Gingered Pepper Steak, although Asian in origin, has become a comfort food favorite primarily because it is so fast and easy to make. This simple version is stir-fried to completion in under 15 minutes and has few ingredients. You dieters will be very happy with this one because it is also low-fat and low-calorie.
Coke Brisket uses an unusual tenderizing agent: Coke! Cola not only tenderizes this brisket, it also makes a fabulous gravy, flavored with garlic, onion, celery, tomato sauce, and dry onion soup mix. You will not taste the cola, and it is not overly sweet in the least. The gravy is awesome over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
Loco Taco Stuffed Peppers takes an old traditional standby to an entirely new loco bold level. Spicy tortilla chips, salsa, mild green chiles, and rice punch up the beef and sausage stuffing. You can easily vary the heat level through your choices of sausage, chips, and salsa. Check out my notes for variations and substitutions. Olé!
Best Skillet Steak is for those who want that steakhouse flavor without the high price. You won’t need a grill for this simple recipe, but if you have one, go for it! The secret is all in the preparation, method, and finish. There is no marination time nor special ingredients required, so this is the perfect choice for a no-hassle, yet elegant meal at home.
Southwestern Taco Soup will warm you up on a cold winter’s night. Imagine all of your favorite Mexican flavors in a hearty bowl of soup. It is filling enough to make a meal of on its own.
BBQ Bacon Brisket in the Oven is for those who don’t have the time or equipment to smoke the real deal, Texas-style. It is slow-roasted in the oven, and may be made the day before and reheated before serving. The homemade BBQ sauce is simple to whip up, but if you are pushed for time, use your favorite bottled sauce.
Hamburgers Diane is a budget-friendly version of a gourmet restaurant treat. Steak Diane is a beloved dish served at the finest restaurants, but it can be quite expensive. This is an easy version using ground beef patties with a similar rich mushroom wine sauce. The flavor is gourmet enough to please even the most discriminating palate.
Smothered pot roast is a comfort food for many Americans. If you like smothered Swiss steak, try this beef pot roast version with tomatoes, baby red potatoes, carrots, and onions for an easy all-in-one meal.