don’t really want to talk about that bullet point… or about the entire month of August.
  • Matt found a new job (\YAY) and will be starting part time while he works out his two week notice.
  • Then, starting Nov 5th our life can get back to normal, but hopefully a new and different kind of normal because my husband will be home in the evenings!!
  • I may not blog much as our life settles down.
  • Or, I might…. who knows.  I am starting to feel happier and more energetic since we found out about the new job yesterday.
  • We cleaned up the garden this afternoon (today’s my day off, which is SO weird) and I found these honkers…..


Because A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

 

In a little over 24 hours Matt and I took two pallets and created art…


The End.

What do you think?

Yes, I know:  I need something more than blackout roller shades for window treatments.  And, Yes:  I took these picture a little past midnight.

 


What do you call lunch at 3:30?

Today has been the strangest day!  First off, matt and I are both home.  Second, we woke up to the sound of a transformer being blown across the street.  Thus, we had no power and went to McDonald’s for breakfast 🙂  We left to do our errands at almost noon, and weren’t hungry at all, so it’s no surprise that lunch didn’t happen until 3:30.  But, can I tell you it was amazing.

I checked out my archives, and I am fairly certain that I haven’t shared this one with you guys yet 🙂  But, it’s oh so delicious!  We had coconut chicken with sweet chili sauce from Budget Bytes, which if you haven’t noticed, is one of my favs!

I followed Beth’s recipe with two alterations.  1.  I added a good pinch of ground ginger to the flour.  2.  I BAKED at 450 degrees for 14 minutes.  It’s not as brown and pretty, but it’s tasty!

The thing that really blew my mind today was my side dish.  With the coconut chicken you need to have something fairly mellow on the side so that the coconut flavor is able to shine.  Trust me.  I served with a garlic roast potato before and is was a serious fail.

So, here’s what I did….

Cheezy Ginger Orzo

  • 1 1/2 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • ground ginger

I put the orzo and broth into my rice cooker, and set to go right before i start breading my chicken.  When complete, add butter, a couple tablespoons of cheese, 13 cracks of pepper, and a good pinch of ginger.  Mix taste, adjust, love!

PS… Penzey’s ground ginger could possibly be substituted for the real deal, it’s amazing!


Quick-e’s

  • Today’s something productive was actually two things:  the dishes and the laundry 🙂
  • I made up for it by painting the base coat on a recipe box
  • and by baking some pumpkin spritz cookies… to use my newly acquired cookie press a la craigslist
  • I am also in the midst of tackling one of those scary domestic tasks:  baking with yeast.  I’m tacking by making cinnamon rolls, which for me is equally as scary…. thankfully I have a good recipe to work from, and a forgiving husband 🙂
  • Tomorrow and Thursday are Matt’s new days off, so we will be spending them together… our plans involve cleaning out our Explorer for his trip to MN with the guys this weekend, a lunch and movie date, grocery shopping, survivor, and I’m hoping to pick up a couple pallets somewhere along the way to do a wall project for the bedroom
  • I’m hoping we get to do said project on Thursday 🙂

That’s all I got.  IF the cinnamon rolls turn out, I will show you a pic.  If the DON”T I’m sure I will tell you all about it as well 🙂

 


Vacation!

I found myself at a cross roads:  either use my vacation time or lose my vacation time.  So, this week I am using it up!  No, Matt and I aren’t going ANYWHERE 😦 But, I have plans of my own to accomplish before I got back to work on Friday morning.

I’ve set the base guideline for the week that I have to get something accomplished before I can do something fun.  It’s pretty basic, I know.   Yesterday all I accomplished was washing our sheets… and in return I painted some recipe boxes.

This morning, I worked my tail off to deep clean my living room.  Boy, was it time!  instead of doing a simple dust,  this time I actually cleaned all the glass shelves, tables, and so on.  And, I made lunch for the hubs (stuffed green pepper casserole)

As a reward for myself, I decided that today would be the day that I would begin teaching myself how to sew.  Last Christmas, I was given my Great Aunt Ann’s sewing machine and it has been tempting slash intimidating me ever since.  Now, Ann would be 93 years old if she were alive, so you can imagine that her sewing machine isn’t the newest slash fanciest thing on the block…

I had no idea where to begin, so I grabbed the tiny little instruction manual.  And, I didn’t really get any farther than that 😦  I had to text my friend Alisa and see if she was available.  Thankfully she was here within the hour, and figured this baby out (and gave me a tutorial on how to handle her)

And, three hours later….

my very own Kindle cover 🙂

Yeah, I know… three hours??  Let’s be honest, it was my first shot.  And, I am myself, and I may or may not have had to do the outer part three times because I couldn’t get the right side wrong side thing down right!  It’s rough, but I made with my own two hands 🙂

I’m going to have to practice up because I’ve got a mental list of things I want to make 🙂


Naan pizzas

Last weekend, we went out to Trader Joe’s, and scored some ingredients to make these yummy Naan pizzas… they were soft and chewy, yet the bottom got crispy… it was heavenly!

Here’s what I started with:

  • Naan… and Indian flatbread
  • Sweet Italian pork sausages
  • Nectarines
  • Havarti Cheese
  • Black Pepper Parmesan

I brushed the naan with olive oil, and seasoned with garlic powder, rosemary, and cracked black pepper.

Then layered on my ingredients.. starting with a bit of cheese on the bottom, and ending with the rest of top

And, baked for 10 minutes at 425.  Easy Peasy 🙂

I absolutely loved the combo with the sausage and nectarines, but I can’t say that matt was a huge fan of the warm nectariney goodness.  You can’t win them all.  In the future, I’m definitely going to make these again, but I may or may not make any one of a million regular pizza recipes!