Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Mexican Build Up

This was my late grandma's recipe and I grew up eating it made by my mom on a semi regular basis. Every time I make it it reminds me of my mom and grandma. It.is.so.good. So good. And really easy to make, which is the kind of recipe that I love! 
Mexican Build Up
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 small onion, chopped (optional--I omit)
1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste 
1 can rotel
3 tomato paste cans of water
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried oregano 
1 tsp cumin 
1 tsp salt 
2 tsp sugar (I use 2 tsp of  honey)
2 medium cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup of cooked rice (this is the rice we buy)
Cook beef (and onions if you are using them) & drain.
Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, rotel, water, and spices. Stir. Then add cooked rice. 
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes until it thickens. 
The reason it's called Mexican Build Up is because you then put it on a bed of chips or fritos and add other toppings!
 Here are some ideas...
shredded lettuce (or you could put it on a bed of lettuce)
Shredded cheddar
Sliced green onions
Black olives
Sour cream 
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