Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tetris Tacos

Now I guess while cooking this super easy recipe, you can play the Tetritheme song in the background! 

Tetris Tacos are super easy and super delicious!

~I wish they had multicolored taco shells on the market. That would make this recipe even geekier and legitimate!~

Level: n00b
Time: 20 Minutes
Makes 12 Tetris Tacos

The Goods:

1 package of ANY taco seasoning (McCormick, Taco Bell, Old El Paso, Ortega, Etc.)
1 pound Lean Ground Beef or Turkey
3/4 cups water
Taco Shells or Small Soft Taco Tortillas (TRY BOTH)
Shredded Lettuce
Chopped Tomatoes
Shredded Cheese
Sour Cream
Salsa or favorite hot sauce! 
(Optional) 1/2 cup Chopped Onions and 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil (Optional)


(Optional: Heat pan or skillet on medium-high heat, pour one tablespoon olive oil and chopped onions in pan. Cook and caramelize the onions until soft. Then continue to next step..)

1. In a large pan or skillet Brown the meat on Medium-High Heat. Drain fat into jar NOT DOWN THE SINK! (If you used the onions you do not need to remove them from pan, just mix with the beef.)

2. STIR in seasoning mix and 3/4 cup water.

3. Bring mixture to a BOIL. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes while stirring occasionally.  While the taco mix cooks, you can chop any lettuce or tomatoes that you want to top the tacos with in the meantime. 

4. Spoon mixture into taco shells or soft tortillas, pile on the toppings!! 

***For extra "Tetris-y" goodness, heat up one can of refried beans. Take a soft tortilla and spread beans on one side. Take the hard taco shell and place it in the middle of the soft "bean-y" tortilla and let the beans act as a glue to stick to the hard shell. WINNING!***

"My taste buds just got PWNED!" -Megs
Cooking for Noobs

Monday, June 6, 2011

Left 4 Dead Themed Snacks

Tonight to kick off our first recipe I will be helping you prepare 2 different finger foods for you to enjoy!

Inspired by the game Left 4 Dead

Both recipes include the most delicious quick cookin meat on the planet... BACON!

First recipe is the Bacon Boomer!

Inspired by the Boomer Zombies in game


Anyway to make these delicious snacks you will only need 30 minutes of your time:

Level: n00b

The Goods:


  • -  3 slices bacon
  • -   8 portabellini mushrooms
  • -  1 tablespoon butter
  • -  1tablespoon chopped onion
  • -  3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • - 1/4 cup cream cheese


1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, "splice" (Chop) and set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

3. Remove mushroom stems. Set aside caps. Chop the stems.

4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Slowly cook and stir the chopped stems and onion until the onion is soft. Add Garlic salt, salt, and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

5. In a medium bowl, stir together the mushroom stem mixture, bacon, cheddar and cream cheese. Mix well and scoop the mixture into the mushroom caps.

6.  Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and place stuffed boomers on sheet.

7. Bake in the preheated oven 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

8. Remove the mushrooms from the oven, and enjoy!

(They literally explode with flavor and juices.. just like the boomers.)

***TRY WITH FAVORITE HOT SAUCE FOR ADDED KICK .. Besides what's a zombie without the blood?!?***

The next recipe is something with a little more kick.

"Bacon Smokers" inspired by the Smoker Zombies.  

The bacon that wraps around the jalapeno totally reminds me of the smoker tongue!

This recipe will only take 20 minutes of your time.

Level: n00b

The Goods:

  • -  1 (16 ounce) package Cheddar cheese
  • -  6 jalapeno peppers, seeded and halved
  • - 1/4 cup Cream Cheese
  • -  12 slices bacon
  • *Optional* Latex or plastic gloves, jalapeno oils irritate skin.
  • *Optional* Toothpicks


1. Preheat the broiler.

2. Shred cheddar cheese, mix together with cream cheese. Scoop cheese mixture into the halves. 

3. Slightly cook bacon in a deep pan, make sure the bacon is still flimsy enough to wrap around the jalapeno slices.

4. Wrap the jalapeno halves with the bacon slices, securing with a toothpick, if necessary. Place on a medium baking sheet that is lined with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

5. Broil 5 to 10 minutes, or until the bacon is evenly brown.


Enjoy and see you next time....


~Cooking for N00bs~

***I do not own the rights to any of the "Left 4 Dead" photos. These are merely shown as inspiration to my dish and all photo credit in regards to this game goes to Valve Corporation***