Mary Costa-Pearson
I have been neglecting my poor blog. Im not sure how many actually read my blog, so maybe nobody noticed? lol I have been in a crazy lazy cooking rut. I have not been trying much of anything new, I have been doing lots of easy, whatever is on hand and fast meals. Nothing worth blogging about that is for sure! I will share 3 recipes with you to make up for the neglect.
The first one I found on it is one of my favorite blogs. Its called walking tacos. Basically your putting all your taco goodies in snack sized frito bags, which is such a great idea, no dirty dishes! I couldn't find enough small bags for superbowl Sunday so I just bought the big frito scoops and served them with the taco chili. I made way more than needed so I froze the leftovers and it froze really well.

Walking Tacos

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

6-8 little sweet peppers or 1 green and 1 red bell pepper, chopped

4 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 lb lean ground beef

Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 Cup Herdez Salsa or your favorite salsa

1 small can tomato paste

1 Cup warm water

3 cans of beans, drained (I used black, pinto and red kidney)

1 can black olives sliced

2 Tablespoons chili powder

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

1 Tablespoon hot sauce, Tabasco

1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

Pinch of Kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper and Lawry’s Garlic Salt with Parsley (to taste)


Bags of Fritos

Shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream

Jalapenos, or green onions

1.  Heat oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat.  Saute onion and peppers for 5 minutes or until softened.  Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.  Add ground beef, salt and pepper.  Cook until browned.  Drain if needed.  I usually don’t need to for the lean beef.  Pour in tomatoes, salsa, tomato paste then stir to combine.  Add 1 Cup warm water to thin out slightly then add in beans, olives, chili powder, cumin, hot sauce, lime juice, salt, pepper and garlic salt.  I start with just a pinch of salt then keep tasting until it’s to my liking.  Add chopped cilantro and reduce heat to low to simmer until ready to serve.

2.  Open bags of fritos.  Spoon in chili, cheese, sour cream and jalapenos.  Stick a fork in it and eat!!

The next recipe my friend Robin shared with me. I believe she found it on I have never made beans with ham before but had 2 ham bones saved in my freezer and wanted to give it a shot. Over the weekend I took everything i needed to make it over to my moms and made them dinner. I think they were pretty good for my first attempt. It was really easy and pretty much fool proof.


  • 1 pound dry pinto beans
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large, meaty ham hock
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste


  1. Place the beans and water in a large stockpot. Add the ham hock, onion and garlic. Season with chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Cover, and remove from heat. Let stand for one hour.
  2. Return the pot to the heat, and bring to a boil once again. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for at least 3 hours to blend flavors. The longer you simmer, the thicker the broth will become. I like to cook mine for about 6 hours.
  3. Remove the ham hock from the broth, and let cool. Remove the meat from the bone, and return the meat to the stockpot, discarding the bone. Adjust seasonings to taste.

I made fast and easy biscuits to go with them. I never get the amount they say out of one batch of dough so I always double it and end up with 14-16. I also found this one of

  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Combine and mix ingredients together. Pour out on floured waxed paper. Pat the dough out with your hands until dough is not sticky (add a little flour if necessary). Fold double. Cut biscuits with a biscuit cutter.
  2. Bake on a cookie sheet at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 20-25 minutes.

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