The second recipe I made with the Taco Joe meat mixture was for Taco Topped Tater Nests. Very good, easy to make, uses instant potatoes, which I do use when the potatoes are getting withered and nasty.
The taco meat is already cooked and it takes no time to mix up the potatoes. The biggest amount of time went into making the potato nests. I put them in the oven to heat but you could certainly do them in the microwave. You are just heating them to make sure they are hot and melt the cheese.
The sour cream gave the potatoes a nice taste and texture. I froze the extras to reheat on a night when I don’t feel like cooking.
Add a salad and a light dessert, maybe fruit and you have a meal without a lot of fuss and time spent.
Taco-Topped Tater Nests
2 cups water
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
½ cup dairy sour cream
2 cups instant mashed potato flakes
2 cups Taco Joes meat mixture (left from your Taco Joes)
2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 350° or heat in microwave. Lightly grease six 10 ounce custard cups or ramekins. In medium saucepan combine water and garlic salt; bring to a rolling boil. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, blending well. With fork stir in potato flakes until blended.Spoon potato mixture evenly into the 6 dishes. With a spoon make a well in the center of each dish leaving some potato on the bottom of the dish. Spoon about ⅓ cup of the meat mixture into each dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 350° 10 to 15 minutes until hot and cheese is melted. Or heat in microwave until cheese melts.
If using microwave, heat the meat mixture for a few seconds before spooning into dishes.