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This is Hamburger Helper level easy & surprisingly yummy. It can be made with real ground beef or a vegan variety like this from Trader Joe’s:
I found this brand to be a very convincing fake ground beef.
You can make this with real cheese or vegan cheese – or no cheese at all as it really doesn’t need it.
But before I get into THAT – I want to get into THIS!
I wrote a novel! Yes, yes – I did! It is currently in production & should become available through online outlets (like Amazon) sometime after mid-January. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! So all you bitter kiddies out there can read the HILARIOUS love misfortunes of the heroine – Ruby Fitzgerald. Buy the book & curl up with it & a box of wine & get ready to read the FUNNIEST BOOK EVER WRITTEN. Yes. I used those words. I am very confident that anyone who reads of the alcohol-driven, bad decision making of Ruby Fitzgerald WILL laugh – literally out loud – several times.
OK – back to food. This is tasty & easy & excellent comfort food when you want to throw something together fast.
Spicy Ground Beef Taco Pasta – Vegan, Vegetarian – or Not!
1/2 lb dry pasta (but not Barilla brand – as they are homophobic)
12 oz ground beef (vegan or otherwise)
1 onion – diced
1 bell pepper (mine was orange) – diced
1 jalapeno – seeded & diced
1 10 oz can Rotel (or other diced tomato – or fresh tomato diced)
1 7 oz can chiles (or to taste) – chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chipotle chili powder (or cayenne)
1 TBS dry oregano
scallions – sliced
Fresh tomato – diced
Grated cheese – vegan or otherwise
Cook the pasta according to directions. Drain & set aside.
If using real meat – cook it up in a skillet & set aside.
Otherwise – heat a TBS or two of olive oil in a frying pan. Saute the onion, jalapeno, bell pepper & green chiles until soft over medium heat. Add the Rotel & the meat (vegan beef or cooked ground beef) and the dry spices. Heat through.
Add the pasta & stir to incorporate. Serve with garnishes of your choice. See? EASY!