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Lawnmower Tacos

lawnmover taco recipeI spend a lot of time in my kitchen. To keep myself occupied, I listen to podcasts. I have become obsessed with podcasts. One of my favorites is The Simple Mom Podcast. One of the episodes featured Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom. I started following her blog after hearing her on the show. She recently published a book called Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook. I was given a review copy and I have to say that I love it. Our lives have gotten so much busier as our kids have gotten older. Between practices, games, appointments, I feel like dinner sometimes is a second thought. I love having dinner with my family every night and I don’t want it to be a rushed thing, I want it to be a chance to reconnect and find out about their day. And I want it to be in our home.

Jessica’s book is full of freezer friendly meals that are made with healthy and wholesome ingredients. Nothing processed. I really like the idea of having a few meals in my freezer for days when I really don’t have the time to make dinner. I feel like it is having a little insurance. By having a meal in the freezer, it means one less night eating out. I let the kids look through the book and they wanted me to make Lawnmower Tacos. It is just about the most perfect boy meal ever. The most beautiful part, you can make two. One to eat the day you make it, and one for another night. Top with shredded lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and olives and let everyone top them they way that they want to.

lawnmover taco recipe1 pound ground beef
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
1/4 cup flour
2 cups chicken broth
3 to 4 cups tortilla chips
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
lettuce
olives
salsa
sour cream

lawnmover taco recipeBrown beef in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook until it is no longer pink. Drain any fat.

lawnmover taco recipeAdd taco seasoning and flour.

lawnmover taco recipeCook for a minute.

lawnmover taco recipeAdd chicken broth.

lawnmover taco recipeSimmer until thick, about 15 minutes.

lawnmover taco recipePut the chips in a bag and crush them up a little bit.

lawnmover taco recipeSpray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Layer chips, taco meat, and cheese.

lawnmover taco recipeAdd another layer. At this point, cover and chill before freezing.

lawnmover taco recipeIf frozen, thaw in the fridge. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

lawnmover taco recipe
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Lawnmover Tacos


Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 3 to 4 cups tortilla chips
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese
  • lettuce
  • olives
  • salsa
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. Brown beef in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Cook until it is no longer pink. Drain any fat. Add taco seasoning and flour. Cook for a minute. Add chicken broth. Simmer until thick, about 15 minutes.
  2. Put the chips in a bag and crush them up a little bit. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Layer chips, taco meat, and cheese. Add another layer. At this point, cover and chill before freezing.
  3. If frozen, thaw in the fridge. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes.

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  1. Blog is the New Black

    October 27th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    LOVE love love make ahead meals! These look amazing.

  2. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    I rarely make anything like this, but will from now on.

  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    October 27th, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I love freezer meals, and I love Life as Mom!!! This looks yummy!

  4. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    It is so kid-friendly!

  5. Lauren @ Part Time House Wife

    October 27th, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Such a convienent spin on taco’s! I only wish I had more room in my drawer freezer to store more pre-made meals like this! I’d do it all the time!

  6. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    You really don’t need that much room. She talks about it a lot in the book. You should check it out.

  7. Brittany

    October 27th, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Just wanted to let you know of the little typo on this; it says LawnMOVER Tacos 🙂 Regardless, we are making this next week!

  8. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    LOL. Thanks. Having a hard time spelling these days!

  9. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    October 28th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I never thought of freezing chips that way! It would be a great time-saver!

  10. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    You should get this book, it is great.

  11. The Squishy Monster

    October 28th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    I love the straightforwardness and layout of your blog…and THIS is seriously drool worthy!

  12. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you Squishy!

  13. Bree

    October 29th, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I agree-sometimes it is nice to have something to pull out of the freezer-with no additives like this one!

  14. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    It is really nice to have dinner ready when life gets crazy.

  15. Kim Bee

    October 30th, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I am really digging this recipe. The fact that it’s easy and something you pop in the freezer for another time just takes it over the top for me. I love meals I can make two batches of and freeze one for another time. I need to get my hands on that book. I’ve not listened to podcasts before. I’m so behind the time.

  16. bakedbree

    November 2nd, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    It is a really great book. Nothing processed.

  17. Jessica

    March 26th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    How did I miss this? Thanks for such a nice review. This is my 8yo’s all-time favorite dish. 🙂

  18. bakedbree

    March 31st, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    You are welcome! Thanks for writing such a great book!

  19. Maria

    July 12th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    I have never freezed chips before. Anyway, thanks for the recipe, bakedbree!

  20. bakedbree

    July 22nd, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    You are welcome!

  21. Lorrie

    October 26th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Do you think making this in 2 8×8 pans would affect the recipe?

  22. bakedbree

    October 26th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Nope, not at all.

  23. Jack

    November 3rd, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    This recipe is so awesome. I will try make with my wife

  24. Joel

    November 12th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    I love this recipe and you can store it in the freezer and just put it into the oven and have something great to eat!

  25. bakedbree

    November 17th, 2013 at 11:40 am

    Exactly!

  26. Joel

    November 14th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    That’s one of the easiest and best tasting recipes I’ve ever seen. The best thing about it is that you can prepare it and store it in the freezer and when you come back from work you simply put it into the oven and you are good to go!

  27. bakedbree

    November 17th, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I know! I just made this a few days ago. My kids love it just as much every single time I make it.

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