Taco Casserole

** I have not been cooking a lot lately because I have had a nasty cold. I came across this recipe as a different way to have tacos. It is a great meal for those busy week nights or for a fun dinner on the weekends!**

Ingredients:

1 (7 ounce) bag Nacho Cheese Doritos, crushed

1 pound of hamburger, browned

1 package of taco seasoning, made according to directions

1 (8 ounce) package  shredded cheddar cheese

1 (8 ounce) package shredded Mozzarella cheese

Shredded lettuce

Sliced tomato

Directions:

Layer ingredients in a 9x 13 pan as listed. Chips, meat and seasonings, 2/3 of cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add the lettuce, tomato, and remaining cheese.

COOKS TIPS: You can use any chip you want. I want to try this with the Taco flavor Doritos. The original recipe called for adding the lettuce and tomato then baking it, but I changed it. I don’t like hot lettuce. After it came out of the oven I also added taco sauce to the top of the casserole because both my husband and I like it.

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Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

**I made this today/yesterday and it came out pretty good! I think that most people keep the ingredients on hand so you can just throw this in and you have dinner!**

Ingredients:

1 (32 ounce) bag of frozen tater tots

1 (3 ounce) package of bacon pieces

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup milk

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Spray slow cooker with non stick spray.

Layer half of the frozen tater tots on the bottom of the slow cooker

Sprinkle with 1/3 of the bacon pieces

Now top with 1/3 of the shredded cheese

Add the diced chicken on top. Season with salt and pepper.

Now add 1/3 of the bacon pieces and another 1/3 of the shredded cheese

Put the rest of the frozen tater tots on top.

Finish with the remaining 1/3 of the bacon pieces and remaining 1/3 of the shredded cheese.

Pour the 3/4 cup of milk over the top.

Cover and cook on low about 4-6 hours.

Cooks Tips: Since slow cookers vary in temperature, the newer ones run hot and the older ones might take a bit longer to cook. I used bacon that I had fried that morning instead of the bacon pieces.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

***I made this last night and it was so good! Of course it does not taste like that canned stuff, but I find this so much better!***

Ingredients:

2 pounds ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup brown sugar, packed

1/4 cup all- purpose flour

1 TBS. chili powder

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 TBS. cider vinegar

2 TBS. yellow mustard

1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

8 Kraft singles (optional)

8 hamburger buns

Directions:

In a large pan, brown ground beef with chopped onion. Crumble and cook until no longer pink. Drain excess grease.

Put ground beef mixture into your slow cooker. Add in the rest of the ingredients ( except cheese and buns). Give it all a good stir.

Cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours.

When ready to serve, toast buns if desired, place filling on buns and top with cheese or other favorite toppings!

***Cooks Tips: I did not use onion in this recipe because I am allergic. This recipe can be changed to suit your own tastes. I do eat these with cheese on them and they are good! You can add your own favorite toppings as you desire. ***