Nontraditional Christmas – Mexican Pile On

11 Jan
GP and I spent Christmas at my Mom’s house in Texas this year. It was wonderful; the temps were in the 70’s, I got to play with my niece and nephew so much, I saw my best friend and her baby for the first time in over a year, and I ate Taco Bueno. We don’t have this leader of fast food Mexican in North Carolina, so GP and I always stop by for lunch one day when we’re in TX. We also wanted to get some real barbecue, but we sadly never got the chance. 
Strangely, of all the eating we did over the holiday, we never had a traditional Christmas meal. Oh, sure, we had the traditional Christmas breakfast that our family always shares, but we didn’t have the turkey and dressing with cranberry sauce supper that we usually enjoy. Instead, we did things quite a bit differently this year. We got together with one side of the family and had tortilla soup and sandwiches for dinner, then had the other side over for Mexican Pile On. 
See, if you ever need to feed a humongous group of people but don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, Mexican Pile On is the way to go. All you really need to do is cook up some taco meat and some rice, then set out an assembly line of food and let people make their own plates (pile it on their own plates, hence the name Pile On). 
Here’s how it goes:
Prep time: 20 to 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 12, with 2 lbs of meat
Can easily be cut in half or doubled
chips such as Tostitos or Fritos
3 – 4 cups cooked rice
1 -2 lbs cooked taco meat (ground beef or turkey cooked with taco seasoning – easy)
diced tomatoes and onions
shredded lettuce
grated cheese
sour cream
1. Cook the meat and rice
2. Lay everything out in the order listed above.
3. Give people plates, and let them build their meal however they want.
4. Eat.
Remember to take smaller portions than you think necessary, because by the time you make it to the end, your plate will likely be overflowing.


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