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Recipes: Taco Meat and Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes


The Freezer cooking continues! This morning I set a big pot of beans to get cooking in my crockpot. I love to cook up a lot of pinto beans at one time to use in chimichangas, burritos and beans and rice throughout the month. I portion it out into 2 cup servings which seems to be a good size for our family.

Next I cooked up five pounds of ground beef and made up a taco seasoning recipe on the fly. It’s so nice to throw together a bunch of bulk spices and herbs to season meat with.


Then, I experimented with a Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe. If it’s a hit, I’ll be sure to share it. Or you can experiment on your own. Just mash a few cloves or a whole head of roasted garlic into your favorite mashed potato recipe.


I’m tired already. It was a lifesaver to have FishPapa watch the kids last month when I did this. I think I’m getting my mom and sister to come next time as reinforcements.

No one should have to peel 12 pounds of potatoes by themselves, now should they?

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  1. I hear ya on peeling potatoes, but I’d sure rather peel 15 lbs once a month that a pound or two several times a month. I HATE peeling potatoes but I LOVE mashed potatoes! :)

    I’m going to have to try your roasted garlic and the taco seasoning! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica,
    I just wanted to say Thanks for being one of my Top Referrers for March! I really appreciate it!
    ~Liz

  3. Thanks for posting the Taco Seasoning Mix! I love how you have figured mixes out! I also use your recipe for onion dip (from good&cheap eats!) I love not needed to depend on a packet from the grocery store or being able to create it with what i’ve got! Thanks so much!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Ooh. That dip sounds good. I haven’t bought sour cream in over three months due to health issues. Good thing. Otherwise, I’d be eating that!

  4. That garlic looks delish!! I roughy my littles how to use the peeler so potatoes aren’t my job 😀

  5. What did you do with the garlic mashed potatoes? What else did you add to them? I am assigned to make some for our Easter dinner and would love any suggestions.
    Thanks.

  6. Hubby loves it when I add Cumin to my Taco seasoning. I dont like Cumin but he loves it. 😉

  7. Thank you for posting the taco seasoning mix. My kids love all types of Mexican food, so I’ve been looking to move away from the seasoning in a package.

  8. I am so pleased to have a recipe for Taco seasoning that will save me £1.50 on a sachet each time I make Tacos. Now can you please send instructions on making recipe cards so I can collect all your fab recipes

  9. When you say you portion out 2 cups of beans per serving, do you mean that you place 2 cups of beans in a plastic baggie and freeze them? I have never tried to freeze beans; not sure how this works. Once frozen, do you just pull a baggie out and let it thaw in the fridge for 24 hours, or??? Thanks for your help.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I use reusable plastic containers for storing them. Baggies might leak, but if you prefer that or want to save space, that is fine. Yes, you can thaw overnight or rewarm/thaw in a pan or in the microwave.

      • You can freeze portions in a glass dish/on a glass plate or on a cookie sheet lined w/ parchment,, after 1/2-1hour, just take the portions and place them in a freezer bag for space saving without the bad health effects of the plastic leaching into the food. Same for soups, stews, etc. Usually I freeze them in pyrex/corning ware, and if they are for longer term (or I need the dishes!) then I dislodge them and place them in plastic lined with parchment.

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