Beef & Potato Fiesta Melts – Tastefully Simple

These were such a hit here at the house tonight! You’ve got to give this recipe a try. Super simple with just 10 easy steps! They have great flavor thanks to Tastefully Simple’s Fiesta Party Seasoning (an ALL NATURAL product) and they absolutely taste AMAZING!!!

Recipe below.

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Beef & Potato Fiesta Melts

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Beef & Potato Fiesta Melts

2 medium peeled potatoes
1 lb ground beef
2 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend or pepper jack works well)
6-8 flour tortillas (size 8 inch)
3-4 tbsp favorite fresh or jar salsa (we use a red roasted one from Costco)
sour cream (optional)

Step 1 – Peel and dice potatoes (the smaller the better). Put them in a microwave safe glass bowl and add 1 tbsp water. Cover with plastic wrap or press n seal. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes or until soft.  Remove plastic wrap and stir. Set aside to cool.

Step 2 – Brown the ground beef with a little salt & pepper if desired. Drain well. Set aside. Place the potatoes into the same pan the ground beef was in and cook over medium high heat until just starting to crisp a bit.

Step 3 – Add the ground beef and salsa to the potatoes.

Step 4 – Add the Fiesta Party Seasoning (we use 2 tbsp, but you can use just 1 if you don’t like a big kick of spice). Stir and cook on low until well combined and heated through (about 5 to 8 minutes).

Step 5 – While this mixture is cooking brown your tortillas on both sides a bit over a gas burner or warm them in the microwave to soften.

Step 6 – Assemble the melts by adding a little cheese (2 or 3 tbsp) on each tortilla.

Step 7 – Add the same amount of the meat mixture to the top of the cheese.

Step 8 – Add more cheese.

Step 9 – Roll up like a burrito, but be sure to flatten them out a bit with the palm of your hand once they are rolled up.

Step 10 – Place them all on a plate and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes to melt the cheese completely. Cut them on a diagonal and serve with sour cream, extra salsa or guacamole.

Grab your Fiesta Party Seasoning here

Chipotle Garlic Roasted Chickpea Potato Salad – Tastefully Simple

Here’s a great new recipe for you using Tastefully Simple products that is light and flavorful! I made this on Monday night for a gathering of TS Consultants and it was a hit. I really wanted to lighten up the traditional mayonnaise filled potato salad while incorporating some freshness. The asparagus and lemon do just that! This would compliment almost any main dish and would make a great pot luck recipe as it is so unexpected and unique. Our Chipotle Seasoning is part of the TS EatWell line and is sooooooooooo yummy. Check out the list of ingredients on it…”Salt, dehydrated garlic, dehydrated onion, chipotle chile, cilantro flakes”. That’s one short list! The reviews on the Roasted Garlic Infused Oil used in this recipe are surely enough to convince you to try it out. The two products together are just plain magical. Have you ever looked into the benefits of eating chickpeas? Check out this awesome breakdown of benefits if not over at Medical News Today. I really had no idea just how great they are! 

Chipotle Garlic Roasted Chickpea Potato Salad

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Chipotle Garlic Roasted Chickpea Potato Salad


2-3 tbsp TS Chipotle Seasoning
TS Roasted Garlic Infused Oil
2 cans chickpeas (drained)
5 medium to large red potatoes (cleaned & diced)
2 bunches asparagus (cleaned & trimmed)
1 – 2 lemons
salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drain chickpeas and lay on paper towels until pretty dry. Place them in a bowl and coat with the Roasted Garlic Infused Oil and 1 tbsp Chipotle Seasoning. Toss well. Spread them out onto a cookie sheet. Roast for 12 mins and stir. Return them to the oven for 10 – 12 more minutes. Remove chickpeas from cookie sheet, set them aside and keep warm.

Add the potatoes to the same bowl used for the chickpeas and coat with more Roasted Garlic Infused Oil, 1 – 2 tbsp Chipotle Seasoning, salt & pepper. Toss well. Spread them out on the same cookie sheet. Roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, flip the potatoes and add the prepared asparagus along with another drizzle of Roasted Garlic Infused Oil. Toss gently and roast for
12 – 15 minutes.

Combine the chickpeas, potatoes and asparagus in a large bowl and squeeze the juice of 1 – 2 lemons over the top. Add the zest of 1 lemon and a couple drizzles of the Roasted Garlic Infused Oil to the mixture. Stir until well coated. Taste test and add as much salt & pepper as desired. Serve as a side dish while still hot.

I served mine in a mini crock pot so it would stay hot.

You can find and shop for the Chipotle Seasoning here. You can find and shop for the Roasted Garlic Infused Oil here. You can find my TS Website here and my TS FB Page here.


Rustic Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies – Tastefully Simple

I’m so ready for summer eats! I made this last weekend for a special shower and it turned out so delicious I had to share it. Pasta salad can be simple to make. It just needs great flavor and fresh ingredients to be a refreshing side dish. Our rustic herb seasoning is the perfect compliment to fresh basil leaves and the already fantastic bottle of prepared dressing. I love using Cheese Fantasico because I find Italian dressing a little too tart for pasta salads. I hope you enjoy this one all summer long!

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pasta salad recipe by Tastefully Simple

Rustic Pasta Salad with Fresh Veggies Recipe

This recipe is for a big double batch (you can cut everything in half if you need a smaller batch)

Pasta Ingredients:
2 lbs rotini pasta (cooked, drained, cooled & rinsed)
6 medium tomatoes (chopped)
2 medium zucchini (sliced thin and cut in small pieces)
12 – 16 fresh large basil leaves (torn or sliced in chiffonade style)
salt & pepper

Dressing Ingredients:
1 bottle Cheese Fantastico dressing by Bernsteins
3 oz grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 a tub)
salt & pepper

Before Serving:
olive oil (for drizzling)


Prepare dressing by mixing the cheese fantastico, rustic herb seasoning and some salt & pepper together in a medium. Let chill while preparing the pasta ingredients.

Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain, rinse and let cool. Chop veggies. Add pasta and veggies to an extra large bowl. Season with some salt & pepper.

Add the prepared dressing and mix well. Taste for seasoning and adjust as needed. Chill in refrigerator for 2 – 4 hours before serving.

Right before serving drizzle with olive oil and stir again if you feel the dressing has soaked into the pasta.

You can find and purchase our RUSTIC HERB SEASONING here. My Tastefully Simple website can be found here.