DCL Recipes: Taco Pasta Salad and Bourbon Slushies

02 Aug 2017
DCL Recipes: Taco Pasta Salad and Bourbon Slushies Amy Poore

This summer is flying by, and for those of you who are still out enjoying long, lazy (and hot!) days, this month’s taco pasta salad recipe will allow you to whip up a great meal in no time flat. We love tacos. We love pasta, and pasta salad. Combine the two? It’s summer magic! 

And if you’re looking for a treat to relax and help you beat the heat, give this bourbon slushie a try. This is a great, mild bourbon-flavored libation that is made for summertime porch (and patio) sipping. Make up a batch for an outdoor party or BBQ, too. 

Enjoy the rest of your summer break, and as always, bon appétit! 

Taco Pasta Salad

1 pound ground beef 

1 small sweet onion, chopped 

1 pound rotini pasta, cooked and drained 

1 packet of taco seasoning 

1 green pepper, diced small 

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved 

2 cups Mexican blend cheese 

One 15-ounce bottle of Wish Bone French Dressing 

3 cups shredded lettuce (I use the bag kind because it makes it easy) 

1 9 ¾-ounce bag of Doritos, crushed 

Cilantro, finely chopped for garnish 

 

Brown meat and onion in the same pan until cooked through, drain, and return to pan. 

Stir in taco seasoning, mix well.

In a large bowl, stir together meat mixture, pasta, green pepper, tomatoes, cheese, and dressing.

To serve, you can use either a large serving bowl or individual bowls.

Layer lettuce, then crushed Doritos, and top with pasta mixture. Garnish with cilantro.

Serve immediately. 

 

Bourbon Slushies  

2 cups bourbon 

4 cups water 

1 can lemonade concentrate 

1/2 can orange concentrate 

2 cups sweet tea 

 

Freeze in a large, shallow Tupperware or Pyrex dish. 

Stir every 30-45 mins until totally slushy.  

Garnish with an orange slice. 

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Amy Poore

I am a newly married 34 year old southern girl. Pooreamy is a play on my name and really an oxymoron because my life is full, rich and happy. I’m an open book who loves to talk, share and hopefully help others with some of the things (actual items and wisdom) I have discovered and continue to discover over the years. I live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is the home of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and my Alma Mater.

I grew up on a farm in Cullman eating the best fresh country food you have ever tasted! I was an only child and because my mother and grandmother were both excellent cooks I never once worried about why it tasted so good or how to recreate it (I was kind of spoiled like that – never had to help in the kitchen). Now with my love of cooking, looking back I really regret not getting in there and learning a few tricks from my Mammaw. Luckily, I have my mom to pass on recipes and helpful tips but there are several things she never felt the need to learn either. I also believe that my raising had to do with the reason I love food – all kinds of food – as a child I had to have 3 bites of everything on my plate (Brussels sprouts, liver etc.) and I had to adamantly say I didn’t like it on three occasions to not have to ever eat it again. Needless to say, in the end, there were very few things that I didn’t like. Liver was one of them – I still don’t like it.

So……now I LOVE to cook and eat and I also like to share things. Blogging seemed to be a great way to do both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. Please feel free to make comments, suggestions and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer them all. Y’all come back, ya hear!

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