This was one of those recipes. The “OMG these kids have eaten EVERYTHING quick and easy, what’s left in the Costco pantry??” Hustle hustle, sweat, sweat, panic… “ohhhhh salsa, ohhh chips! Hmmmm but how can I make this salsa more substantial and keep them fuller, longer? Yes I’ll add beans and corn! Whew.” Those quotes are my inner dialogue, shared for all the world to see. I call this kind of “cooking” cheater style, really you’re just creating something new from a couple of excellent sources, while it’s delicious, it’s not quite cooking, hence cheater style.
When you have teens you have to be, HAVE. to. be., ready for anything. More food. Rides at 10pm. Shoes outgrown in a week. New coats right after they get new coats. More food. Homework meltdowns. Tons of “dirty” clothes, not worn but dirty. Hormonal workouts. More food. Really though all in all I think as long as you have food to feed them and their friends you’re pretty safe and everything else will fall into place.
This recipe came out of a slight panic attack as you read and the result is now a proven winner. Every trace has been eaten and kids who don’t even like salsa asked if there was more. In fact they seem to have licked the bowl clean and eaten every single scrap of corn chips too. I have three boys, two are currently teens/tweens, one no longer lives at home, he’s off on his own. I am pretty sure we’re glad we don’t have three teen boys at home, I don’t think we could afford to feed them all.