I love tacos.  As a kid, I was so excited when my mom told me it was taco night.  I remember the taco shells nested together in the oven, the little bowls of shredded cheese and salsa, and of course the yummy taco meat.  As delicious as this meal was, it was made using the packaged taco kits, which included huge amounts of sodium, partially hydrogenated oils, msg, and a host of other scary chemicals and preservatives.  As you can probably guess, I just can’t bring myself to eat this kind of food anymore.  Which means I had to find a replacement – a way to enjoy tacos without compromising my standards for what I will put into my family’s bodies.  I tried improvising by just seasoning ground beef with chili powder and cumin, but it never tasted very good.  I looked for recipes, and was having a hard time finding something simple enough and with the same flavor profile as the taco seasoning packets of my youth (and even my early 20′s!).

I finally came across this recipe on MyRecipes.com, originally from the magazine Southern Living.  It has a simple enough ingredient list, is made all in one pan, and, as a bonus, includes beans.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a huge fan of beans, but appreciate how healthy they are and am trying to find ways to incorporate them into my diet.  Plus, in a recipe like this, they help the meat to go further, helping us to be less dependent on animal sources of protein – a good thing for our health and the environment.

I made a few modifications from the original recipe to make a simple recipe even easier, but I’ll note where I took shortcuts so that you can be more diligent if you choose :)



2 Responses to Tacos!

  1. Nicole says:

    I’m glad you posted this! You had sent it to me a while back and I was actually planning to make it in the next few days, so it’s helpful to read your recipe notes : )

  2. Nicole says:

    I finally, finally made these last night and they were amazing! Grass-fed beef, organic corn taco shells, avocado and monterey jack cheese on top – YUM. I think Steve is going to want them every week now : )

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