Menu – Salsa Hamburger Pie, Smooth and Creamy Salad

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Easy Salsa Hamburger Pie Menu



Salsa Hamburger Pie
Smooth and Creamy Salad
Green Beans
Toffee Nut Cake


Easy Salsa Hamburger Pie

1 lb. ground beef
1 med. onion, chopped
1 med. green pepper, chopped
1 (10 3/4 oz.) can tomato soup, undiluted
1/4 cup salsa
2 Tbsp. ketchup
1 pkg. (8 1/2 oz.) cornbread mix

Cook first 3 ingredients in a 10 inch oven proof skillet. Drain. Add soup, salsa, and ketchup. Mix cornbread mix according to package and let sit for 2 minutes. Spoon over the other ingredients. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown. You can add veggies to this or sprinkle with grated cheese.


Smooth and Creamy Salad

1 can (15 oz.) fruit cocktail, drained
1-2 bananas, sliced
1 apple, diced
1 orange, peeled and cut into pieces
2 Tbsp. instant vanilla pudding
1 (6 oz) carton vanilla yogurt

Combine all the fruit. Mix the pudding and yogurt then add to fruit. You can refrigerate the leftovers.


Toffee Nut Cake

3 cups flour
2 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cold butter or margarine
1 1/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped and toasted
1 1/2 cup (12 oz.) sour cream
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Mix first 3 ingredients, cut in butter until it looks like coarse crumbs. Place 3 cups of mixture in a bowl and add 1/2 cup of the nuts. Press into 2 greased 9 inch round pans. Mix everything else (except nuts) into the leftover flour mixture blending well. Pour over the crust and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


photo by: sanfranannie


  1. Tawna P says

    Canned soup has increased in price dramatically and one of my kids favorite dinners is grilled cheese and tomato soup. So I tried something. I used tomato paste, skim milk to rinse the can, 2 tbs of sugar, 1 tsp salt, enough additional milk to dilute to desired consistence. I mixed it well and heated it carefully in a sauce pan. From one small can tomato paste I got about the same as 2 cans soup and everyone liked it. Haven’t tried using this idea in a recipe but a couple tbl of paste with a little sugar , salt and water might work well in pie.

  2. Carol says

    What size carton of vanilla yogurt for the Smooth and Creamy Salad?
    Love your recipes and I have purchased you book Dining on A Dime.

    • says

      I fixed the recipe Carol. It is a 6 oz. container. Since it is kind of the dressing for the salad you could use more or less if you want.

  3. Laura says

    I want you to know that I made both the Hamburger Salsa Pie and the Smooth & Creamy Salad this evening. My kids loved them both!!! Thanks for an easy dinner for a lazy Friday.

  4. says

    I fixed this recipe but used a can of diced tomatoes because that is what I already had. The dish was delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Marcia says

    Don’t get me wrong but I find any kind of nuts expensive…but I wouldn’t mind splurging just once in a while on that cake!

    • says

      Yes they are but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a recipe and make it without them and still have something good. It doesn’t mean we have to have all or nothing but can sometimes adapt it to what we can afford.

  6. Maria says

    I am a Swedish reader, and I have always wondered about sweet salads like this. Is it for dessert, or is it to eat together with the main dish? when i have been to restaurants in the us I found salads like this in the salad bar, and it is quite different from what is found in Swedish salad bars. Please enlighten me. :-)

    • says

      We eat them as both. Sometimes just as dessert and other times with the meal. BTW, I spent the summer in Sweden after high school and loved it there!

        • says

          It’s was Vallentuna (spelling not right I’m sure. :-)
          It was really pretty. I was there for the summer and was just amazed at the flowers that my friend’s neighbor had!

          • Maria says

            Vallentuna, that is correctly spelled. That is close to Stockholm. Summers are a nice time of the year in this country:-)I live on the other coast. I really do long for summer to see whether my garden will be pretty this year. I shall grow some more veggies this year. I’ll get 5 tomato plants from a friend tomorrow, suppose I’ll have to house them indoors til it gets warmer. Not sure what else to plant though. I have some sprouted potatoes in my fridge, so those will have to find a spot in the ground at least.

    • says

      We also had a Swedish exchange student living with us for a year too before Tawra went over there. We had so much fun with her finding out how you do things differently from us. Like the salad thing. She also said that we Americans are really into our food in the fact that we have food every where. When she went to a pharmacy here the first time she couldn’t believe we had food items there too and not just medical needs. She found that true of many of our stores like our hardware stores will sell candy bars and things instead of just tools and such. Thanks for asking and holler if you have any other questions.

  7. Maria says

    When I make tomato soup I dice 1 onion saute it a bit. I dump one can of chrushed tomatoes and one can of water in the pan, pinch of sugar, half a tsp of salt and some ground black pepper. If it is a party situation I add 3 Tbsp of butter. If it’s not a party I don’t, it’s good anyway. I usually let it simmer 15-30 minutes
    . At the end I crumble dried oregano into the pot and stir well. My husband adds a bit of cream, half a cup or so when he makes it.
    To serve with any bread you like. Good for a party, since it can be prepared the day before, or even longer, it freezes really well. Crunchy bacon and lots of chopped parsley is nice on too. Often I make 3-4 so I have extra in the freezer for super quick dinner. I don’t know bout the costs in the us, but here I can get a can of tomato soup for 3 dollars, or
    . I get three batches of homemade for that price, not including electricity.
    You can use this soup in most recipes calling for tomato soup. Really convenient to have can sized portions in the freezer then. If I don’t add water in the beginning I have a nice sauce for pasta, add browned ground beef if I have some, if not it’s just lovely as is with a bit of grated cheese on top.

  8. Maria says

    I do have a question!, I will try this tomorrow, with my own tomato soup, if you could tell me what’s in cornbread mix. Can I do it myself, or substitute with something? Don’t have cornbread mix in Sweden:-( . Is it any thing like biscuits or scones? It sounds like a super recipe that I can whip up after work, and that the kids would love! Perfect for Friday evening. All Swedes do the Friday cost time then. And wow are you quick to answer. :-)

  9. Maria says

    :-) fun to know that you guys have a swedish connnection. I was an exchange student with a lovely family in Ohio, but my interests we’re a bit different at age seventeen and I didn’t ask boy the salads. The girl in that family is still one of my closest friends. I’d love to go visit her, but I have to use the money to pay for the house. Good thing email and phones are there. You know, bout 2years ago pharmacies started selling candy in Sweden as well…
    Another question… Any good suggestions for portable breakfast that I can prep the night before? I have had one too many cheese sandwiches by now. Or do I just have to suck it up and get up half an hour earlier? :-)

    • says

      I’m not sure what types of things you have there Maria but here we make biscuit like sandwiches. You make large biscuits or you could use English muffins and fry a sausage patty or bacon, scramble up an egg and a slice of cheese.Put it all together like a sandwich and wrap it up then in the morning when you need it just warm it in the microwave.
      For something even easier you could fry up a bunch of bacon or sausage patties and make a sandwich with it in between some toast and jam.
      You could do peanut butter on toast (this is a really filling one), I love a couple of cinnamon graham crackers sandwiched together with some butter between.
      You could take something like a couple of hard boiled eggs (peeled and ready to go)with a muffin, bagel or English muffin. If you don’t want to do the eggs then just a chunk of cheese with any one of those.
      Make a batch of pancakes and keep them in the freezer. My kids love to spread them with peanut butter or butter and a little sugar then roll them up and eat in their hand. You could again roll one around a cooked link sausage or piece of bacon and warm in the microwave. I don’t know if any of these things were the type of things you were talking about or not but hope this helps.

  10. Maria says

    Cindy, sorry, I meant Friday cosy time. :-) I type badly. Friday evenings most Swedes spend time with their families, and it seems most are eating foods that are quick, kid friendly and liked by the while family. Tacos are popular. Most Swedes watch TV, swedish idol or something like that and eat in front of the tv. We eat first and then play with legos instead of tv. I didn’t know about Friday cosy time until our daughter started in daycare. She came home and demanded chips. I said it’s not Saturday. I know she said. It’s Friday cosy time. everyone eats potatochips on friday she said. It seems all of Sweden watch TV and eat potato chips. :-) so we made its our own cosy time, loose the chips. I checked with my coworkers. It’s Friday, it’s Friday cosy time. :-) Friday cost time sounds like something we ought to do. Go through our finances weekly.

    Jill, I do like your breakfast ideas, and I am sure my husband will as well. I’ll make some biscuits, with the eggs and cheese and wrap up for us. That should keep me going til lunch. Also I forgot how nice peanutbutter sandwiches are. I’ll try all of your ideas and I am sure that some will be keepers.
    The kids now eat breakfast at daycare so we usually just run out with no breakfast, the sooner I get to work the sooner I can pick them up again.:-) making things ahead makes me eat. So I’ll try these and be happier during the morning and not be prone to drive through for expensive McDonald breakfast.


    • says

      Marie I didn’t know if you guys like Mexican food or not but since you like tacos I guess you do so here is one more idea. My grandkids have started making breakfast burritos. The scramble up eggs, fry some hash browns, crumbled bacon or sausage, grated cheese and roll all of these mixed together in a flour tortilla shell. They then wrap and freeze. This makes a bunch so they then just pull one out and microwave for breakfast or lunch. I haven’t eaten one myself but they seem to love them.

      • Lori says

        Jill & Maria,
        I love burritos, they are an excellent idea for breakfast and lunch. I make a bunch of lunch burritos with ground beef and potatoes and sometimes refried beans and even rice. Quick and easy and a lot cheaper than buying lunch every day. For the breakfast ones, I use chorizo with eggs and cheese and some potatoes. You really can put anything in them and just wrap them in a large flour tortilla. I found the recipes on the Money Saving Mom site.


      • Maria says

        Jill, we do like mexican food. And I do have flour tortillas waiting at home, and all the rest as well. I’ll definitley try these.
        We actually have peanutbutter that I bought for baking. So on my way to work today I had coffe and PB toast and feel so much more alert this morning. So I will stop surfing now and start working. I just wanted to say thanks!

        • says

          Glad you enjoyed it Marie. I need to go back to eating them myself. My granddaughter who is a bean pole (super, super thin) from the time she was a toddler has eaten just peanut butter on toast for breakfast every morning and I tease her that is why she is so thin – maybe if her grandma ate the same I would lose a pound or two. : ) It really is very satisfying too like you said.

  11. Pam says

    I have a question about the creamy salad. Is the 2 T of instant vanilla pudding just the powder or is the pudding prepared with milk and you use 2 T of that?

  12. Rachel H says

    I have made a variation of this hamburger pie, and I loved it, but my husband did not. It’s so disappointing to find something you like, then there is no point in making it bc your family won’t eat it! But I press on. I like to try new recipes, so I am always on the lookout. My husband would be happy if we had spaghetti or beans and rice every night, and the 19 year old eats just about anything!

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