If your house is anything like my house, when I get the question “Hey, Mom what’s for dinner?” and I answer “Leftovers.” I get this groan like again. Yep, I know you have been there. I have lost track of how many times I get that reply. But I have found that leftovers can be fun if you can come up with a way to make the meal seem different.
For instance, this past Sunday we had leftover roast beef. Although my girls aren’t big fans of it, I wanted something different. We had quite a few pieces leftover. Knowing that I couldn’t serve it again the way I served it before, I brainstormed with my husband on what to do with it. One we could just give it to Tutu, our outside dog or I can make a new meal out of it.
Still thinking about this, when I was in the Mexican food aisle at Walmart, I eyes hit on Old El Paso® Taco Boats and I thought hey I can do a make your own taco buffet. Being that my husband is from Mexico I knew that anything that had tacos in it the girls would eat. (I mean I didn’t buy them all “You Had Me At Tacos” t-shirts for Christmas for nothing.) So that is exactly what we did. This awesome dish would be great at any Cinco de Mayo party. You would think we would have a big celebration in our house because my husband is from Mexico, but we don’t. This is not normally a holiday that gets celebrated a lot there. They tend to celebrate their independence day more which is on September 16.
But we always have a party around that time because Gracie, the youngest one, was almost born on Cinco de Mayo. She was born twenty-six minutes after midnight on May 6. Okay, enough history. Back to the roast beef tacos.
My husband cut the roast beef into pieces and then fried it with a little oil. While he was doing that, I set up the taco buffet line. Of course, I included the Taco Boats from Old El Paso®. But I also added scoops of lettuce, chopped jalapeño peppers, chopped cilantro, onions, tomatoes and shredded cheese. I totally forgot about putting out the sour cream as no one but me likes it, in my family.
We also heated a can of refried beans. Once the meat was done. We added our refried beans to the taco boats.
Then we added our meat.
Then we topped them off with all of the toppings from our taco bar.
It almost looks like a sope, doesn’t it? This was a quick meal using leftovers so not only was quick it was also frugal. Plus it was tacos, I mean you can pass up a taco. For more information about Mexican recipes check out Old El Paso’s website.