This month’s Dinner’s Ready recipe is brought to you by an energetic and devoted mother of three, Marybeth Bergin of Daphne.
“My kids are involved in all sorts of activities including ballet, gymnastics, softball, baseball, basketball, and flag football,” shared Marybeth. “I love spending time with my kids and watching them have fun. Watching them excel in their various sports and activities makes me proud!”
Marybeth decided to share her family’s favorite Taco in a Bowl recipe.
“The recipe is derived from a cooking-for-two magazine that I subscribed to when I was first married,” she says. “Years later I’ve had to adapt it for a larger and pickier crowd. The ingredients are ones that I almost always have around the house. It only takes a single skillet and is simple to make on a busy weeknight.”
Marybeth has been married to her husband, Shane, for 16 years. They have three children: Wiley (10), Anna (5), and Abby (3). Both she and her husband work full-time as a civil engineer. After work, you can find Marybeth coaching Anna’s 6U softball team and carting the others around to various sporting events. Not to mention, she is a committee member for the City of Daphne.
“We use a family Google calendar to get us all to the right place on the right day,” said Marybeth.
When asked about any fun traditions their family has, Marybeth shared their family’s love for all things Auburn.
“We go to as many Auburn football games as the activity calendar will allow,” she said. “My husband and I are both Auburn graduates and we’ve introduced our kids to Aubie (the school’s tiger mascot) and all things orange and blue since they were babies.”
This Taco in a Bowl recipe will be a great addition when meal planning for any family who loves to eat around the dinner table but might be short on time. It also has an interesting twist on ingredients!
“I haven’t ever tried other taco toppings but I’m sure they’d be yummy too,” Marybeth shared. “We usually serve it with chips and cheese dip and cheese quesadillas. Certainly, a more balanced meal would be to serve it with a salad. This is typically my go-to meal when I haven’t been to the store and we’re cooking with what’s on hand.”
Taco in a Bowl
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1-1/2 cups of water
- Half of a 16oz jar of chunky salsa OR a can of diced tomatoes and a packet of Taco seasoning
- 2 packs of ramen noodles (minus the seasoning pack)
- Shredded cheese
- Crushed tortilla chips
Brown the meat in a large skillet. Drain fat and return to skillet. Add water and salsa (or water and diced tomatoes) with taco seasoning. Break up the ramen in the package and pour the contents into the skillet. Mix together and cook on medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until water is cooked away and the noodles are soft. Scoop into bowls and top with cheese and crushed tortilla chips.