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It's almost time for Cinco de Mayo!
After spending 15 years in Texas, it's kind of a given that Cinco de Mayo means yummy Mexican food for dinner that day. That said, we are in Colorado right now and finding a good Mexican restaurant is a little more difficult (and the fact that, as Texans, we are much more acclimated to Tex-Mex options really makes it harder)! So for Cinco de Mayo, we are making our only little fiesta at home.
Now the real question is what to serve and the kids wanted to homemade queso. This recipe is awesome and very quick to make, so you can have it on the table in less than a half an hour. The beef in the queso makes it a bit thicker and adds the perfect touch in my opinion.
Ben and I stopped into Walmart to pick up some Delimex Taquitos and Tacos to dip in our queso and complete the meal. Besides the taquitos, Delimex has introduced both tacos and tamales to their line-up which we couldn't wait to try! His picks?
After much debate, he chose the beef taquitos and chicken rolled tacos. I love that they come in a variety of sizes as we'd much rather pick up multiple flavors in smaller sizes and try them all! But since it was just the three of us, we tried to start with just a couple.
So, would you like to make our queso too? The recipe is below!
1 block of melt and dip style cheese
1 can of diced tomatoes with green chiles, your choice of spice level
1 packet of taco seasoning
1 lb of ground beef
Saute the ground beef until it is cooked through and crumbled, use a spatula to make sure it's separated well!
Drain the beef, add the taco seasoning (but no additional water) and the diced tomatoes and toss to coat.
Cut the meltable cheese into chunks and add it to the beef and tomatoes.
Cook covered over low heat, stirring frequently until the cheese has melted and blended with the beef.
Serve hot from the stove with taquitos, rolled tacos, and chips to dip!
While you're making the queso, preheat your oven and bake your taquitos too. They take less than 15 minutes, so you can go from nothing to a Mexican fiesta in a half hour!
Doesn't it sound awesome? It really is. I typically make extra so we have it for a few days. I also recommend keeping a bag of tostada chips by the stove because you have to taste test as you go along!
What do you love to eat for Cinco de Mayo? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your favorite recipes.