A generic adult female ponders a meaty problem.
Apparently leftover taco meat is a burning issue in the mind of googlers, because we got two hits off of this search. (Side note: to quote Dave Barry, Leftover Taco Meat would be a good name for a band)
I assume that the people who googled this phrase wanted to know what to do with it, and weren’t hunting down nude pictures of it. (There are WAY too many people wanting to see pictures of Rachel Ray in the buff—GET A LIFE, YOU P-O-R-N FREAKS! She’s a cook, fer cryin’ out loud! And one that budgets! She can’t be that hot) So I got to thinking, what can you do with leftover taco meat?
We go through a lot of taco meat around my house. I must spend upwards of $10 a year on packets of generic brand taco mix every year (I buy it in bulk when it’s on sale and keep it around the house—it’s a necessity, and I have a hard time keeping the owners of less discriminating taste buds from eating it right out of the packet—and I consider myself an authority on cooked ground beef flavored with wheat flour, salt, dried garlic, maltodextrin (NOT Malto Meal), chili peppers, spice (BUT WHAT KIND?!! Cardamom? Thyme? Ginger? Sporty? Posh? The channel?), dried onions, monosodium glutamate, paprika (a different spice, but apparently not enough of one to lump it in with the other, more vague, “spice”), sugar, and various anticaking agents (No more cake for you!) Yum, yum!
On rare occasions we are left with the dilemma of what to do with the leftovers. Here some ideas:
- Add it to a casserole containing ground beef (like shepherd’s pie) for a quaint Mexican flavor.
- Spread it on a flour tortilla and convince your child (or boyfriend) it’s a sandwich.
- Force the husband (or roommate) to take the taco meat to work (with some stale leftover corn chips) so he/she can reheat it for lunch and get indigestion.
- Two words: Dog food. (But then the dog needs to stay outside for a few days afterwards)
- Add a can of refried beans and use it as mortar for a new layer of brick around the fireplace.
So get into the kitchen and heat up the frying pan, brown that ground beef, add the packet of red sawdust with a little water, and get creative!