Friday, September 26, 2008

Just Answer the Economy Question

I don't know if you had the chance to watch the presidential debate, but I was pretty put out that after the moderator asked the question about the economy THREE TIMES...neither candidate appropriately answered the question. I am afraid for my financial investments! So it is a good thing I was reading the Purple People Eatery blog this week. She more than answered the question of the economy with her Poor Man's Meal.

This meal was something they served us in elementary school as 'hot lunch'. I LOVED IT! My mom would never make it because of the FRITO factor...ohhhhh, they are sooooo gooooood! If she could have made this with Lay's potato chips, you can guarantee we would have had this all the time! :)

I created my own recipe for this nostalgic dish...I expect to make this a lot more if our government doesn't pull their heads out, go to an economics class and learn more about our capitalistic market.

Failing Economy Poor Man's Meal:
1 pound ground turkey
1/2 medium white onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 serrano pepper (optional) - but why would I leave it out when I love it so HOT?
15 oz. can chili beans
15 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 packet of chili seasoning or taco seasoning
1 tablespoon ground chipotle (We bought dried chipotles and ground them in our coffee grinder)
Small bag of Frito's
Brown ground turkey on medium heat. Drain fat from turkey and add onion and red pepper. Cook for two minutes. Add serrano, beans, and tomatoes, cook until warmed through.
Fold in chili seasoning and ground chipotle until combined.
Serve immediately over a couple of handfuls of Frito's. I served this up with a little cheese and homemade guacamole. Hmmmmmmmm....
I am pleased to say that I spent $10 to make this meal...that doesn't count the cheese and guacamole fixings...but those are added bonuses.


Brandy said...

Thank you so much for the kind words! I am so glad to have brought the nostalgia on. I actually have another dish that I used to make that is almost exactly like this version, well yours is probably a little better... we called it "junkfood casserole", probably because of the frito factor, but hey it was good! I am going to have to try your version it looks great.

Meg said...

Love how the colors come to life in your sequence of pictures! Perfect comfort meal!!

Megan said...

You won my vote when you said chipotle. My daughter would love this and I could save a dime. :) It's a keeper

imjacobsmom said...

Mmmm! I know a boy who would love this for lunch today. Im off the the grocery store! ~ Robyn

Meg said...

I wasn't born in the Fall, so that is not my excuse. Is the 77 in your user name for the year you were born? I was born in 1977, so maybe that was the year of the pumpkin!

Zesty Cook said...

I really would enjoy this recipe. I am a big fan of the chipotle as well just like Meg. Love the pictures.... great work.


Anonymous said...

OMG, my kids would love that (especially my daughter who loves onions!)

Thanks for the idea!