Friday, October 09, 2015

31 Days to Surviving Sports Seasons Sanely: Double Meals

Double meals are akin to Planned Overs.  In this case, a portion of a meal is planned with freezing in mind and can be used in different ways than the original use. I already posted one of these about meatballs in my The Crockpot is Your Friend Post.  Another old freezer meal trick is to make two of what you’re making and put one in the freezer.

A favorite of these is my Mexican Beef.  I use this for loaded baked potatoes, Tamale Pie, and for Loaded Nachos, but it could be used in burritos or tacos, too.

1 lb ground beef (or turkey), browned and drained
1 t or to taste each cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.  You can also add red pepper flakes to taste.
This is getting ready to load in the crockpot for Tamale Pie
1 jar of your favorite salsa. I like medium heat with corn and black beans, but you can also throw in a can of beans (drained) and as much frozen corn as you choose.

Mix and heat until thickened.
This freezes and doubles (or triples) beautifully.  
Spread your favorite tortilla chips on a baking sheet.  Spread 1 recipe of Dawn’s Mexican Beef mixture over the top.  Top with shredded cheese and the toppings you like: sliced black olives, diced tomatoes, and jalapenos are some of our favorites.  Out of the oven add chives or green onions, sour cream, and avocado in diced or guacamole form.  

Or, put some baking potatoes in one crockpot and your meat mixture in another. Provide other toppings similar to the loaded nachos and have loaded baked potatoes.

Freeze the other half for later.


  1. This sounds delicious - do you break up the tortilla chips first or spread the meat/cheese/toppings carefully so you can just lift out a whole chip?

    1. I don't break up the chips. We usually end up using forks with it, the chips become not crunchy.


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