Air Fryer Empanadas

Air Fryer Empanadas are the answer snack time or anytime! Made with flaky pie crust, savory beef filling, and cheese you will find yourself making batch after batch.

Close up of beef empanadas made in the air fryer with salsa and sour cream on the side.

There’s nothing better than a great recipe to have in the back of your pocket for nights when you just want some comfort snack foods that don’t take too much effort. Good thing I’ve got this ground beef empanada recipe for just those kinds of nights!

The great thing about this air fryer beef empanada recipe is that you don’t use all of the ground beef for the initial preparation. What I do is freeze the additional beef that’s leftover so I can make these again without having to remake all the meat.

A side shot of air fryer empanadas on a serving tray.

Bonus, you can freeze storebought pie crust. Grab them when they are on sale so when you want to whip these up, the beef and the crust are already in my freezer. I just put both items in the refrigerator to thaw the night before and it’s HELLO snack time the next night!

What movie pairs well with air fryer empanadas?

For this Mitten Movie Night, we are watching The Great Outdoors in honor of the late, great John Candy who passed away 26 years ago this week.

The perfect bite shot of an empanada with salsa and sour cream on it.

What beer pairs well with flaky pie crust stuffed with ground beef and cheese then dipped in lots of sour cream and salsa?

The beer: Dirty Blonde from Atwater Brewery.

You will see this beer in many of my posts because it just happens to be 1) my favorite, 2) a perfect example of blonde ales because it can literally be paired with any dish.

Do you own an air fryer? If so, check out these other air fryer recipes on the site:

Empanadas that were made int he air fryer split in half to show ground beef.

How to make Empanadas in the Air Fryer:

The key to making this empanadas recipe is to KEEP IT COOL.

  • Make sure the ground beef has cooled completely before using it.
  • Roll out one sheet of pie crust at a time, keep the other one in the refrigerator and only remove when ready to cut the circles out.

Start by browning the ground beef. Cook over medium/high heat on top of the stove. When the beef is halfway cooked, add the garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, and cumin.

Once the ground beef is cooked all the way through and no longer pink drain the grease from it and add to a bowl. LET IT COOL COMPLETELY.

Close up of ground beef that was cooked for empanada filling

When the beef has cooled, remove one of the pie crusts from the refrigerator to start cutting out the circles.

On a piece of wax or parchment paper add a small amount of flour and roll the pie crust out onto it.

Using a glass or biscuit cutter cut out 7-8 circles.

Rolling out pie crust and how to use the excess to make additional pastry circles for empanadas.

There will be remaining dough. Pick it up and roll it together into a ball.

Using the same glass, roll the dough out into a circle again and cut additional circles. I can usually get 11-12 circles of dough out of each crust.

Add the cooled ground beef and shredded cheese onto one half of the pie crust circle. *Any additional ground beef that is leftover put into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to a month. To thaw, put in the refrigerator 24 hours before use.

Steps for how to fold empanadas..

The best way to make sure that they seal and you don’t make a mess of the air fryer basket, pinch the edges then fold the edges over. Crimp the folded edge with a fork.

Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray vegetable oil. Add the prepared empanadas to the basket. Spray the tops with additional oil or brush with melted butter (this is my favorite way to make them but spray works well too).

An air fryer basket with empanadas in it.

Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and fry for 8 minutes. With a fork, gently flip each one. Spray again with oil or brush with butter and fry for 1 more minute.

Remove the empanadas from the basket and continue the process until they are all made, should take about 3-4 times. Keep the already made ones warm in the oven or eat as you make them!

Serve these with sour cream and salsa. And here you are……

Overhead shot of air fryer empanadas ready to eat on a serving tray.

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Air Fryer Empanadas
Air Fryer Empanadas are made with flaky pie crust, savory beef filling, and cheese. Make them right in the air fryer for snack time or anytime.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by browning the ground beef. Cook over medium/high heat on top of the stove. When the beef is halfway cooked, add the garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, and cumin.
  2. Once the ground beef is cooked all the way through and no longer pink drain the grease from it and add to a bowl. LET IT COOL COMPLETELY.
  3. When the beef has cooled, remove one of the pie crusts from the refrigerator to start cutting out the circles.
  4. On a piece of wax or parchment paper add a small amount of flour and roll the pie crust out onto it.
  5. Using a glass or biscuit cutter cut out 7-8 circles. There will be remaining dough. Pick it up and roll it together into a ball.
  6. Using the same glass, roll the dough out into a circle again and cut additional circles. I can usually get 11-12 circles of dough out of each crust.
  7. Add the cooled ground beef and shredded cheese onto one half of the pie crust circle. *Any additional ground beef that is leftover put into a freezer-friendly container and freeze for up to a month. To thaw, put in the refrigerator 24 hours before use.
  8. The best way to make sure that they seal and you don't make a mess of the air fryer basket, pinch the edges then fold the edges over. Crimp the folded edge with a fork.
  9. Spray the bottom of the air fryer basket with spray vegetable oil. Add the prepared empanadas to the basket. Spray the tops with additional oil or brush with melted butter.
  10. Set the air fryer to 350 degrees and fry for 8 minutes. With a fork, gently flip each one. Spray again with oil or brush with butter and fry for 1 more minute.
  11. Remove the empanadas from the basket and continue the process until they are all made, should take about 3-4 times. Keep the already made ones warm in the oven or eat as you make them!
  12. Serve these with sour cream and salsa. Enjoy!

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup will have you eating your burger with a spoon. Ground beef, bacon, a creamy tomato base, cheese and yes, even pickles! Add chunky pieces of potatoes to make it even heartier and top with homemade croutons.

Close up of a chunky soup recipe with potatoes, beef and bacon.

How has your winter been going? Surprisingly we have been having pretty mild weather. That doesn’t mean though that it hasn’t been cold. While the -20’s from last year haven’t hit yet, we have consistent 30-degree bundle up weather. So I try to keep warm, comforting soup recipes like this Bacon Cheeseburger Soup on the stovetop to keep warm.

Cheeseburger Soup with pickles, cheese, tomatoes and homemade croutons on the top.

What show do you recommend on Netflix during the Winter?

For this Mitten Movie Night, I am finishing up the 4th season of Schitt’s Creek. This is easily one of the funniest comedies I’ve seen in a long time. Right up there with my favorite show 30 Rock. It’s a binge-able show, perfect for when you’re stuck in the house.

Want more cold weather soup recipes? Check these out:

What beer goes well with a hearty soup recipe?

The beer: Amber Ale from Bell’s Brewery

While everyone is enjoying Hopslam, I am pairing this year-round Bell’s offering with everything from hearty soups to turkey sandwiches.

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup on a soup ready to eat.

How to make Bacon Cheeseburger Soup:

Start by cooking the ground beef and the bacon. Slice the bacon into small strips and add to a stockpot with the ground beef.

Cook the beef and bacon over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, until the beef is browned and bacon is cooked through and crispy.

While the meat is cooking chop the potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Mince the garlic.

Remove the pot and drain 90% of the grease, leaving around 1 Tbs in the beef mixture. Then add flour. Stir to combine everything.

Steps for making soup made of ground beef and bacon.

Now add the tomato paste. I like this soup with a tomato base if you prefer it less so decrease the tomato paste by 3 ounces. It will not have anything to do with the thickness.

Over medium heat add the stock, herbs and spices, sugar, and vegetables.

Cover the pot and cook the soup for an additional 30 minutes.

How To Make Croutons in the Air Fryer:

Cut any bread you like into cubes. I used day-old butterfly rolls from my store bakery. This recipe made about 2 cups of croutons.

Add the cubes of bread to a bowl then drizzle with 2 Tbs. olive oil, 1 tsp parsley flakes, 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Cut up bread in an air fryer tray ready to cook for homemade croutons.

Add the bread to the tray of the air fryer. Set air fryer to 390 degrees and air fry for 10 minutes, flipping the croutons halfway through.

Homemade croutons made in the air fryer.

They come out so crunchy but not hard and full of flavor. Perfect on top of soups like this or salads.

Once the soup has cooked add the finishing touches to thicken it up. In a small bowl add 1 Tbs flour, 1/4 cup milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and pour to the soup pot.

Add the shredded cheese and pickles. The pickles are optional of course, you can always leave them out and let people add their own.

Serve by sprinkling with more cheese, diced tomatoes, more pickles, and croutons. And here you are……

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup with toppings and a pot of it off to the side. Served with a craft beer.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
This Bacon Cheeseburger Soup will have you eating your burger with a spoon. Ground beef, bacon, a creamy tomato base, cheese and yes, even pickles! Add chunky pieces of potatoes to make it even heartier and top with homemade croutons.
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the ground beef and the bacon. Slice the bacon into small strips and add to a stockpot with the ground beef.
  2. Cook the beef and bacon over medium/high heat for about 10 minutes, until the beef is browned and bacon is cooked through and crispy.
  3. Chop the potatoes, carrots, onions, and celery. Mince the garlic.
  4. Remove the pot and drain 90% of the grease, leaving around 1 Tbs in the beef mixture. Then add flour. Stir to combine everything.
  5. Add the tomato paste.
  6. Over medium heat add the stock, herbs and spices, sugar, and vegetables.
  7. Cover the pot and cook the soup for an additional 30 minutes.
  8. Once the soup has cooked add the finishing touches to thicken it up. In a small bowl add 1 Tbs flour, 1/4 cup milk and salt and pepper to taste. Stir to combine and pour to the soup pot.
  9. Add the shredded cheese and pickles. (pickle is optional)
  10. Serve by sprinkling with more cheese, diced tomatoes, more pickles, and croutons.

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Chunks of tender beef, tomatoes, spices, and jalapeno come together beautifully in this Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili. Hearty and full of flavor you will not miss the beans in this chili at all.

No Bean Beef Chili in a bowl ready for toppings.

We have been busy around here lately. School, sports, work, etc. and everything in between so why not add even more to our plate? Enter a new addition to the family.

So for this Mitten Movie Night instead of recommending a movie, I want to introduce you to Titan.

Titan, AmStaff Puppy

We have been in discussions about getting a puppy for some time now but once we saw his little face, we knew we didn’t want to wait any longer.

Titan was one of a litter that my husband found through Paws Of Hope in Stevensville, MI. They were so great to work with and I would highly recommend them if you are in the area and interested in adding a new member of your family.

What beer goes well with Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili?

The beer: Spaten Oktoberfest.

Yes, I know it’s no longer October but this beer is something I purchased extra of in October because it’s great to use in recipes and a light drinkable beer to have on hand for guests who don’t particularly like IPA’s.

I chose to make a beanless chili recipe because I wanted a chili recipe that would also double as a great way to use up a bag of tortilla chips that had been hanging around my cupboard.

Tortilla chips dipped into beanless chili.

Let’s start by talking about the ideal meat to use in the Instant Pot. I picked up this 2-pound eye of round roast from the store. With the marbling on it, I just knew it would be great. Just like when we smoke meat I’ve noticed that the more fat content meat has in it, the more tender it gets.

A piece of marbled eye of round roast, the best beef for the instant pot.

How to make Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili:

Prepare the ingredients that will go into the Instant Pot. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.

Cubed roast, chopped onion and a jalapeno for chili.

Should you add jalapeno to your chili?

Yes! I really like jalapenos and find that they just heighten the taste of everything from pasta to burgers.

Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the cubed roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.

Steps and instructions for making Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili

Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.

Finally, add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.

Oktoberfest beer being poured into an instant pot for a beanless beef beer chili

Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the ‘good to go’ dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at ‘sealing’. Set the Instant Pot to the ‘Meat/Stew’ setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.

Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.

The Instant Pot spends around 10 minutes building up the pressure and then another 10 minutes to bring the pressure down before taking the lid off. Make sure to factor this additional time for serving this instant pot chili.

Tortilla chips, cheese, onions and sour cream for toppings on chili.

I served this beanless chili with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. These toppings helped to cool down the jalapeno and add even more flavor.

And here you are…..

Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili ready to eat.

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Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili
Instant Pot No Bean Beef Chili is so full of flavor, you will not miss the beans. The perfect cold-weather comfort food that will spice things up.
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, instant pot, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, instant pot, soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cube the meat, chop the onion and garlic, and handle with care when seeding and chopping the jalapeno.
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute and add 1 Tbs olive oil to the bottom. Add the cubed roast to the pot and brown on both sides using tongs to turn the meat, around 2 minutes each side.
  3. Turn the Instant Pot off. To the browned beef add the canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno, sugar, flour, and spices.
  4. Add the bottle of beer and stir everything together one more time.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot until you hear the 'good to go' dings. Make sure the lid valve is pointing at 'sealing'. Set the Instant Pot to the 'Meat/Stew' setting and set the timer for 45 minutes.
  6. Once the 45 minutes are up, let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes. Turn the valve to venting to release any further steam then open the lid.
  7. Serve with tortilla chips, sharp cheddar cheese, white onion, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Baked Meatballs

These delicious Baked Meatballs make the perfect addition to pasta night! Ground beef, Italian sausage, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil mixed together then form little balls of goodness that are baked, not fried.

A side view of cooked Italian meatballs.

I want to say that I make these meatballs every time I make pasta. It would be great to say, ‘This is a beloved recipe that my grandmother handed down to me.’ But I want to be honest with you, so I will. I just started making this recipe exactly one month ago.

While baking meatballs is my preferred way to make meatballs, I didn’t have a good recipe that went with spaghetti sauce. The usual grainy, bland and just plain yuck meatballs that I quickly make don’t leave any impression at all. Except for my 5-year-old, he LOVES spaghetti and meatballs, so for him, I felt like I really needed to up my game.

Baked Italian meatballs on a baking sheet, cut in half showing the inside of one.

After playing with a few different versions, this baked meatball recipe was by far the best and little kidapproved!

So what made the difference from these and the other meatballs I had made before?

What I had run across before was when I used breadcrumbs for the meatballs, they came out mealy. Soaking the breadcrumbs in milk before mixing them into the meat totally solved this problem. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.

How to make meatballs using breadcrumbs.

What is a good meat mixture for making baked meatballs?

Prior to this, I was just using ground beef. Boring! So I added half ground beef (80/20 mixture) and half Italian sausage. No longer boring.

Want some un-boring ground beef recipes?

After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.

Steps for meatball mixture then placing them on baking sheet.

Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce. I love Trader Joe’s Red Lentil pasta and traditional sauce. And here you are…..

Baked meatballs on a sheet pan with spaghetti and sauce off to the side.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Baked Meatballs
Ground beef, Italian sausage, cheese, herbs, and fresh basil create little bites of delicious. Baked meatballs are the perfect way to upgrade pasta night!
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Keyword beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Beef
Keyword beef
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
meatballs
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak the 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs in 1/4 cup milk for 5 minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  2. After soaking the breadcrumbs, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. In the bowl with the soaked breadcrumbs add the two cheese, egg, seasoning, garlic, and chopped basil.
  4. Add the two types of meat then form into 1 to 2-inch balls. I like them on the smaller size and this recipe makes about 35 meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake the meatballs for 30 minutes and serve with cooked pasta and your choice of sauce.

Lasagna French Bread

Just a few ingredients turn ordinary loaves of French bread into this wonderful lasagna/pizza bread hybrid. Lots of sauce, lots of cheese and so toasty on top. Everyone will love this Lasagna French Bread.

Lasagna French Bread pizza on a pan

Growing up french bread pizzas from the freezer section were one of mine & my brothers favorites! Now that I’m the cook in the house I skip the freezer section and make my own French bread right at home.

What beer pairs well with Lasagna French Bread and a movie?

The beer: Lager from Simpler Times.

We pick this beer up at Trader Joe’s. It tastes great and is a great value at less than $5 for a 6-pack.

Is Trader Joe’s a great place to buy beer?

Yes! Not only do they have a great selection of beers, they also let you taste anything you want before buying.

A shot of a cut piece of French bread. A craft beer is off to the side.

What movie pairs well with crunchy french bread pizzas and a cold beer?

For this Mitten Movie Night we are starting Harry Potter from the very beginning. We are heading to Florida in a few weeks and visiting Universal Studios while there.

This will be Little A’s first time going when he can actually enjoy everything there. He wasn’t even 2 the last time we went so I’m excited to get him into the movies so he will understand just how cool that part of the park is.

How to make Lasagna French Bread:

In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.

To the same pan add onions and garlic. There should be grease still in the pan, if not add a small amount of olive oil. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.

Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.

Tips for making great french bread:

  • Removing some of the bread in the center makes a
    shallow area for adding the cottage cheese fillings. Makes it so much easier to eat!
  • Brush some melted butter and garlic on the bread to give it a ‘garlic bread’ feel.
A combination of photos with step-by-step for making Lasagna French bread.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.

In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.

Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.

Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until cheese is golden and bubbly.

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And here you are…..

Overhead shot of some pizza bread with melted cheese and a craft beer off to the side.

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Lasagna French Bread
Lasagna French Bread is stuffed with cottage cheese filling, ground beef, spaghetti sauce and then baked with tons of cheese on top. An easy meal that will leave everyone satisfied.
Lasagna Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Keyword beef, sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Lasagna Bread | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. In a pan brown the ground beef until cooked through, drain the grease.
  2. To the same pan add onions and garlic. Lightly brown then add the ground beef back to the pan. Now add the spaghetti sauce and cook until warmed through and all mixed together.
  3. Cut the French bread loaves in half and removing some of the bread in the center.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  5. On a baking sheet lay down some parchment paper. Place the cut bread on top.
  6. In a small bowl mix together the cottage cheese and beaten egg together. Place the mixture into the wells of the bread.
  7. Spread the ground beef mixture on the top of the cottage cheese mixture evenly over the 4 slices of bread.
  8. Finally spread the shredded cheese on top.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

Fiesta Fries

Tired of the same old tacos? Looking to give fries a new life? Then try these Fiesta Fries for dinner or at your next party.

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With the holidays behind us, I was ready to just relax on this Mitten Movie Night and make something super easy. These Fiesta Fries were on the table in less than 20 minutes and took ALL THE STUFF I LOVE IN TACOS and loads it on top of crispy french fries.

What TV show pairs well with loaded french fries and beer?

I am on the third episode of Escape At Dannemora. If you are into compelling dramas that are based on actual events, then this show is for you.

Patricia Arquette’s character is really one of the most complex I’ve seen in a long time. You want to hate her. You want to feel sorry for her. I can see why she’s up for awards for this role.

What beer pairs well with Fiesta Fries?

The beer: Tiny Bomb American Pilsner from Wiseacre Brewing Co.

We purchased this while we were on our trip to Nashville in November. This beer was very similar to my favorite type of blonde ale just slightly less sweet. Gave me a serious summertime vibe even in the middle of winter.

A closeup of loaded Fiesta Fries with taco sauce, ground beef and jalapenos.

Like most people, I’m sure either you asked for an Instant Pot or an Air Fryer for Christmas this year. I asked for the later and have to admit I am so happy I did! For this recipe, I used it to make my fries nice and crispy.

How do you make crispy french fries in the air fryer?

According to my air fryer users guide frozen french fries should be cooked at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

I used this as a start but went 10 minutes at 400 degrees, taking out the basket and shaking, then cooking for another 10 minutes. They turned out perfect! (Fries go great with PB&J Burgers, Michigan Hot Dogs or Roast Beef Sandwiches)

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How to make Fiesta Fries:

Next, make the beef with green chili enchilada sauce for the topping on the fries.

Start by browning 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish. 

Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.

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For the toppings, I made avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. I then drizzled with taco sauce. It worked so well with the cooling effect of the avocado ranch.

Fiesta Fries |on a plate with taco sauce being poured over them.

The nice thing about these fries is that they are PERFECT for parties, especially the Super Bowl coming up. Set everything up and let guests load them up as they like.

And here you are…..

Fiesta fries on a plate ready to eat.

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Fiesta Fries
Fiesta Fries have green chili enchilada beef, avocado ranch dressing, and spicy taco sauce piled on top of crispy french fries.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Fiesta Fries | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Make the french fries according to package directions or made to air fryer specifications.
  2. Brown 1 pound of 80/20 beef with 1/4 cup green onions. Save the green ends for garnish.
  3. Once the beef is cooked all the way through add the green chili enchilada sauce. Heat through.
  4. Top with avocado ranch dressing, cheese, tomatoes, the rest of the green onions, and jalapenos. Drizzle with taco sauce. Enjoy!

Roast Beef Sandwich

Say goodbye to boring pieces of bread with uninspiring meats on them!  This Roast Beef Sandwich has tender roast beef, bacon, onions and mushrooms loaded on top of a soft loaf of Italian bread.  Don’t forget the chunky blue cheese spread!

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

Well, it’s official. This Mitten Movie Night marks 1 month until….my birthday! In honor of the downward slide and creeping closer to the middle of 40, I figured I would treat myself to one of my favorite food groups-sandwiches.  There is nothing better than a BIG sandwich that you can sink your teeth into and just enjoy. The best thing about sandwiches is that almost anything goes and that goes for this roast beef sandwich that’s anything but average.

When I was thinking of what type of sandwich to make I decided to make it like a big sub sandwich.  Growing up, my mom would make sub sandwiches in the summer and it was always a special treat.  While I was at it I thought some bacon would be really good with this too.  Then finally, let’s slather a blue cheese sauce on it.

A roast beef sandwich.

What movie pairs well with a roast beef sandwich and beer?

For the movie recommendation, I HIGHLY suggest Father of the Year. Who doesn’t love Adam Sandler movies?  David Spade returns to a little bit of Joe Dirt character which made this movie too funny! So now on to the roast beef sandwich recipe.

What beer pairs well with a roast beef sandwich?

The beer: Pooltime Ale from Bell’s Brewing.

The beefy concoction will pair perfectly with this refreshing summer brew.  This beer is slightly tart from the cherries which make a perfect contrast to all the beef and tangy blue cheese in this.  I may even say that I hit this combination out of the park!

How to make this Roast Beef Sandwich:

First, start by cooking the bacon.  I like bacon very crisp so I cooked it for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half.  Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet.

Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

Steps and ingredients of how to make a Roast Beef Sandwich.

Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain.  Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

Add 1 Tbs of butter to that (this is not very diet friendly if you can’t tell) then add the sliced mushrooms and onions.

Let those cook down for about 5 minutes.  Then add the roast beef.

While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side.  Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

Make the sauce by mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.  Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other.

Cut into 6 pieces then serve.  Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like.

And here you are…..

Roast Beef Sandwich layed out and ready to eat with toppings and a craft beer off to the side.

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Roast Beef Sandwich

This is not your average Roast Beef Sandwich. It's a big, bold sandwich filled with roast beef, mushrooms, onions, and bacon. Slather with a blue cheese spread for the ultimate in sandwiches.

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes

Servings
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Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the bacon. Cook for about 6 minutes then turn and cook for an additional 6-8 minutes.

  2. Take the loaf of bread and cut it in half. Spread with butter and place face down on a cookie sheet. Put into a preheated 350-degree oven and let it toast up for about 5-8 minutes.

  3. Once the bacon is done remove it from the pan and put on a plate with paper towels to allow it to drain. Remove all the grease in the pan from the bacon reserving about 1-2 tsp.

  4. Add 1 Tbs of butter to that then add the sliced mushrooms and onions. Let those cook down for about 5 minutes. Then add the roast beef.

  5. While those cook flip the bread over and spread the cheese equally on each side. Put back into the oven and let the cheese melt, around 5 minutes.

  6. Now make the sauce which is just mixing the blue cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish sauce together.

  7. Crumble the bacon and add to the cooked roast beef.

  8. Take the bread out of the oven then pile it high onto one side of the bread then top off with the other. Cut into 6 pieces then serve. Let others add lettuce, tomatoes, and the blue cheese mixture as they like. Enjoy!

BBQ Baked Potatoes #CookoutWeek

Warmer weather means grilling out! Give these BBQ Baked Potatoes a try. Loaded with beef and beans then topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a wonderful meal.

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 I’m so excited to be participating in another #CookoutWeek! Time sure goes by fast when it feels like we just got done with Choctoberfest.

I feel like summer just started yet we are a week away from the 4th of July.  Michigan is odd though because due to the law we do not start school until after Labor Day.  Where we live in Michigan it’s very close to Indiana and they’ve already been out of school for what feels like weeks!

Well, whenever your summer starts no matter where summer usually means cooking out.  So let’s get to my first contribution to #CookoutWeek, BBQ baked potatoes.

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Chef Shamy sent me two tubs of what I am referring to now as ‘the good stuff’.  From beginning to end Chef Shamy is what made these potatoes. The whole time we were eating them my 11-year-old kept saying, ‘The butter is what makes it.’

How to make BBQ Baked Potatoes:

After looking into a few different variations of making BBQ baked potatoes on the grill it seemed like the only logical choice would be to season the tin foil that we are wrapping our potato in.

Start by ripping off 6 large sheets of tin foil.  Wash the potatoes then set them aside.  In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter.

With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil.  Sprinkle with sea salt.

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Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook.

Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.  It is now ready for the grill.

Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat so these cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.

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In the last 15 minutes of the potato, cooking make the toppings. I decided on beef, beans, and a slightly sweet BBQ sauce would be perfect!

In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through.  Drain off the extra fat from the pan.  Now add the chili beans, beef broth,  ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder, and paprika.  Stir to combine and heat through.

Take the potatoes off the grill and let sit for a few minutes.  Open the foil carefully since steam will escape.  Cut the potato in half.

Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter.  Top with the beef and beans.  Sprinkle the BBQ baked potatoes with cheese and green onion.   Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese.

Need more cookout recipes?

And here you are….

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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BBQ Baked Potatoes
Potatoes are even better when made on the grill! Loaded with a BBQ beef and beans and topped with cheese and green onions this potato makes a meal.
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
BBQ Baked Potatoes | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Rip off 6 large sheets of tin foil. Wash the potatoes then set them aside.
  2. In a microwaveable bowl melt the Chef Shamy Garlic butter. With a basting brush spread the butter on one side of each piece of tin foil. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  3. Poke each potato with a fork to make holes for steam to escape as they cook. Put the baked potato right in the center of the tin foil then fold at the top then the sides.
  4. Crank the heat on the grill to medium heat sthen place these on the grill and cook low and slow for 45 minutes-1 hour.
  5. In the last 15 minutes of the potato cooking make the toppings. In a pan brown the beef, garlic and chopped onion until the meat is cooked all the way through. Drain off the extra fat from the pan.
  6. Add the chili beans, beef broth, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, apple cider vinegar, molasses, chili powder, and paprika. Stir to combine and heat through.
  7. Take the potoatoes off the grill and let set for a few minutes. Open the foil carefully since steam will escape. Cut the potato in half.
  8. Fluff the potato then add some more Chef Shamy Garlic Butter. Top with the beef and beans. Sprinkle cheese and green onion. Return to the grill for 2-4 minutes to melt the cheese. Enjoy!

Double Deluxe Tacos

Crispy and crunchy these double deluxe tacos have everything that a taco lover is looking for. Don’t wait for Taco Tuesday to enjoy these Double Deluxe Tacos.

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These tacos have double the taco goodness! A hard taco shell filled with spicy beef wrapped with a flour tortilla then spread with refried beans.  Finish it off by sprinkling with cheese and bake. Top with crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.

What beer pairs well with Double Deluxe Tacos?

The beer: Chicka Chicka Yeah from Odd Side Ales.

For the start of June, I’m living for these fruity, lemon, citrus and bright beers. Nothing heavy just delicious and makes me think of sitting on a beach, getting a tan then taking a nap in the middle of the afternoon.

Chicka Chicka Yeah is the perfect beer for just that.  Similar to my favorite beer, Dirty Blonde, but different enough to feel like it’s not a repeat.

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What TV show pairs well with tacos?

Then for this Mitten Movie Night, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is back so we must binge!! Sadly this is the first half of the last season of this adorable show.  If your a fan of The Office, Parks & Recreation or 30 Rock I think you will love this show too.

How to make Double Deluxe Tacos:

Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger.  Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.  Drain the grease from the pan.

To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin, and chili powder.  Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8″x11″ pan the set up the assembly line.  With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells.  Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.  I found that 6 was the perfect amount for the beans and meat ratio.

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What should I do with those extra taco shells then?

I always like to have tortillas on hand since my 4 yr old loves cheesy roll-ups.  Just add cheese and some chili powder then microwave for 20 seconds and lunch is served.  With a side of fruit, it’s perfect for busy days.

Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like.  Open up some sour cream to top off these double deluxe tacos.

And here you are…..

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From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Double Deluxe Tacos
Double the taco goodness with these Double Deluxe Tacos! A hard shell filled with spicy beef is wrapped with a flour tortilla spread with refried beans.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
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Instructions
  1. Start by browning the pound of ground hamburger. Cook through until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes.
  2. Then drain the grease from the pan. To the beef add the water, beef base, tomato bouillon, cumin and chili powder. Cook medium heat until the bouillon has dissolved and the sauce is reduced which just takes about 4 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and great an 8"x11" pan the set up the assembly line. With a knife spread the refried beans over the flour tortilla shells. Place a hard shell in the center of the flour tortilla then add some the beef to the middle of that. Place the finished taco in the pan and repeat until all 6 of them are done.
  4. Once all the tacos are assembled top them off with cheese then put them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Chop up some lettuce, tomatoes and any other toppings you like. Open up some sour cream. Enjoy!

Beef Ragu

Slow cooking this Beef Ragu on low makes it so the beef falls apart at forks touch.  While it cooks a rich tomato gravy comes together so you have barely any work to do once it comes out of the oven.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

Tonight is our local Christmas parade.  It’s the one thing that I refuse to miss so this Mitten Movie Night will be played out on the streets of our little town.

The holiday parade in our little town reminds me of every small town in almost every Christmas movie I’ve ever seen.  The town crier comes out to start and ends with the most authentic Santa and in between the floats filled with people you do business with or have grown up with pretty much your whole life.  It always makes me feel like I live in one of the most special places around.

So tonight we will fill out bellies up with this delicious dinner then head off to see over 100 floats–let’s just say it doesn’t go quickly.  Then once we get home it will be time for some Holiday ‘Cheer’.

What beer pairs well with a Christmas Parade?

The beer: Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery.

We picked up mini kegs of this Christmas Ale at Costco last week.  Perfect for sharing with guests who are visiting after the parade.

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

How to make Beef Ragu:

To start remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.  When I first started making this I didn’t remove the fat and it would make the sauce very oily.  The roast still stays very tender.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.

In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil.  Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot.  Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes.

Remove the beef and put on a plate.

There will still be some oil in the pan to that add the onion and garlic.  Sautee for 2-3 minutes.  To the onions now add the wine, beef stock, and tomato paste.  Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.  Add the beef back into the pan.  Finally, add the carrots.

Eye of round roast in a pot with carrots and a tomato gravy.

Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours.  Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot.

When this comes out of the oven you should have a sauce that while thick, it will still have a little ‘give’ to it.  Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine.

This beef is very versatile so boil some noodles or whip up some mashed potatoes.  I made some yellow-skinned mashed potatoes because they are a major food group in my life.

Ladle the sauce and beef over the top.

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

Bake up some fluffy rolls and here you are….

Beef Ragu and tomato gravy over mashed potatoes with rolls on the side ready to eat.

From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!

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Beef Ragu
Slow cooked in the oven for 3 hours leaves this Beef Ragu so tender it falls apart. Wine and tomato paste help make a rich sauce. A delicious and hearty Winter meal.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Beef Ragu | Bottom Left of the Mitten
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and make sure your racks are placed so you can add the large pot or dutch oven since you will cook this all in one pot.
  2. Remove any extra fat on the eye of round roast.
  3. In a large pot or dutch oven heat 2 Tbs oil. Salt and pepper each side then add to the pot. Sear each side to trap in the juices for 2-3 minutes. Remove the beef and put on a plate.
  4. In the same pot add the onion and garlic. Sautee for 2-3 minutes. To the onions now add the wine, beef stock and tomato paste. Stir to combine all the liquids together and cook down the tomato sauce so there are no more clumps.
  5. Add the beef back into the pan. Finally add the carrots.
  6. Place a top over the pot and into the oven this goes for 3 hours. Check the roast at 2 to 2-1/2 hours to make sure that there is still liquid in the pot. Adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.
  7. Take the roast out of the sauce and shred or slice it as you like. Add the meat back into the sauce and combine. Serve with noodles or mashed potatoes. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tips & Variations for Beef Ragu:

  • If you prefer to leave the fat on the roast, skim the sauce of fat once it is done the cooking.
  • Depending on the varying temperatures of oven you may have to add a little more beef stock so it does not dry out.  Try adding 1/4 cup at a time as needed.

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