Mexican food is always a go to in our house. With Cinco de Mayo just over a week away, I thought I would share our favorite taco recipe. Tacos are a great meal since everyone can adapt them to their own taste and they provide a good serving of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants depending on your chosen toppings.
Armed with the following ingredients you can have a healthy made from scratch taco dinner ready in under 30 minutes. I am not a salt person and though every recipe calls for it the only time I tend to use salt is when baking and even then I may not use the entire amount. I have never had a problem with salt except I see no reason to add the extra sodium to your diet and so many recipes and foods can be enjoyed just as well by adjusting the seasonings and omitting the salt. I save the salt for where it is enjoyed on the rim of a margarita glass to accompany my mexican dinner.
In order to make these tacos you need to take a minute to get your taco seasoning ready. Here is my basic recipe. It is perfect for seasoning about one pound of meat.
1 Tbsp chili powder 1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp onion powder 1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, ground 1/2 tsp black pepper, ground*
In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients and set aside.
* I use rainbow pepper since that is my standard black pepper mix in the house
1 lb. ground meat ( beef, chicken, or turkey)
Taco Seasoning Mix
2/3 cup water
1 Tbsp olive oil
In a medium size skillet pour the olive oil and heat over medium to medium high temperature. Add your meat and brown, breaking it into small pieces as it cooks. Meanwhile you can begin preparing your toppings. Once the meat is brown you add the taco seasoning mix, 2/3 cup water and stir to coat the meat. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low to simmer for about 5 minutes or until the rest of your dinner is ready.
In several small bowls place your toppings on the table or a designated area in the kitchen so everyone can build their own taco.
Spinach or other dark green, torn or cut into small strips or pieces
Diced pepper – any color or combination of colors
Cheese – I am lazy so it is not shredded in our house, but rather cut into small pieces about 1/4-1/2″ in size
Guacamole or chopped avocado
Salsas, and Sour Cream – as far as salsa we use a store bought generally. It is great when made fresh, but we use salsa on a lot of items and finding ripe tomatoes to make it can be difficult certain times of the year. There are a lot on the market many of which have very few preservatives or none at all. We also enjoy corn salsa, a product from Trader Joe’s that is a staple in our refrigerator.
You can use whatever type of taco shell you prefer though the soft Whole Wheat/Whole Grain are the healthier option.
Everything is ready and set out, so call the troops to dinner and have everyone build their own and enjoy. Kids love this because they get to help make their dinner.