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Bento Recipe: Ground beef salad


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This is not a dish in itself, but something that is easy to make, takes little time, and can be used in a lot of ways. "Ground beef salad" is a tongue-in-cheek play on chicken salad, as I don't know what else to call this stuff. I don't think it's wet enough to belong to the realm of the sloppy joe.

What you'll need:

    Ground beef, as much as you plan to cook
    Tomato sauce (or acceptable substitute, such as Ragu sauce)
    Cheese, if desired
    Whatever else is desired

First off, this recipe is made by taste, not by specific amounts. I make it the way I like it, which is pretty simple and quick. You may like it spicier. Feel free to throw in any spices you like, or even leave out the cheese. I wouldn't recommend leaving the tomato sauce out, though, as without that the meat won't stick together.

Anyway, brown the ground beef in a frying pan over medium heat. Drain it well, then add in the tomato sauce and cheese, tablespoonful by tablespoonful, until you achieve a texture and consistency you like; add in any other ingredients you like as you go. The last time I made this I used one pound of lean ground beef, 5 or 6 tablespoons of Hunt's basil, garlic & oregano tomato sauce, and 3 tablespoons of Tostitos cheese dip. I ended up with some meat salad that would stick together reasonably well, and wasn't so wet it would soak right through stuff like tortillas.

A few ways you can use this stuff include tacos, burritos, onigiri, "mini pitaburgers" (with mini-pitas), "fiesta" (with lettuce, crushed corn chips, rice, and tomatoes), in baked potato skins, and donburi topping. Shoot, it's not bad on French bread either.